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George Will | The real cost of protectionism

When the president speaks of closed factories scattered like “tombstones” across America, has he noticed the shuttered stores in shopping centers, and entire malls reduced to rubble? He promises “protection” to prevent foreigners from “destroying” manufacturing jobs by exporting to America things that Americans want to import. Does he know that one American company might be “destroying” more American jobs than China is? And that this supposed destruction is beneficial?

Eugene Robinson | Progressives, use the march to make a movement

It matters that the crowd for the Women’s March on Washington was far bigger than that for President Trump’s inauguration. The new president often boasts of having started a great movement. Let it be the one that was born with Saturday’s massive protests.

Tracy Warner | Here comes the deficit zombie

Back to boring. Thanks to the Congressional Budget Office for spoiling the party. The deficits are coming. We are unprepared and virtually helpless. We lack the political will for anything but making the situation worse.
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A most dreadful address

Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history. 

World Editorial Board | To the Cabinet

From the west slopes of the Cascades to the Idaho border, we live and work under the jurisdiction or influence of three federal executive departments.
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Charles Krauthammer | Obama’s self-revealing final act

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.
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Life saver: Wardell gets friendship, kidney from acquaintance

WENATCHEE — Longtime Wenatchee attorney and former Chelan County Superior Court judge Carol Wardell has a new lease on life, thanks to the kindness of a casual acquaintance who took the extraordinary step of offering to donate a kidney to save Wardell’s life.
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Eugene Robinson | Trump is wrong about black America

Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher. He practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family’s chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a seat in Congress representing most of Atlanta. No sane person would accuse such a man of being “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”

Tracy Warner | Death penalty taints our system

You’ve seen the statues of the goddess Justice, sword in one hand, scales in the other, blindfolded. There is much ripe ethical symbolism there. Justice weighs issues in balance. Justice has a terrible, swift sword, usually double-edged. Justice is blind.