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Michael Gerson: Are we sincere about second chances?

Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush was eventually declared winner in the Sunshine State (and thus the election) by 537 votes out of about 6 million cast. But for 35 long days of counting and challenging and pleading, it was mainly the lawyers in charge. During this period, Bush did a lot of brush clearing on his Crawford, Texas, ranch. The bloody scratches on his arms indicated how his frustration was being unleashed against unlucky cedar trees. I worked on some victory remarks and had a concession speech ready just in case. But eventually, I went to movies during the day. I was too distracted to pay much attention, though I remember seeing the film version of “Charlie’s Angels,” because, well, Lucy Liu.

Liability law hampering use of school marshals

Last spring, the Washington state Legislature created a work group to make recommendations on how to intervene and prevent mass shootings. The group includes police and prosecutors, educators, the ACLU and family members of mass school shooting victims. The work group is scheduled to make recommendations to the Legislature by the end of the year. Last spring, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs discovered that lawmakers in Olympia had budgeted $50,000 to convene the work group to recommend how to respond to and prevent mass school shootings. Steve Strachan, speaking for the WASPC, stated, “I think that if we have a thoughtful conversation about mental health, about red flags, about privacy, I think we can make real progress, so I’m optimistic that we can do something substantive and I think our Legislature is interested in that.”

David Cole: Sessions leaves a dark mark on the Justice Department

Under almost any other circumstances, the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be a moment for dancing in the streets. Sessions oversaw a Justice Department that systematically undermined civil liberties and civil rights. But his departure portends no improvement on these fronts. And the fact that President Donald Trump fired him, notwithstanding his faithful advancement of the president’s agenda, should raise alarm bells.

Jim Morin

Cartoon for November 14.

Jim McDevitt: Sanctuary city policies are a threat to public safety

Unfortunately, current 'sanctuary city' policy and directives originating from Olympia, as well as from major cities such as Seattle and Spokane, undercut not only cooperation among local, state and federal law enforcement officials, but also impair information sharing among these law enforcement partners.

Adam B. Schiff: Matthew Whitaker, we’re watching you

President Trump and his interim attorney general designate Matthew Whitaker should heed this warning: The new Democratic majority will protect the special counsel and the integrity of the Justice Department.

Kathleen Parker: Relief is yet to come

It wasn’t a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House.

Can they overcome distrust?

President Trump and Congress face a mountain of unfinished business – and chances are that most of it will stay unfinished. Of course, no one knows what will happen, and the president and congressional leaders of both parties have made the usual noises about cooperation. “There are a lot of good things that we can do together,” the president said at a press conference.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 11.

Ana Marie Cox: There’s no single lesson to be learned from Tuesday

Humans, and even political pundits, have a natural inclination to want to create patterns and narratives out of chaos, and never is that more obvious than during midterm elections, when they are called upon to make sense of thousands of different outcomes that hinge on hundreds of different idiosyncratic local issues. Sometimes those pronouncements are anodyne, obvious and mostly harmless: “Americans are still waiting for a national leader,” perhaps. Or the equally timeless and meaningless nostrum, “Candidates matter.” But amid the hyperbole of the Trump era, analysts’ attempts to paper over the country’s restlessness with bland truism are both a failure of imagination and a disservice to those Americans who have poured their labor, their money and their lives into their communities. I understand the desire to tidy up the sprawl of democracy. There were more than 6,000 state legislative seats up for election this year, plus thousands of sheriffs and school board members, judges and county commissioners. There were 155 statewide ballot measures and even more local ones. And the results were, I suppose you could say, all over the map. Grand narratives are attractive but unattainable, as the contours of individual races are as unique as the people running in them. Candidates have personal strengths and weaknesses; constituents’ interests may not align perfectly with party agendas; precincts have their own unique brews of social and economic forces. New York City’s only Republican borough elected a Democrat to Congress on Tuesday, which had far more to do with commute times on Staten Island than with President Donald Trump.

Mike Pence: U.S. seeks collaboration, not control, in Indo-Pacific

Last year in Vietnam, President Donald Trump laid out the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Next week, on the president’s behalf, I will lead a delegation to that region to discuss our progress on making this vision a reality.