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Right and Left React to the Trump Condolence Controversy

Photo A video frame of Myeshia Johnson over the coffin of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body’s arrival in Miami on Tuesday. Credit WPLG, via Associated Press The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen. Has this series exposed you to new ideas?…

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Trump Promises ‘No Change to Your 401(k)’ as House Considers a Contribution Cap

Photo President Trump said early on Monday that his proposed tax plan would not prompt any changes to Americans’ tax-deferred retirement plans. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump said early on Monday that his proposed tax plan would not prompt any changes to Americans’ tax-deferred retirement plans, pushing back against reports that the Republicans are weighing a proposal that would significantly reduce the income workers can save in these popular programs. There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and…

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Why the Fact-Checking at Facebook Needs to Be Checked

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook has taken a number of actions to prevent the continued distribution of false news articles on its platform, most notably by labeling articles rated as false or misleading by fact checkers as “disputed.” But how effective are these measures? To date, Facebook has offered little information to the public other than a recent email to fact checkers asserting that labeled articles receive 80 percent fewer impressions. But more data is necessary to determine the success of these efforts. Research (including my own) suggests the…

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Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash

Nine months into the Trump administration, any notion that Capitol Hill would provide a comprehensive, authoritative and bipartisan accounting of the extraordinary efforts of a hostile power to disrupt American democracy appears to be dwindling. Photo Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was forced to step aside from leading the panel’s Russia investigation. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” said Mr. Gowdy, who made his…

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Editorial: The Power of North Korea’s Cyberthreat

Photo North Koreans watching a broadcast by Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang in September. Credit Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The chilling survey of North Korea’s cyberpower in The Times, describing a sophisticated program of not only weapons of war but also of theft, blackmail, harassment and score-settling, is shocking, but not surprising. Kim Jong-un is ruthless in his quest for power and survival, and hacking, even more than the nuclear power North Korea is rapidly developing, is the perfect weapon for a small, impoverished, isolated, totalitarian state. Pyongyang’s nuclear…

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Op-Ed Columnist: Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting

So is it time for another Carter diplomatic mission, and would he do it for Trump, his polar opposite in so many ways? “I would go, yes,” he said, wearing a big “JC” belt buckle and sipping coffee in his ranch house, which is chockablock with Carter family paintings and with furniture he made himself, including his four-poster bed. Rosalynn sits nearby, chiming in slyly at moments. I told him that the big shots in Washington were terrified about the childish, bellicose tit-for-tat tweeting battle between the Dotard and Little…

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is Inspirational … for Poetry

Photo Credit Jennifer Heuer My readers have the best words, as Donald Trump might say. Evidence for that comes from the caliber of the 2,750 poems submitted to my Trump poetry contest. With the help of the Poetry Society of America, I’ve picked my winners, and here they are, offering us a mix of humor, bite and hope. Richard Kenney, a published poet from Port Townsend, Wash., offered “A Prayer”: Dear Generals Three:If he asks for The Football, Link arms: Take a knee. Lisa Grunberger, an associate professor at Temple…

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Conservatives, With Bannon’s Help, Look for Revenge in Mississippi

“We sensed the anger in ’13 and ’14,” Mr. McDaniel said in an interview at his law practice in downtown Laurel. “That anger,” he added, “reached its apex, it seemed, with Trump’s election. But now that McConnell and his merry band of yes men like Wicker have stood in the way of Trump, that anger has escalated again.” “I’ve never seen this type of environment,” he concluded. Mr. Wicker and his allies have not forgotten what happened in 2014 either, when Mr. McDaniel came within 3,500 votes of taking out…

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