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Opinion | Don’t Give Up on America

What does it mean to love a country? I have spent most of my life studying American history and literature because of a deep if sometimes difficult affinity I would call love. Deeper, though, is a feeling like a love of family, a hope that whoever by whatever accident or choice falls under the definition […]

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Opinion | Reality Bursts the Trumpworld Bubble

WASHINGTON — Fate leads the willing, Seneca said, while the unwilling get dragged. For his entire life, Donald Trump has stayed one step ahead of disaster, plying his gift for holding reality at bay. He conjured his own threadbare reality, about success, about virility, about imbroglios with women, even about the height of Trump Tower. […]

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Opinion | Get Well, Mr. President

May President Trump and the first lady recover swiftly after testing positive for the coronavirus. For their sake — and for the sake of the nation. The president’s health is a matter of national security. That’s one reason it’s been so frustrating to watch as Mr. Trump has flouted basic public health guidelines and the […]

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Opinion | Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the major warring parties in Afghanistan sit down for peace talks in Doha, Qatar, an old, unresolved debate is emerging as the central question: What should be the role of Islam in Afghanistan? A humid seaside resort on the Persian Gulf, where the delegates are gathered, has become the unlikely venue […]

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The Trumps Test Positive

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. President Trump and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus. She says they are “feeling good,” but the news adds new chaos to the campaign. The Trumps test positive President Trump and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for the coronavirus, […]

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Opinion | Can Mike Espy Make History, Again?

At the end of the Civil War in 1865, Mississippi was a majority-Black state. Republicans, who were the liberals at the time, championed granting Black people the right to vote. The military commander of Mississippi in 1867 started to allow Black people to register to vote for delegates at the Reconstruction constitutional convention. That year, […]

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Opinion | A Supreme Court Fight Might Be Exactly What America Needs

In the brief window between the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the announcements from Republicans like Mitt Romney and Cory Gardner that they would consider a replacement before the November election, several writers floated a grand bargain, in which Republican and Democratic senators would agree to de-escalate, trading a G.O.P. promise not to confirm […]

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COMMENTARY: Canada needs an Arctic defence strategy as Russia, China eye the north

The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter was surprised this summer to find the Chinese and Russian navies conducting a joint exercise in open water in the Arctic Ocean. Details about what was apparently a serendipitous discovery of the Chinese and Russian vessels by the U.S. Coast Guard were sparse. Until this chance encounter […]

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Opinion | The Ginsburg-Scalia Act Was Not a Farce

For the second time in five years, a sitting Supreme Court justice has died, and for the second time in five years, Senator Mitch McConnell has befouled the process to replace that justice with his signature blend of fresh greed and rancid partisanship. A Ruth-less court, answered with ruthlessness. As many have endlessly — almost […]

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Opinion | Trump’s Supreme Court Pick May Need to Denounce Roe. Good.

In a floor speech in July, Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, issued an ultimatum on future Supreme Court fights. “I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided,” Hawley said. He would require on-the-record evidence that the next Republican nominee “understands Roe to […]