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De Rugy: Making it easier to make things in America

With more tariffs on electric vehicles and an election featuring two pro-tariff presidential candidates on the way, the debate about how best to support and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector is back. Some argue, mistakenly, that the key to protecting American industries and manufacturing ...

Harrop: Should trans women use women’s locker rooms?

To what extent should a transgender woman be treated the same as women who started life as female? That depends. Let's start with a definition. A trans woman is someone assigned male at birth but who identifies as a woman. There is a transitioning process that can include legal, social and ...

Stiehm: The Supreme Court vs. democracy

WASHINGTON — The silence from the Supreme Extreme Court is deafening. News broke that a Republican member's house flew a "Stop the Steal" American flag days after the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol. This kind of defiance, actually applauding the violent takeover of democracy, is unheard of ...

Robbins: America cools on crazy

The morning after the 1972 election in which Richard Nixon defeated liberal Democrat George McGovern by 23 points, New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael wandered glumly around the magazine's Manhattan office. "I don't know how this could have happened," Kael muttered. "Not one person I know voted ...

Garvey: The Butkers are doing fine. What about the others?

I'm not thinking about Harrison Butker. He seems to be chugging along, doing OK for himself. After all, he's a family man, a professional football player — a placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, namely — and he's clearly a devout Catholic who finds solace in his religion. What I can't ...

Erickson: Joy cometh in the morning

Last Friday, 3,943 miles south of the North Pole, here in Macon, Georgia, the Northern Lights were visible with the naked eye. They twirled and danced across the sky. They left pink and purple hues and colored the moon. I drove my family out into farm country away from city lights and we beheld ...