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Bruni: Comey’s debasement
Bruni: Comey’s debasement

James Comey’s book is titled “A Higher Loyalty,” but it surrenders the higher ground, at least partly. To watch him promote it is to see him descend.

Not to President Donald Trump’s level —...

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Hansell: A business tax fairy tale
Hansell: A business tax fairy tale

Inconceivable! This word rang out time and time again from the lips of Vizzini when I recently watched “The Princess Bride” on DVD while riding my exercise bike off to nowhere. I had not watched this classic movie since its release in...

Hughes: Trade war/trade talks

Throughout his successful campaign, President Trump persistently focused on the U.S. trade deficit and what he termed failed and unfair trade agreements. As President, he pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and moved to...

Husted: Celebrating National Poetry Month

It’s here again — April, National Poetry Month. People (well, mostly English teachers and poets) tucking a poem into your pocket; people talking online about trying to write a poem every day for 30 days. Poetry readings everywhere you...

Egan: Tax dollars for napping
Egan: Tax dollars for napping

Dear Government:

Enclosed please find my 2017 tax form, and a check for the amount I owe, just ahead of the deadline. Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with my contribution, though I have some idea based on the $1.3...

Stephens: Staring down on Syria
Stephens: Staring down on Syria

On Saturday I took my family to have a closer look at Syria.

This was on the Golan Heights, from a roadside promontory overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Quneitra. The border is very green at this time of year, a serene patchwork of...

Wyden: Plenty to learn from Eastern Oregon town halls
Wyden: Plenty to learn from Eastern Oregon town halls

Thank you high school students throughout Eastern Oregon for proving again that “listening to the future” produces smart and civil discussions that show common ground exists on challenging issues.

Last week, I held open-to-all town...

York: Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?
York: Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?

Remember collusion? The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Yet Monday saw two developments in the Trump...

Kristof: Choosing animals over people
Kristof: Choosing animals over people

BAYANGA, Central African Republic — The cutest primates on earth may be Inguka and Inganda, gorilla toddler twins who playfully tumble over each other here in the vast Dzanga Sangha rain forest, one of the best places to see gorillas, antelopes...

Wood: No spring break from dad jokes
Wood: No spring break from dad jokes

Daughter Annie and wife Cindy recently took a trip to Europe for ten days during spring break. They, along with a couple dozen other students, parents and grandparents from our community, visited Dresden, Krakow, Prague, Budapest and other cities in...

Krugman: The art of the flail

If you’ve been watching stock markets, you’re probably feeling seasick. The Dow is crashing! No, it’s bouncing back! Wait, it’s crashing again!

In general, trying to explain stock fluctuations is a...

Crowe: Playing with fire can be a great teacher
Crowe: Playing with fire can be a great teacher

When our son was 6, we began letting him play with fire. It made sense a few decades ago and I think it still does, but you be the judge.

Ever since he was a baby, our son had gone camping with us in southern Arizona. Even during lean years,...

How to win an argument about guns

Tragically, predictably, infuriatingly, we’re again mourning a shooting — this time at YouTube’s headquarters — even as the drive for gun safety legislation has stalled in Washington. Polls show that nine out of 10...

York: On the Trump-Russia investigation and the rule of law

Recently, I took part in a debate on the question “Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?” I said yes.

First, a caveat. If “endanger the rule of law” means “destroys our legal order and...

Holt: Safety upgrades coming to Cabbage Hill
Holt: Safety upgrades coming to Cabbage Hill

I would like to share some information regarding an upcoming safety improvement project along Interstate 84 between Pendleton and La Grande. This freeway section offers many challenges, especially during inclement weather conditions.

The Oregon...

Sparks: Welcome home Vietnam vets
Sparks: Welcome home Vietnam vets

Forty-five years ago, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. This marked the beginning of the end of nearly two decades of direct U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, but the social, cultural and psychological wounds of...

A military-grade weapon demands military-grade training
A military-grade weapon demands military-grade training

When the Columbine High School massacre first happened, Marilyn Manson, a popular and controversial musician, was blamed for the school shooting due to some of the violent lyrics in his music. The media said that he was in some part responsible, so a...

Robinson: Killer bees are calming down
Robinson: Killer bees are calming down

I have felt the stings of killer bees. My first bee job was in Jordan, where the Holy Land race of European honeybee, Apis mellifera syriaca, is a holy terror. I showed up for work in khakis, sleeves rolled to the elbows, an outfit I’d...

Egan: Actually, you can fix stupid
Egan: Actually, you can fix stupid

Pope Francis opened the holiest week of the Christian calendar with an admonition to the generation that will own the 21st century. “Dear young people, you have it in you to shout,” he said in his homily. “It is up to you not to...

Limey Pastor: Snow, silent and sacred

I was looking forward to a delicate snow last weekend. I didn’t know if the promise of the forecast would be fulfilled, but there is something that the Lord puts into our weather to surprise us. Snow has a purity, a purity that seems to emanate...

Friedman: Facebook’s problem — and ours
Friedman: Facebook’s problem — and ours

There is so much news these days that it’s hard to distinguish one big story from another. But for me the most consequential story of late was that a self-driving car operated by Uber — with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel...

York: For Trump, a border wall epic fail
York: For Trump, a border wall epic fail

Donald Trump promised a lot during his presidential campaign, but the one promise he made most often was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

No need to recount all the times; suffice it to say Trump promised over and over and over that...

In praise of privilege
In praise of privilege

I have to say, I loved the gun-control march I observed Saturday in Washington. The crowd was good-hearted, gracious, diverse and welcoming. At a time when trust in democracy is waning, everybody kept underlining their faith in our democratic...

Leonhardt: The growing college graduation gap
Leonhardt: The growing college graduation gap

First, some good news: In recent decades, students from modest backgrounds have flooded onto college campuses. At many high schools where going to college was once exotic, it’s now normal. When I visit these high schools, I see college...

Murdock: When a calf dies too soon
Murdock: When a calf dies too soon

She was born blind. We didn’t know it until day three. Ian kicked himself for not noticing sooner, but he shouldn’t have. At least he noticed. Period.

She lived in our laundry room (aka the mud room ... which is also known as the...

BROOKS: Speaking as a white male ...

How much are you in control of your own opinions? I ask this sincerely because, as you’ll see, I’m trying to think this through and I’m not sure how.

If you go back to the intellectuals of the 1950s, you get the impression...

Knudsen: Private funding for public water? No, thanks
Knudsen: Private funding for public water? No, thanks

President Donald Trump has unveiled a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, including the pipes and treatment plants that keep clean water flowing from our taps. But if you read the fine print, his plan offers...

Craig: Walden must work to legalize marijuana

George Washington, William Shakespeare and Carl Sagan may be some of history’s greatest minds and most celebrated figures, but they’d all probably be in prison today if they were still alive.

What would make these unlikely cell...

Bruni: The calm before the stormy
Bruni: The calm before the stormy

Apart from his own kin, there’s no category of person exempt from Donald Trump’s attacks. He has gone after past presidents of the United States, current leaders of our closest allies, stewards of his own party, senior officials...

York: If Flynn and Manafort don’t face collusion charges, then who was colluding?
York: If Flynn and Manafort don’t face collusion charges, then who was colluding?

Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” The popular word for that is...

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