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Margaret Sullivan: It’s time for local journalists to reckon with the racism we overlooked

When a gunman opened fire at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket last weekend, I tried to help the Washington Post find a local freelance journalist to start covering the story while editors scrambled to get our own reporters to the terrible scene. As a Western New York native who worked at the Buffalo News for decades, I was pretty well positioned to be a scout.

Opinion >  Syndicated columns

Commentary: Is my drug copay coupon a form of charity — or a bribe?

Before my insurer had even preapproved coverage of the new injectable medicine my doctor had prescribed, I got a voicemail from its manufacturer informing me that I might qualify for its copay assistance program. That meant the company would cover at least the lion’s share of my copay, leaving me with a minimal, if any, out-of-pocket contribution.
Opinion >  Syndicated columns

Commentary: Lessons from the Soviets on how to hold Russia accountable for war crimes

Evidence of Russian violence against Ukrainian civilians – murders, kidnappings and rape – continues to emerge on a daily basis. Each liberated locality adds to a grisly realization that a genocide might be taking place in the Russian-occupied Ukraine. Ukraine’s State Prosecutor’s Office has already started investigating crimes committed by Russian troops and the International Criminal Court might get involved as well.
Opinion >  Syndicated columns

Tyler Cowen: What true conservatives should care most about

If you are a true conservative – and I use the term not as Ted Cruz might, but in its literal sense, as in conserving what is of value in the modern world – then you should be obsessed with three threats to the most vital parts of our civilizational heritage, all of which are coming to the fore: war, pandemic and environmental catastrophe.
Opinion >  Syndicated columns

Monica Hesse: The misguided chivalry of Will Smith

In the moment before Jada Pinkett Smith’s husband strode onstage to slap another man during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, the camera panned briefly to her face. Comedian Chris Rock had just made a joke at her expense, and she did not appear happy. She rolled her eyes. She clasped her hands tightly in her lap. She sat ramrod straight, wearing a high-necked emerald gown – there was almost a genteel Victorian sensibility to her restrained displeasure.

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