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The devolution of repeal-and-replace

Each new GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is worse than the last. The measure that the Senate plans to vote on next week essentially takes away most of the protections, benefits and funding of the ACA, but leaves in place most of the taxes. That’s supposed to be good politics? Seriously?

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What happened to parental rights and religious values?

It is clear that the vast majority want parental engagement in the schools, respect for the family and a careful relationship between teachers and students. The Rocklin Academy charter school recently introduced the subject of transgenderism to a classroom of 5-year-olds without any opportunity for parents.

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Trump made good points about Venezuela and Cuba

Unlike former President Barack Obama, who didn’t mention Venezuela in his last two annual addresses to the U.N. General Assembly, and only mentioned Cuba to refer to opening diplomatic ties with the island, Trump lashed out against the curtailment of basic freedoms in the two Latin American countries.

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Feinstein isn’t an anti-Catholic bigot

However awkwardly, she was doing her constitutional duty to vet a candidate for a life-tenured federal judgeship. What Amy Coney Barrette thinks about the relationship between law and morality will have a large impact in a pluralistic society.

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Are we down to President Pence?

Maybe that’s what this country needs – a president who can make diplomacy boring again. We’re back to the dream of impeachment, or the sudden news that Trump is retiring to spend more quality time with his defense attorneys.

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Meet the world’s leaders, in hypocrisy

If there were an award for United Nations chutzpah, the competition would be tough, but the medal might go to Trump for warning that if necessary, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” A forum for peace was used to threaten to annihilate a nation of 25 million people.

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Trump’s tough talk makes us weaker

His pledge “to totally destroy North Korea” is what you’d expect to hear in a bar conversation from a well-lubricated armchair general. But the most alarming part of his United Nations speech was the utter incoherence of Trump’s “America First” slogan as a grand strategy in the world.

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This is how Californians take back their privacy

Major corporations helped kill an internet privacy bill in the Legislature. But a proposed measure on the 2018 ballot would give the right to know what information companies are collecting and to tell companies not to sell that personal information.

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Constitution is passing the Trump test

The independent judiciary is withstanding a series of unprecedented assaults from the executive branch, both symbolic and actual. The separation of powers is forcing the president to tack toward the center if he wants to get legislation passed. And public opinion is slowly but surely pushing Trump to remove the most radical visible members of his administration.

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No one listens to women when they speak around here

A woman has been speaker of the House, another came within a whisker of the presidency and others wield the decisive votes on health-care and other legislation. But recent events make it feel as if we’re in an earlier time, when a woman’s job in politics was simple: sit down and shut up.

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Feisty, outspoken Dreamers are true Americans

Angry Dreamers called out Nancy Pelosi in her own back yard of San Francisco for meeting in private with President Donald Trump and reportedly working out a deal to protect them from deportation. They are worried she will sell them out in one of those back-room deals for which Washington is famous.

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