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  • Hillary Clinton's task: To cast the election a choice between her and chaos

    Hillary Clinton's task: To cast the election a choice between her and chaos

    To the editor: Smart people can, and often do, disagree about almost everything. From economics to religion, from sports to nutrition, it’s easy to find qualified people on opposite sides of any argument, which is why most of our political contests are between qualified people with differing opinions....

  • Why Trump's 45% tariff on Chinese goods is as unworkable as his border wall

    Why Trump's 45% tariff on Chinese goods is as unworkable as his border wall

    To the editor: In his piece supporting Donald Trump’s tariff on Chinese imports, economist Professor Navarro’s disregard for facts is matched only by his disdain for long-standing treaty obligations. (“Trump's 45% tariff on Chinese goods is perfectly calculated,” Opinion, July 21) He complains...

  • Does Donald Trump have an 'enemies list'?

    Does Donald Trump have an 'enemies list'?

    To the editor: This article on Donald Trump’s rambling post-convention news conference reminded me of the Richard Nixon enemies list. (“Donald Trump says he wouldn't accept Ted Cruz's endorsement even if it were offered,” July 22) Trump’s penchant for holding grudges and his obsessive need to attack...

  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez's racial recklessness

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez's racial recklessness

    To the editor: Earlier this month, The Times reported that seven Latino gang members were charged with the 2014 fire bombing of the homes of black families in a Boyle Heights housing project. The prosecutors allege that the gang members wanted to drive African Americans out of the neighborhood. ...

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    Congressional witch hunt for 'baby body part' sellers needs to end

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    Don't believe Wall Street's scare stories about a financial transactions tax

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    Who's paying for the Democratic convention?

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    How the Democratic platform betrays millions of the party faithful

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    The Democratic convention is Hillary Clinton's chance to get voters to trust her

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    Coups have consequences — including making more room for Islam

    On two recent trips to Turkey to study constitutional reform, I asked everyone I interviewed — politicians, scholars, activists —  if there was any risk of a coup in the country. They all said “Impossible.” Last Friday, as jets bombed the parliament in Ankara and tanks blocked the bridges of Istanbul,...

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    Hillary Clinton's 3 big convention challenges

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    Milo Yiannopoulos, Leslie Jones and the 'right' to speech on Twitter

    Twitter recently suspended the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative media celebrity and Donald Trump mega-fan, over allegations that he had coordinated the sexist and racist harassment of “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. Yiannopoulos has emerged as a leader of the “alt-right,” the social...

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    Trump to allies: Pay up or we might not defend you

    In yet another display of cluelessness, Donald J. Trump suggested in an interview this week that as president, he might abandon some of America’s NATO allies if they were attacked.  Although his comments in the New York Times echoed past statements he’s made, the fact that Trump is about to accept...

  • Transgressive casting? Forget Hollywood. Look to the stage.

    Transgressive casting? Forget Hollywood. Look to the stage.

    The reboot of the much-beloved blockbuster threatened its hard-won legacy. The new version, in a misguided publicity stunt, had cast a woman in an iconic male part. “This absolutely masculine character is not capable of proper presentation by a woman, however great or talented,” one particularly...

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    California's baffling new approach to evaluating public schools

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    Turkey coup attempt: How did Erdogan, and his party, escape the fate of their predecessors?

    The recent coup attempt in Turkey came as a complete surprise to most observers. But a decade ago, the only surprise would have been the fact that it didn’t succeed. After all, in the last 60 years Turkey has had four coups led by a military famously committed to secularism. When the Islamist Justice...

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    Trump convention speech: He hasn't changed since the primaries

    There wasn’t much subtlety in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech – or much innovation, either. Beforehand, some Republicans ventured that this was their nominee’s biggest opportunity to retool his agenda for the general election – to present a softer, more inclusive, more thoughtful Trump. That wasn’t...

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    Donald Trump plays the fear card at the Republican convention

    Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday evening with a speech that was frightening in more ways than one.  Trump’s overarching intention was to sow fear in America’s voters: Fear of uncontrolled crime and terrorism that “threaten our very way of life.” Fear of immigrants,...

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