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Egan| Trickle down Trumpsters and the debasement of language

On Father’s Day last week, the highest-paid employee of Washington State University tweeted out a video of a 2014 speech by Barack Obama that was altered to make him sound like a one-world-government tyrant.

When called on the fraud,...

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Olson | Tariffs on China could burn rural Oregon
Olson | Tariffs on China could burn rural Oregon

On Monday, President Trump ordered new tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports, in response for China’s retaliation against previously announced tariffs. Our economic landscape is now vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic...

What Republicans suspect about the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe
What Republicans suspect about the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe

The struggle to uncover the FBI’s conduct in the Trump-Russia probe has made some congressional investigators deeply suspicious of the bureau. But what do those investigators think actually happened in the Trump-Russia affair — at least,...

Pearce | I’m the one fighting for Hamley’s

I read the editorial about Hamley’s in Saturday’s paper with some curiosity. As one of the subjects of the criticism handed out so freely,...

Goldberg | The Trump apologists and the crying children
Goldberg | The Trump apologists and the crying children

Apparently there are some people close to Donald Trump with the capacity for shame. Not decency or courage, of course, but at least furtive recognition that they’re complicit in something vile.

Over the past few days, stories of...

Leonhardt: Big business is squashing small
Leonhardt: Big business is squashing small

The next round of media consolidation has arrived. AT&T has bought Time Warner, thanks to a federal judge’s ruling last week. Comcast and Disney are fighting with each other to buy 21st Century Fox. CBS, Verizon and Viacom, among others,...

Smith: Secret Service confidential
Smith: Secret Service confidential

I am disengaged from politics because neither the Democratic nor Republican Party has ever convinced me that they are interested in working people, in an equitable redistribution of wealth, or will ever put an end to war. I am an informal member of...

Op-Ed | Oregon DHS needs all hands to help children
Op-Ed | Oregon DHS needs all hands to help children

Taking care of Oregon’s most vulnerable is at the heart of the Department of Human Services. To do that, we rely on thousands of incredibly caring people who work very hard under extreme circumstances to do their best. Our staff are on the...

Brooks| Personalism: The philosophy we need
Brooks| Personalism: The philosophy we need

One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy...

Smith | Loggers and wood manufacturing are keys to forest health
Smith | Loggers and wood manufacturing are keys to forest health

Arizona and New Mexico once had a vibrant forest products industry that contributed to the social, economic and environmental vitality of the region. That infrastructure disappeared as changes in federal forest policy all but eliminated timber...

Trail | Normal isn’t normal anymore
Trail | Normal isn’t normal anymore

Ah, “the new normal” — how many times have you heard those words in the past few years? Endless security lines at airports? Bitter partisan politics? Working multiple jobs with no benefits? All of these are “the new...

Bruni | How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump
Bruni | How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump

Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters:

I get that you’re angry. I’m angry, too. But anger isn’t a strategy. Sometimes it’s a trap. When you find yourself spewing four-letter words, you’ve...

York | On North Korea, a president who tried something different
York | On North Korea, a president who tried something different

Reaction to President Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has broken down along the usual Trump-anti-Trump divisions. The truth is, it will take a while before it’s clear whether the summit achieved anything or...

Kristof | Trump was outfoxed in Singapore
Kristof | Trump was outfoxed in Singapore

It sure looks as if President Donald Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore.

Trump made a huge concession — the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself,...

Egan | The secret life and value of trees
Egan | The secret life and value of trees

While we were obsessing over the self-obsessive one, people who take a much longer view of things have been debating the question of whether trees talk to one another, experience pain, have sex and send out signals of distress about the eminent...

Husted: Where do we go from here?
Husted: Where do we go from here?

When I was invited to contribute a monthly column to the East Oregonian, Tim Trainor suggested I follow the lead set by other columnists — Matt Wood’s “From the Tractor Seat,” J.D. Smith’s “From the Headwaters...

Simons: Climate change is costly — and fossil fuel companies should help pay
Simons: Climate change is costly — and fossil fuel companies should help pay

This April, a town and two Colorado counties sued two fossil fuel companies on the grounds that the companies need to help pay the costs of climate change. Boulder County, San Miguel County and the city of Boulder are not seeking to halt oil...

Kristof: When Democrats act like Trump
Kristof: When Democrats act like Trump

Shock! Horror! President Donald Trump is actually doing something right.

Sadly, Democrats in Congress are responding in a quite Trumpian way: They seem more concerned with undermining him than supporting a peace process with North Korea. They...

Van Nostrand: Honoring D-Day, now 74 years ago
Van Nostrand: Honoring D-Day, now 74 years ago
In front of me lay Omaha Beach at low tide
York: What does it mean to ‘approve’ of Trump?

Donald Trump is riding a wave of popularity, at least by Trump standards.

The president’s job approval rating hit 44.6 percent this week in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. That is the highest it has been since March 2017. And...

The Sultans of Self-Pity
The Sultans of Self-Pity

Move over, Alec Baldwin. Bill Clinton does a much better impersonation of Donald Trump.

The hair is wrong but the air is right — self-righteous, self-pitying and suffused with anger that anyone would peddle a version of events less...

Hebert: Toward a Peace Corps House in Washington, D.C.
Hebert: Toward a Peace Corps House in Washington, D.C.

When you get to be 80 years old, you find that old pithy sayings and aphorisms can help you get through the day. For example: “It’s the small things that count.” Or, “Once a Peace Corps volunteer, always a Peace Corps...

Wood: Modernity offers but a few benefits
Wood: Modernity offers but a few benefits

Readers of this column have perhaps noticed that I tend to wax nostalgic and frequently laud the praises of “the good ole days.” I will admit that I find new cars to be ugly in their homogeneity and loaded with annoyances like automatic...

Kristof: Trump immigration policy veers from abhorrent to evil
Kristof: Trump immigration policy veers from abhorrent to evil

We as a nation have crossed so many ugly lines recently, yet one new policy of President Donald Trump’s particularly haunts me. I’m speaking of the administration’s tactic of seizing children from desperate refugees at the border.

Atkinson | My students aren’t snowflakes, they’re badasses
Atkinson | My students aren’t snowflakes, they’re badasses

We live in an era of profound ecological disruption, with reports on climate change, habitat destruction, depleted oceans and mass extinction piling up by the day. Yet an important part of the climate story is commonly overlooked: the emotional toll...

Stephens: Right about Roseanne
Stephens: Right about Roseanne

Of course ABC and its parent company Disney were right to cancel the sitcom “Roseanne” after its eponymous star, Roseanne Barr, wrote a racist tweet. There are necessary taboos and essential decencies in every morally healthy society.

The strange failure of the educated elite
The strange failure of the educated elite

Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate ladder if you golfed at the right club.

Then we...

York: The bank shot investigation
York: The bank shot investigation

On May 22, a man named Evgeny Freidman, the owner of more than 800 taxi licenses in New York City, pleaded guilty to “failure to remit to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance $5 million in 50-cent (Metropolitan Transportation...

Stephens: The Donald of Silicon Valley
Stephens: The Donald of Silicon Valley

He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Sovietlike apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for...

Forrester | Governor’s confusing decision to replace Lorenzen

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has run into criticism for several of her decisions since taking office a couple of years ago. It has seemed to me that she has not been in close enough touch with members of the Legislature, those in state agencies or...

Murdock | Coming clean on cleaning up
Murdock | Coming clean on cleaning up

Coming clean is defined as: having no interior flaws visible; observing the rules; relatively free from error or blemish; characterized by clarity and precision.

I sometimes play tricks in my mind.

Tricks that say if my house isn’t...

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