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NYT | Opinion On Thursday, January 20, 2022:

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 Source: nytimes.com By Ezekiel Kweku Politics Editor, Opinion President Biden’s candidacy had a very simple premise: It was time to get things back to normal. When he jumped into the race, what needed to go back to “normal” was American politics, which had been turned, in the eyes of many voters, into a 24/7 spectacle by the presidency of Donald Trump. By the time the general election campaign had begun, “normal” had grown to include the end of the pandemic, which Biden pledged to “shut down.” One year after he took office, argues Matthew Yglesias in a guest essay , the president has made surprising strides toward returning the country’s politics back to normal, passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill and making progress toward passing another bill to expand science funding and strengthen the supply chain. Democrats are frustrated with Biden’s inability to pass the sweeping reforms he proposed during the campaign, but for Yglesias, these are the normal kind of frustratio

Opinion | NYT on Wednesday, January 22, 2022:

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 Source: nytimes.com By Lucy King Senior Video Journalist, Opinion A year ago, I couldn’t get the images of Covid patients spending weeks alone in hospital beds, slowly losing their breath, out of my mind. I imagined my mom or dad alone in the hospital, slipping away without me there to comfort them. Our team thought that if we could capture that moment in video — that unique, devastating moment of loss — perhaps people would take Covid more seriously. Two weeks later, my colleague Alex Stockton was at the bedside of Ana Maria Aragon, whose family was facing that reality. The resulting video triggered thousands of responses from viewers — especially from nurses. They were grateful to us for representing their pandemic experiences. Not only were they nurses, but the dire situations forced them into taking on the role of surrogate family members too. They were witnessing death at a previously unimaginable pace. Many nurses were unable to process what they were seeing at the

Opinion: The rough transcript is devastating. How could Trump not know that?

By Max Boot  6-7 minutes - The Washington Post At least Richard Nixon had the good sense to resist releasing the “ smoking gun ” tape until finally forced to do so by the Supreme Court. That is because Nixon, the worst criminal to occupy the Oval Office until now, at least had a modicum of moral sense and self-awareness. He knew what he had said was wrong — he was heard plotting to use the CIA to shut down the FBI investigation of Watergate — and he realized that the tape’s release would be devastating to him. President Trump, by contrast, is so clueless — so lacking in even the most basic sense of right and wrong — that he could actually tweet this morning: “Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call — got them by surprise!” Suffice it to say, there were no apologies after the release of the Memorandum of Telephone Conversation (TelCon) between Tru

Opinion | Pelosi should send the GOP roses.

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By Jennifer Rubin 5-6 minutes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) walks to the House chamber to sign a bill ending a partial government shutdown Friday. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg) Jennifer Rubin Opinion writer covering politics and policy, foreign and domestic President Trump and the GOP in 2018 decided to make then-House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the face of the Democratic Party. It played to their anti-elite, anti-urban and, yes, anti-woman message directed at their base. She and Democrats triumphed in the midterms, and now Republicans might be a tad envious of a party leader whose party isn’t afraid to let out in polite company. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows , “American voters trust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more than President Donald Trump, 49 - 42 percent ‘on issues that are important to you.’ . . . Independent voters trust Pelosi more than President Trump 49 - 36 percent.” There

Opinion | China has detained an old man and tormented his daughter. Trump thinks this is ‘honorable’?

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By Fred Hiatt 5-6 minutes Ti-Anna Wang in Washington in April 2013. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post) Fred Hiatt Editorial page editor and columnist, overseeing The Washington Post Opinions section. Not long before President Trump expounded on how “honorable” he finds China’s Communist regime , my friend Ti-Anna Wang found herself and her 11-month-old baby in custody in the Hangzhou airport. How she came to that predicament, after flying halfway around the world, offers a useful lesson on the regime’s honor or lack thereof — and on the vindictive, bullying lengths it will go to keep one young woman from visiting her ailing father. Ti-Anna, 29, barely knows her father, because in 2002 he was abducted by Chinese security agents while on a visit to Vietnam, bundled across the border, thrown into jail and, eventually, sentenced to life in prison after a one-day closed trial. His ostensible crimes were espionage and

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time

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By Chris Mooneyand and Brady  Dennis 8-10 minutes Chris Mooney Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment. Brady Dennis Reporter focusing on environmental policy and public health issues January 8 at 5:00 AM U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4 percent in 2018, according to new research — a jarring increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The findings, published Tuesday by the independent economic research firm Rhodium Group, mean that the United States now has a diminishing chance of meeting its pledge under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2025. The findings also underscore how the world’s second-largest emitter, once a global leader in pushing for climate action, has all but abandoned efforts to mitig