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Scott Martelle

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.
Trump is exactly the wrong leader we need to respond to the caravan heading to the U.S.

Dealing with the caravan of migrants from Central America will take creativity, diplomacy and flexibility. President Trump has none of those tools in his kit, so he blusters and threatens with an eye on the November elections.

Trump's mixed signals on attacking journalists: Murder bad, body-slamming good

President Trump properly pledged "very severe" consequences for the murderers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But he calls U.S. journalists "enemies of the people" and Thursday lauded a congressman who body-slammed a campaign reporter last year. So maybe he only draws the line at murder?

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