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Friedman: A road trip through rusting and rising America

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Donald Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like...

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Krugman: The unfreeing of American workers

American conservatives love to talk about freedom. Milton Friedman’s famous pro-capitalist book and TV series were titled “Free to Choose.” And the hard-liners in the House pushing for a complete dismantling of Obamacare call...

Smith: The love story of Waylon and Sylvia
Smith: The love story of Waylon and Sylvia

I believe in free public education at all levels.

In the last year before school consolidation, I taught nine students in a wood frame schoolhouse, way out on the hard red winter wheatfields of northwest Montana.

There was no school bus.

Stephens: ‘The Flight 93 election’ crashes again

In case you’ve had the pleasure of forgetting, “The Flight 93 Election” was the title of a portentous essay, published in September under a Roman pseudonym in The Claremont Review of Books, that declared the stakes for the United...

Forrester: Drone range a development opportunity

I hesitate to say that something is new in Pendleton’s economy after dashed hopes over the years.

Why has Pendleton not landed payrolls that have gone to Hermiston? Several reasons.

If you need bare land near interstate highways,...

Gulliford: A river trip ends in tragedy
Gulliford: A river trip ends in tragedy

As spring returns to the West, I think about a day last summer when we packed for a rafting trip, never thinking to pack for death. We took clothes, cameras, river gear, sleeping bags and tents. We never dreamed there might be a tragedy, a whitewater...

Kristof: Dangerous times for Trump and the nation

The Trump presidency may now be disintegrating, tumbling toward entropy.

By firing James Comey as FBI director, President Trump set in motion the appointment Wednesday evening of Robert Mueller as special counsel. Mueller is a Trump...

Other views: Give churches freedom of speech, but why freedom from taxation?

Give churches freedom of speech, but why freedom from taxation?

It’s not clear what Lyndon Johnson was thinking in 1954. The then-U.S. senator introduced an amendment to a bill that prevented some tax-exempt organizations, including...

Bruni: Trump and the tattlers

For a president so given to fantasy and fond of alternative facts, Donald Trump has been right about one thing all along: His government is a shockingly leaky vessel.

Thank heaven for that.

It’s not judges or senators who...

York: On Capitol Hill, growing frustration with FBI secrecy about Russia probe
York: On Capitol Hill, growing frustration with FBI secrecy about Russia probe

Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump affair have multiplied in the days since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Almost invariably, Democrats and others calling for a prosecutor say such a step is needed to...

Leonhardt: Help for the working class

The great new dividing line in American life is the four-year college degree. The line runs through virtually every part of society.

The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else has soared in recent years. The unemployment gap...

Kristof: Is Trump obstructing justice?

When George Washington was preparing to take office, everybody wondered what to call him. Senators proposed lofty titles like “Illustrious Highness” and “Sacred Majesty.”

But Washington expressed irritation at...

Egan: Who will save the republic?

You have seen them on high, scurrying with great urgency between columns of marble, the clicks of Armani-heeled favor seekers never far behind. You have heard them in the past few days, saying they are “troubled” or...

Husted: Standing for science and the arts
Husted: Standing for science and the arts

Coming out of the Safeway parking lot recently I was struck by the bumper sticker on the pickup ahead of me. GIVE INTELLIGENCE A CHANCE.

Good idea, I thought. But what does it say about us, about our society, that we need to suggest this on a...

Leblond: An exile returns to his roots
Leblond: An exile returns to his roots

There’s a place in the northeastern corner of Oregon that I’ve come to love: Zumwalt Prairie, between the Wallowa Mountains and Hells Canyon. It supports one of the largest Buteo hawk breeding populations known on the continent,...

Stephens: The Comey canning’s easy tells
Stephens: The Comey canning’s easy tells

With Donald Trump, the tells are always easy.

When the president says, “I’m, like, a smart person,” you know he nurses deep insecurities about his intelligence. When he says, “I’m really rich,”...

York: Spending bill, not Obamacare, reveals deep GOP division

If you want to see what divides Republicans in Congress, don’t look at the struggle to repeal and replace Obamacare. Look at spending.

The House’s narrow passage of a partial repeal of Obamacare dominated media for days. Happening...

KRUGMAN: Party like it’s 1984

There have been many bad laws in U.S. history. Some bills were poorly conceived; some were cruel and unjust; some were sold on false pretenses. Some were all of the above.

But has there ever been anything like Trumpcare, the health legislation...

Wood: Springtime on the diamond
Wood: Springtime on the diamond

My wife and I have had a now nearly three decade long friendly difference of opinion regarding what time of year is our personal favorite. She is a fan of the fall. She particularly likes the leaves brilliantly changing color and falling...

OP-ED: Trump’s Civil War

Good grief! Where did Donald Trump go to high school?

He has his Jacksons mixed up. The one who fought in the Civil War was Confederate Major General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863) who, on August 28, 1862,...

The West’s iconic trains head for the sunset

If you see a train, better get on it. The California Zephyr, the Coast Starlight, the Empire Builder, the Texas Eagle and my favorite, the Southwest Chief, may soon be heading West for one last ride. Back in my railroad days, when a brakeman...

OP-ED: “Why should I vote for the fire station bond?”

On May 16, Pendleton voters will be asked support a bond to build a new fire station. Hopefully, they will ask themselves “What’s in it for me?” before marking their ballots.

Rapid and effective emergency response is the...

Hebert: The fun and absurdity of aging

When you go shopping a good rule is to beat the traffic by always parking your car away from the others in a safer space. Because up closer to the front door other drivers are backing out about to crunch into you and shopping carts are left...

Trump: Crazy like a fox, or just crazy?

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Has the first 100 days of the presidency made Donald Trump nuts?

I don’t ask that question as a doctor. I don’t do medical diagnoses. I ask it as a newspaper reader. You read all of...

Wyden: Rural Oregon wants health care solutions
Wyden: Rural Oregon wants health care solutions

Quality rural healthcare always has been and always will be a fundamental foundation to sustain robust rural life in Oregon.

Maintaining quality rural healthcare poses special challenges when hospitals and doctors may be a long drive or...

York: A lot of Republicans don’t want to repeal Obamacare

“We’re going to go when we have the votes,” Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any “artificial deadline,”...

Leonhardt: School vouchers aren’t working, but choice is

Betsy DeVos’ favorite education policy keeps looking worse. Last week, the Education Department, which she runs, released a careful study of the District of Columbia’s use of school vouchers, which she supports. The results were...

Egan: White House of grifters

They dress nice and probably smell good, and most of them don’t even muss the furniture. Wealth gives them the patina of respectability — the American reflex of deference to the rich. But make no mistake: The Trump family and assorted...

OP-ED: What unites us is greater than what divides us

We are writing because we are distressed by the tone and nature of political discourse in our country, and we want to do something about it. That itself is not so unusual. What is unusual is that we are very different politically, and yet we have...

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