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Stopping climate change is the ultimate moon shot

As a pandemic hijacked the nation's attention, we pushed aside other, even bigger problems. But now that COVID-19 is being cornered, the crisis of climate change is returning to page one. The threat of a rapidly warming planet is actually harder to deal with. It can't be fixed with a ...

COVID-19’s big fat non-surprise

"A Covid Mystery" proclaimed a New York Times newsletter. "Why has the death toll been relatively low across much of Africa and Asia?" Like a know-it-all kid in 7th grade, I thought: "Call on me! I know this!" and clicked on the item. But to my surprise, the account that followed completely ...

Bipartisan dysfunction is fueling reckless spending sprees

After the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion "American Rescue Plan," President Joe Biden came out to take a bow. This measure came "not a moment too soon," he said. "For over a year, the American people were told they were on their own." This is the kind of thing presidents say when partisanship ...

Is a Cold War II with China inevitable?

Today, the four premier leaders of The Quad -- the U.S., Australia, India and Japan -- conduct their first summit, by teleconference. The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal strategy forum of the major Indo-Pacific democracies that some wish to see evolve into an Asian ...

Santa Claus comes early for Biden, most Americans

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's swift enactment of his American Rescue Plan has caught the Republican Party flatfooted, casting its members of Congress as a collection of Scrooges, denying their fellow Americans a huge pot of gold at the end of their rainbow. In their ideological stand ...

Praise Jesus, but not really

After I first started writing a column, in the fall of 2002, it wasn't long before I heard regularly from those who brandished God as a weapon in opposing LGBTQ rights. This was not surprising. Back then, I was on staff at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and I was long familiar with the ...

Buyer’s remorse for some evangelicals

Evangelical Christians, who once were content with staying out of earthly concerns, have grown into an influential subset of American politics. Not all who identify with this label vote in unison. They voted in large numbers in 1976 for Jimmy Carter, but reversed course in 1980 and went for ...

Some final thoughts on reparations

How would reparations be funded? Conservative writer Michael Medved estimates that only 5% of whites in America "bear any authentic sort of generational guilt for the exploitation of slave labor." Why should anyone but Democrats pay? Scholar Dinesh D'Souza notes that all but a "handful" ...

Royal posturing

Oprah Winfrey's interview with Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his American wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was a real insight into the couple, and what was revealed was unflattering to both. These two healthy, handsome and incredibly wealthy people, who ...

Transfixed by trans fiction

Our dominant media's celebration of transgender people must inevitably include the distorted sounds of our tastemakers becoming transfixed by trans fiction. Exhibit A is a new novel titled "Detransition, Baby" by trans woman Torrey Peters. It's published by One World, an imprint of Random ...

Biden moves forward with open-doors immigration policy. Why?

"BIDEN," say the young demonstrators' T-shirts, imitating his campaign logo, "PLEASE LET US IN!" The picture ran in The New York Times, but one wonders whether whoever paid for the tees got his money's worth, for President Joe Biden's administration seems determined to let in as many immigrants ...

My brother-in-law died of hogwash

Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife spent a week in the hospital with hogwash. I tested positive for hogwash, but had few symptoms. "Hogwash," you may recall, was the word a ...

Don’t put community cancer care centers out of business

Ruth is a 67-year-old woman living with metastatic lung cancer. She receives care at a treatment center near her home in rural southern Illinois. There are larger hospitals over an hour away in St. Louis, but she doesn't have the time or financial resources to travel there as often as she would ...

A simple fix for Biden to help to make drugs more affordable

Americans have problems affording many drugs at pharmacies and doctors' offices. About half of those who are sick have trouble paying for their medications, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. When patients stop filling their prescriptions because of high ...

CNN should shut up about ‘misinformation’

Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, CNN's in-house cheerleaders for censoring or squelching conservative media outlets, celebrated a letter in which Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pressed TV providers to punish right-wing spreaders of so-called "misinformation." California ...

Andrew Cuomo is everything the press accused Ron DeSantis of being

Throughout the pandemic, the press has been excoriatingly harsh on a governor who was slow to act, unnecessarily endangered the lives of the elderly, alienated experts and cooked the numbers. It just thought the governor in question was Florida's Ron DeSantis rather than New York's Andrew ...

Trump — Once and Future King?

"I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." So says Mitt Romney, the sole Republican senator to have voted twice to convict President Donald J. Trump of impeachable acts. But is it possible Trump could win the nomination in 2024? ...

Tenacity marks Biden’s presidential beginnings

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's first month in the Oval Office has already demonstrated a continuation of his lifelong commitment to seizing challenges and coping with them head-on. His first and prime test is confronting the rampant coronavirus pandemic that has wracked the nation, and he ...

Elevate your thinking

Attention readers: Adriana Cohen is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Jackie Gingrich Cushman. If you've seen the signs reading, "Science is real," heard the phrase, "follow the science" or been told to "trust in science," and if these statements have often been used to try ...