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Baseball could be the lure that ends Cuba’s revolution
As President-elect Donald Trump continues the task of filling out his Cabinet and senior White House staff, the one overriding consistency in his preparations for office has been his unconventional methods and choices. The American electorate wanted change — change is what they’re getting.
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Fake news is a real threat: Always consider the source
“Perception is reality,” Republican political consultant Lee Atwater is famously quoted as saying. That’s never been more true than it is today, as fake news and online conspiracy theories allow people to pick and choose the reality in which they live.
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Pass judicial nominees
As the U.S. Senate continues the lame-duck session, Senate leadership should schedule immediate confirmation votes on the 25 qualified judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor. Among these qualified nominees are Pennsylvania’s own Judges Susan Baxter and Marilyn Horan, who were nominated to fill district court seats that have been vacant more than three years.
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Eagle or dodo?
Once upon a time (I write, since the Butler Eagle is so fond of fairy tales) there was an expectation that local newspapers were the voice of the community, a beacon of truth, and a place where facts and figures were debated, not opinion in the form of fake news and references to “settled science.”
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Generous Rotarians
I wanted to take a moment to thank the Rotary Club of Butler for its donation to the First United Methodist Church Thanksgiving basket ministry and to all the Butler County Rotary clubs for their work toward the Annual Turkey Round-Up.
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Robert Samuelson
Here’s the real productivity problem
WASHINGTON — Our thinking about productivity is cockeyed, according to a new economic report. We’re ignoring the real productivity problem: surging costs for health care, housing and education. We need to understand this argument, because it just might be correct.
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Censorship is not a remedy for fake news
When the problem of fake news first started making headlines, I was traveling across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. That vantage point provided a striking contrast: While we in America waste the right to a free press, half a world away, the right is so precious that people routinely risk their lives to support it.
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The failure of our justice system
We got sucker punched.
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Trump must put country before business interests
Donald Trump must choose: Be president, or be chairman of his company. He can’t do both without creating severe conflicts of interest, at the very least. At worst, Trump’s private holdings could undermine critical foreign policy and blatantly violate the Constitution.
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