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Nobody's perfect, including parents

Parents make mistakes. I don't know how a sweaty 2-yearold ended up wandering around alone Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot wearing a urine-soaked diaper, but someone in charge of his care screwed up. Big time. It could have been a tragedy, but —. . .

Extra cash for highways?

Arkansas does not have Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, but it does have the Ozarks and the Ouachitas. It does not have Elvis' Graceland home, but it does have the birthplace of Johnny Cash. Unlike Tennessee, it does not have $2 billion to play with, but, like. . .

GOP health care bill: A huge tax cut for the rich

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become...

The great Muslim civil war — and us

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil. . .

GOP health overhaul: Tax cuts for the rich

The Senate GOP's health care overhaul, unveiled Thursday, would cut coverage for the poor and give mostly the wealthy and corporations a $1 trillion in tax cuts over the following 10 years. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of course, supports the Senate bill, while...

GOP mounting a historic heist

The "health care bill" that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn't really about health care at all. It's the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the...

Can words be lethal?

Words matter, journalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter when used in a potentially consequential way. . .