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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Immigrant Children cartoon by Rob Rogers. This is one of the six cartoons the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette refused to publish. MUST CREDIT: Rob Rogers (Rob Rogers / Handout)

Ann Telnaes: An American editorial cartoonist has been fired for skewering Trump. He likely won’t be the last.

“Oh, good lord.” That was my reaction the day after the election of Donald Trump in November of 2016, when it dawned on me that I would be serving my year as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists during the same time as the guy who wanted to “open up” libel laws and weaken the First Amendment so he could sue journalists more easily. Instead of the usual loss of jobs for editorial cartoonists that a president of the AAEC has to address during his or her tenure, now I’d be dealing with a much more fundamental threat to our profession: a president of the United States who has no idea or respect for the institution of a free press and its role in a democracy.

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Call to new ICE policy

I write to condemn in the strongest language that I can summon the current ICE policy, conducted in the name of the American people, of separating parents and children at our borders. Families fleeing violence and poverty in their own countries are encountering new trauma: Children are being separated from their parents without warning, explanation, or any information or assurance of reunification and sent to facilities ill-equipped and ill-prepared to properly care for them.

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Cal Thomas: Bias doesn’t need documentation

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against nonwhites? The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no “documented” evidence that political bias at the FBI directly influenced the findings in the Clinton investigation or the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute the former secretary of state. People in “flyover country” are more likely to believe pigs can fly than they are to accept that political bias did not expose a clear intent to damage presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Inslee's smelter contradiction

Gov. Inslee's Newport Silicon Smelter project of "state-wide significance" will emit tons of greenhouse gases and other toxins. Doesn't this contradict Washington's carbon policy?

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No credit for diplomacy

I find it interesting that the left and the press said President Trump sounded bellicose towards North Korea several months ago and said Trump was leading us to war and that we needed diplomacy!

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UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St.. Dominic of Tacoma stand with refugees today and every day

Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day, and Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma feel called to make our voices clearly heard in this time of an unprecedented global refugee crisis. More than 61 million people have been displaced from their homes, more than at any time since World War II. Some 21 million are refugees; most are children who have been forced from their homes by unthinkable violence. What has been the response of the Trump administration to the influx of Central American asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico? Families are being ripped apart, with parents incarcerated and their children taken who knows where. And U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that refugees fleeing domestic violence and gang violence will not be eligible for asylum. This is absolutely unjust, and violates our Catholic faith and understanding of the importance of the family unit. These refugees are entitled to due process and asylum hearings without tearing families apart.

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

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An educator's struggle

A major issue in the news recently has been a strike movement led by and for teachers. These strikes that are occurring all over the country, as well as other countries, are fueled by educators wanting more than what they are being given now. There have been several issues with the education system, including lack of funding, better pay and resources.

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In search of colorblindness

This is in response to the Rev. Rick Matters' letter published June 4 ("Work for America's ideal"), lamenting continued racism in this country. He claimed that racism today is "institutionalized and legalized," but gave no explanation of this.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: What if God were one of us?

What if God were one of us? Singer Joan Osborne famously asked that question in 1995. In her Grammy-nominated hit, “One Of Us,” she envisions the author of all creation as “a slob like one of us, just a stranger on a bus trying to make his way home.”

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