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  • Congress needs to do its job and investigate Trump's ties to Russia

    Congress needs to do its job and investigate Trump's ties to Russia

    To the editor: Thanks to Max Boot for voicing many of my own concerns about President Trump’s ties to and admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy, which has quashed democracy and impoverished that country in many ways. (“Kremlingate: What did President Trump know and when did...

  • Trump's disgraceful attempt to get around protections for dreamers

    Trump's disgraceful attempt to get around protections for dreamers

    To the editor: It is deplorable for the Trump administration to be strategizing how to end the dreams of 750,000 young immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents. (“The White House has found ways to end protection for 'Dreamers' while shielding Trump from blowback,” Feb. 16) These...

  • How government leaks prevent a police state

    How government leaks prevent a police state

    To the editor: I must respond to a letter writer who suggested that the leaks by “unelected and unnamed bureaucrats to bring down officials is what happens in a police state.” (“Constant revelations about the Trump administration and Russia bring back memories of Watergate,” Readers React, Feb....

  • If we can't even raise the measly gas tax, things don't look good with climate change

    If we can't even raise the measly gas tax, things don't look good with climate change

    To the editor: This headline might as well be, “Why fixing climate change won’t be easy.” (“'This is the worst I have seen': California's roads are in dire shape, says former Caltrans director,” Feb. 12) The inability of American or even progressive California legislators to raise the measly, unchanged-in-a-quarter-century...

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    If the Justice Department ever probes Trump's alleged ties to Russia, Jeff Sessions needs to stay away

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    Trump just casually demolished the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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