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WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming swiftly responded to her ouster Wednesday as GOP conference chair by vowing she would do all in her now-limited power to see to it that Donald Trump "never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office."

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Five years ago next month, British voters, in the largest turnout ever, voted to leave the European Union by a 52% to 48% margin. It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump’s even more unexpected election as president five months later.

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It’s time to talk about the federal minimum wage. Legislation was almost passed in the latest economic stimulus bill which would have successively increased the minimum wage each year until it reached $15 in 2025. Although the provision didn’t make it past the Senate, it brought overdue atte…

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I grew up my entire life with only two options at mealtime: take it or leave it. So, I took what was given and didn’t ask questions. But would you be surprised if I told you that the very same food we consume so blindly is the reason for rampant disease, environmental chaos, animal abuse and…

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Imagine rows upon rows and layers upon layers of crops, enough food to feed a city grown locally right in your next-door skyscraper. Growing food in warehouses or skyscrapers is the future, and this new innovation is called a vertical farm. New research shows crop yields in vertical farms ca…

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I love to participate in and watch sports in my free time. Have you ever wondered what the definition of a sport is? According to Dictonary.com, the definition of a sport is “An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” By that definition, hunt…

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Many years ago, I arrived home from my first year at Syracuse University full of knowledge and righteous indignation about the state of the world. I was fully prepared to argue with any person who disagreed with me. I have always thought anyone who disagreed with me just had to have a conver…

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My early school years are characterized by a series of papers — single page, handwritten, name and date on the upper right-hand corner — on “What Freedom Means to Me,” “What America Means to Me,” “What Family Means to Me” and so on. Somewhere, deep in the garage live these jewels that have, …

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Imagine, for a moment, you are in charge of water conservation efforts for your country. Imagine everyone will do what you say — politics and individual human choice don’t matter. If you were able to consult with experts (hydrologists, engineers, architects, etc.), you could construct plans …

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Some Colorado River tribulations today remind me of a folk story: A young man went to visit his fiancé and found the family trembling and weeping. They pointed to the ceiling, where an ax was embedded in a rafter.

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Have you ever wanted to make money playing video games? I know I have. As a kid, I would sit down and watch my favorite Minecraft videos from my favorite YouTubers. I used to dream that one day I could make money from playing my favorite games, too. I know I wasn’t the only kid who felt this…

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Former President and famed World War II General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field”. President Eisenhower was alluding to what many Utahns already know — government bureaucrats in Washington, …

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Captain America was a fierce inspiration to American men during WWII and continues to be an inspiration in the media. Steve Rogers, the fictional character who transforms into Captain America, was scrawny and insignificant before he was pumped full of steroids, shoved into spandex and used a…

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Everyone knows about the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs, but it may be surprising to some that Earth is going through its sixth mass extinction. More species are becoming endangered every year, but most people don’t care enough to help prevent these deaths. Yet for those who under…

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Welcome to May, everyone. As we celebrate springtime in Utah, it is also our opportunity to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. Over the course of this month, you will see exciting programming, information and engagement opportunities that reveal the diversity of c…

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Linda (not her real name) became a single mother the way many do. Her husband decided the responsibility of a family was more than he could handle, so he left. Troubled times led up to that moment, but his face was set in that direction, and he was gone.

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There are many reasons to reflect on the historical significance of President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress. It was a great speech by a man who understands why he is in this role, in this time. He knows who we need him to be, and isn’t that a relief.

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With spring in full bloom and pandemic restrictions loosened, it’s been fun to see the local parks and fields teeming with kids playing sports. At the Utah Women & Leadership Project, we know that girls’ participation in sports is a widely recognized pathway to leadership, improved grade…

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A Weber State University course created in fall 2020 called Repair as a Radical Act is on the vanguard of a “Right to Repair’’ movement in this country. Many states and the federal government are pursuing legislation to allow you to fix your own stuff in 2021.

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The United States faces a strategic adversary in the Chinese Communist Party that is challenging our political, economic, industrial and educational systems. In response, Congress and the Biden administration have taken steps toward adopting “Made in America” policies to reduce U.S. dependen…

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Once upon a time, I spoke fairly fluent, if inaccurate, German. It’s been a long time though, so I thought I’d start reviewing from the very beginning to close up the gaps (giant sinkholes) in my grammar. A friend suggested the famous Duolingo app (thanks, Anna!), and off I went.

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WASHINGTON — In 1983, then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware called “court-packing” a “bonehead idea,” and warned in 2019 during a presidential primary debate that restructuring the Supreme Court by adding more justices would destroy “any credibility the court has at all.”

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As a scientist and son of an engineer, I understand tradeoffs. So when I went shopping for an electric lawn mower several years ago, I was skeptical I could find one to do the job. Would it run long enough or be powerful enough? How long would the batteries last? Since we have a small horse …

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It’s a testament to the hardiness of peach trees that mine is covered in pink blossoms. Between high wind gales, sporadic snow and sleet, and chilly nights, there shouldn’t be anything left on that tree but frost-nipped branches. And yet, three days of semi-warmth and those blossoms burst op…

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WASHINGTON — After nearly 20 years of an American armed presence in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. military forces there, in effect acknowledging failure of the long mission that had plagued the three previous presidents and NATO allies.

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“Nomadland” is a remarkable movie about struggling Americans wandering the vast spaces of the interior west. Most of them are white, middle-aged and up, living in vans. The filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, is a Chinese woman who has captured their bare existence as they move through a bleak but beauti…

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Did you know that in 2018 April was designated the National Month of Hope? After spending the better part of a year indoors, I find that hope has been an essential part of my well-being. One definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.…

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Individual gun rights should never be confused with Second Amendment rights. Ratification of the Bill of Rights (BR), including the Second Amendment, was completed Dec. 15, 1791, when Virginia, the 11th state, approved it. Did that adoption of the BR guarantee an individual right to gun owne…

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When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose.

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Understanding the concept of federalism is crucial to understanding the framework our founders established for our system of government. Municipal (city), county, state and national governments all have an important role to play in our country, and the better you understand the delineation b…

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by 7 million votes in November, but he still must invoke special presidential orders, as Trump did, to get his way, for lack of sufficient congressional support on certain controversial issues.

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"Which is better -- to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?" -- Rev. Mather Blyes (1706-1788)