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NYT | The Opinion Pages: Donald Trump the Unready, by Paul Krugman

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nytimes.com   Paul Krugman Doug Mills/The New York Times Betsy DeVos , whom Donald Trump has nominated as education secretary, doesn’t know basic education terms, doesn’t know about federal statutes governing special education, but thinks school officials should carry guns to defend against grizzly bears. Monica Crowley , selected as deputy national security adviser, withdrew after it was revealed that much of her past writing was plagiarized. Many other national security positions remain unfilled, and it’s unclear how much if any of the briefing materials prepared by the outgoing administration have even been read. Meanwhile Rex Tillerson , selected as secretary of state, casually declared that America would block Chinese access to bases in the South China Sea, apparently unaware that he was in effect threatening to go to war if China called his bluff. Do

NYT The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Contributor James K Glassman : Save The Republican Party: Vote For Clinton

The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Contributor Save the Republican Party: Vote for Clinton By JAMES K. GLASSMAN   SEPT. 6, 2016 Every day, I run into Republican friends who can’t stomach a vote for Donald J. Trump but don’t know what to do. Vote for Hillary Clinton, who has trouble with the truth, wants to raise taxes and opposes free trade with Asia? Vote for the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, an outlier who once ran a marijuana business and embraces isolationism? Or not vote at all, maintaining a certain purity but allowing others to decide the next president?

NYT | The Opinion Pages - August 31, 2016: The Real Clinton Foundation Revelation

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nytimes.com   Richard W. Painter When I was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, I asked many prospective administration officials if they would sell stock in companies, give up stock options, step down from nonprofit boards or make other painful choices to enter public service. Some balked. I told them that someone more important than I was, perhaps the president or the White House chief of staff, would ask them, “Do you want this job or don’t you?” I know about the difficult questions, and entanglements, that crop up in public service. I believe that Hillary Clinton has asked and successfully answered those questions as they pertain to the Clinton Foundation. There is little if any evidence that federal ethics laws were broken by Mrs. Clinton or anyone working for her at the State Department in their dealings with the foundation. Unfortunately, the foundation is still fuel for Mrs. Clinton’s persistent critics. T

NYT | The Opinion Pages | Paul Krugman on August 29 Wrote: States of Cruelty

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nytimes.com States of Cruelty Paul Krugman Anti-abortion activists rallied against funding Planned Parenthood in Austin, Tex., last year. Eric Gay/Associated Press Something terrible has happened to pregnant women in Texas: their mortality rate has doubled in recent years, and is now comparable to rates in places like Russia or Ukraine. Although researchers into this disaster are careful to say that it can’t be attributed to any one cause, the death surge does coincide with the state’s defunding of Planned Parenthood, which led to the closing of many clinics. And all of this should be seen against the general background of Texas policy, which is extremely hostile toward anything that helps low-income residents. There’s an important civics lesson here. While many people are focused on national politics, with reason — one sociopath in the White House