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  • As has been the case with so many other school shootings over several years, last week's murder spree at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit might have been avoided if actions had been taken in the face of several obvious warning signs.
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    The central focus of the Michigan horror has rightly moved from a mentally ill high schooler to his socially deviant parents. Which leads to these two questions: Aren't parents who keep loaded weapons in a home shared by a disturbed child with violent obsessions themselves mentally twisted? And what could be done about them?
  • We will find the path to restoring America’s strength on neither the right nor the left, but upward, by embracing the tenets that built our republic rather than the sound bites that are tearing it apart.
  • Polarization of racial attitudes has accelerated over the last decade. By 2013, when George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in Florida after killing an unarmed Black teenager, the Republican-Democratic divide had grown to about 40 points: 61 percent of Republicans approved of the verdict in that case, compared with 22 percent of Democrats — a stark difference, but still well short of the nearly 70 percentage-point chasms we are seeing in the most recent high-profile cases.
  • Although the U.S. has largely declined to enforce sanctions against Iran's main economic lifeline, China, Biden has not lifted all of the secondary sanctions that Trump reinstated.
  • If we are to be honest with ourselves, few physical reflexes inflict a more distressing assault on our senses than a cough. The sundry sounds that a cough can produce — wheezy or hoarse, high-pitched or raspy, barking or crowing — are among the most irritating noises the human body can produce.
  • There are two schools of thought on whether he’ll seek the presidency again. Both center on his fragile ego. One holds that he must run because that ego simply can’t absorb the humiliation of losing. The other holds that he can’t run because that ego simply can’t risk the humiliation of losing twice.
  • Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, involving Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks, is, of course, the most consequential abortion case to reach the Supreme Court in decades. The arguments, as you would expect, featured plenty of intricate legal discussion.
  • Dec. 7, 1941. "A date which will live in infamy," President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it. The attack's 80th anniversary is this month.
  • As part of the Build Back Better Act, congressional lawmakers are considering a measure that would impose price controls on branded prescription medicines. That would cripple the innovation that led to the creation of the COVID-19 vaccines — and prevent even more life-changing treatments and cures from ever reaching patients across Maine.
  • Both could help protect the world that our grandchildren will inhabit, by achieving the Paris climate agreement goals of keeping the rise in global warming under 1.5 degrees centigrade and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • Under the right conditions, a jury remains an honest arbiter and great leveler, perhaps the only one left in society in which the outcome of consequential disputes can be insulated from the corrosive influence of wealth, political power and mass media.
  • About four of every five Americans want to keep abortion legal. Roe v. Wade has given anti-abortion politicians the ability to placate "pro-life" voters while not inconveniencing the others. But make one's daughter, one's wife or oneself fly from Mobile, Texas, to Seattle, Washington, for a procedure that once was locally available, and there are going to be repercussions at the polls.
  • "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," Dr. Martin Luther King told us four days before he was murdered. He didn't say it bends steadily or quickly.
  • The Supreme Court has an opportunity to correct a great legal and greater moral wrong if it will "seize the time" and connect the dots between abortion, the unique value of human life at all stages, and the social upheaval that is consuming us because of the court's refusal in the last 48 years to restore legal protection to the most vulnerable among us, the unborn child.

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