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Hope in Arizona

Both the teacher walkout in Arizona and the surprising viability of Democrat Hiral Tipirneni’s congressional campaign are manifestations of the explosive activist energy, particularly among women, set off by the catastrophe of Trump’s election.

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We don’t need no education

At the state and local levels, the conservative obsession with tax cuts has forced the GOP into what amounts to a war on education, and in particular a war on schoolteachers. That war is the reason we’ve been seeing teacher strikes in multiple states.

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Picturing Trump’s absence

The viral group photograph from former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral speaks volumes about the state of our democracy, poignantly illustrating what we have lost and must at all costs regain.

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ICE and the bitter fruit of dehumanization

ICE’s 40 percent increase in arrests within the country after Trump took office is now closely associated with the president’s political priorities. His sweeping executive orders on immigration broadened the focus of enforcement beyond serious threats to public order.

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A time for big economic ideas

Wage stagnation is the defining problem of our age, the one that aggravates every other problem. It has made people anxious and angry. It has served as kindling for bigotry. The usual answers – technocratic changes to the tax code and safety net – are not good enough.

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America abhors impeachment

Yes, Trump is wholly unqualified, lacking in morality and character. Although a perspicuous case can be made for his removal, that is an uphill battle because enough of the public and the political class abhor impeachment and find removal to be extreme and indecorous, even for a compromised president.

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Where are the conservatives we need?

The behavior of House Republicans in demanding James Comey’s memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump, which were subsequently leaked to the media, shows a GOP that has abandoned all principle.

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Trump is a breed apart

There is so much abnormality from this president that we’re numb. But we shouldn’t ignore his talk of immigrants “breeding” in America’s sanctuary cities.

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Racism is a white problem

Racism is more than prejudice. It is, rather, the system by which prejudice is encoded into the laws and customs of a society so that, to take an example not quite at random, two black men can be arrested for waiting quietly on a prospective business associate to arrive for a meeting at Starbucks.

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Silly politicians, troops are for war

Gov. Brown must think he is being clever, doing President Trump’s bidding but on his own terms. Yet how are the California National Guard troops supposed to “fight crime” -- which isn’t their job by the way -- without interacting with illegal immigrants?

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Starbucks is setting an unusually good example

A common sentiment is that a day of racial bias education is pointless, just another example of “woke capitalism” meant to burnish Starbucks’s image. Far from emptily signifying, Starbucks is setting an unusually good example of what should be done when racism becomes a public problem in a public space.

Painting the Delta

Watch as Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor paints a Delta scene.
Bryan Shaddon Special to The Bee