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WASHINGTON — During his 2016 bid, Donald Trump would sometimes pause from bashing elites and the media to speak with awe about a phone call he had with a Very Important Journalist.

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President Donald Trump deals in superlatives — particularly when he’s bragging about what a wonderful job he’s doing and how America is towering over other countries around the world.

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Industrial policy that uses tariffs and subsidies to pick economic winners is once again in vogue among intellectuals. The rationale is to prevent China from “dominating” the global market with its subsidies while boosting American jobs and manufacturing.

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Coming two days before the painful anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Sept. 9, was categorized by some political devotees as a major eruption in Donald Trump’s efforts to claim a second four-year term.

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What do presidential candidates George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Ross Perot, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney all have in common? On the biggest night each of their political careers, when they — live and on national tel…

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WASHINGTON — Schadenfreude, the pleasure derived from others’ suffering, is rarely more welcome than when seated next to a journalist in this small town. Dinner parties are so crowded with people who delight in a scrap of gossip or perfectly awful news, why Alice Roosevelt Longworth herself …

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"Help Woodsy spread the word, never be a dirty bird. No matter where you go, you can let some people know to Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute, never be a dirty bird. In the city or in the woods, help keep America looking good.”

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In matters of race and other social phenomena, there is a tendency to believe that what is seen today has always been. For black people, the socioeconomic progress achieved during my lifetime, which started in 1936, exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams. In 1936, most black people lived in gross …

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Most cases in which cars kill pedestrians surely reflect negligence: drivers who were too busy talking on their cellphones or thinking about their golf games to notice the senior citizen crossing the street in front of them. A handful are acts of murder, like when a man killed a woman by plo…

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On Friday, six months after Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and began issuing shutdown orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court takes up a threshold question: Were the governor’s commands lawful?

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In spite of dealing with more than 2,000 proposed laws, California lawmakers finished their 2020 session on Aug. 31, with uneasy feelings of falling flat.

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Never before in California’s long experience with power blackouts have systematic, preplanned outages been as short as the 20-minute to 30-minute electric shutdowns inflicted on about 3 million homes and businesses around the state in mid-August.

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On the eve of its national convention this week, the Republican Party decided not to adopt a new platform for 2020. In so doing, it ended an unbroken tradition dating back to 1856, when the first Republican convention committed itself to opposing slavery, supporting the admission of Kansas a…

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The response to our “Have Your Say” question last week was astounding. This week, we asked whether people thought the federal government should send out a second stimulus check. The response wasn’t nearly as great — we had a total of 25 calls. Unfortunately, eight of those calls were hang ups.

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President Donald Trump seems to be running so utterly against himself now that it’s almost unnecessary for Joe Biden to do much, which partly explains his many (helpful) months in his bunker.

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Reacting to the shooting of a Black man by a white Kenosha, Wisconsin, cop, a tearful Doc Rivers, the Black NBA Los Angeles Clippers Coach, held a post-game press conference.

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Charles Manson is dead and buried in a location known only to very few, the secrecy intended to prevent that site from becoming a shrine for cult followers who still pore over every move made by the mass murder mastermind and his “family” during their heyday in the late 1960s.

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For the most part, America under Donald Trump’s leadership has offered an object lesson in how not to handle a pandemic. Delay and denial deprived us of any chance of containing the Coronavirus’s early spread; impatience and further denial led to a huge second wave of infections.

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WASHINGTON — As long as the Trumps were hijacking the White House for their convention finale, they may as well have built a golden escalator from the Truman Balcony to the South Lawn.

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September is here and that means autumn will be here soon. Some of us can’t wait for the season to change and we’re already getting ready for “spooky” season and seeking out everything pumpkin spice.