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Eugene Robinson: We have only ourselves to blame

We are losing the battle to save our planet, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. As the United Nations opens its 25th climate change summit in Madrid, leaders are seeking to put a brave face on a dismal situation. “My message here today is one of hope, not of despair,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told journalists Sunday.

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Ted Widmer: A balm for our nation, then and now

Thanksgiving arrives just when we need it – our most unifying holiday at one of the most divisive moments in recent American history. In general, the holiday is celebrated the same way around the country, which is among its best qualities. There are no blue-state versions and red-state versions. We all experience roughly the same routine as we go in and out of the annual food coma, punctuated by sidelong glimpses at football games and floating Snoopys on TV. We all sit at tables with distant relatives and stragglers, breaking bread together. That national sameness was very much a goal of the holiday’s architects, who created it at an even more divisive moment. With the Civil War raging in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of state, William Seward, issued a proclamation on Oct. 3 calling for a national holiday to be observed on “the last Thursday of November.” That proclamation, a document of unusual literary grace, might do good service again in a nation that could use words of healing.
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Trump’s pardons are a disservice to the military

We fear that President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pardon two service members involved in war crimes cases and reverse disciplinary action against another – and his stated motives for doing so – will damage Americans’ perception of the military, encouraging the view that veterans are “broken.”
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Nina Jankowicz: The real impeachment bombshell

As the first public impeachment hearings transfixed the country last week with revelations on a recalled ambassador and quid pro quos, America’s collective mind was blown by another bombshell: “Wait, so Kiev is pronounced KEEVE (rhymes with Steve)?!?,”
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Sexism is a serious issue, not a cheap shot

Watching Friday’s 30-second exchange between Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., felt like watching an abbreviated game of Clue. It was tense and theatrical, with a rising sense that someone was going to be accused of something at the end, but, since nobody was showing all their cards yet, it wasn’t clear who or what. By Saturday, there was a suspect and an allegation: It was Schiff, in the impeachment hearing room, with the lead pipe of sexism. Early in the afternoon, California Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican ranking member of the intelligence committee, attempted to yield some of his time to Stefanik. This attempt, however, violated a House resolution: Only ranking members and their staff counsel were allowed to speak at that moment. So when Stefanik began a question, Schiff gaveled over her.