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Teaching for jobs

The state Senate and House have passed separate and distinct plans to fund basic education in Washington, and while the gaps may seem insurmountable now, this is progress of sorts. The basis of compromise and consensus must be there, somewhere. The way ahead requires open minds and a desire to solve this state’s most intractable problems.

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Charles Krauthammer | Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team — the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — could fit in a Cabinet put together by, say, Hillary Clinton.

Roger Stark, MD | How we are hurt by the Affordable Care Act

Congress is currently debating repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and enacting some form of replacement. Defenders of the ACA argue that even though the law only provided health insurance to 40 percent of the uninsured and that it has not decreased health care costs, it has been an economic boon to the country and to Washington state.

Tracy Warner | I’m stuck in Lower Slobbovia

It’s not easy being an enemy of the people. It is difficult, plotting my subtle distortion and my twisting of truth and nurturing my fundamental dishonesty to the point where I can do an adequate job deceiving people. This is not a task for the weak or faint of heart. It takes real commitment to fabrication and fakery.
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Eugene Robinson | Obamacare has staying power

What’s the holdup, House Republicans? During the Obama administration, you passed literally dozens of bills to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act — knowing that none had any chance of being signed into law. Now that President Trump is in the White House, why can’t you seem to pull the trigger?

Tracy Warner | Religion does not justify this

If you operate a public accommodation — a store, a restaurant, hotel, clinic, or maybe a florist shop — you cannot discriminate against several categories of customers. For instance, you cannot refuse service on the basis of race or religion, as in turning away a black customer, or a Jewish customer. Everyone should agree this is fundamental, and a good thing, for without this standard we would we would slip back to the injustice and reprehensible oppression of our recent past.

Tracy Warner | Can Trump stop the robots?

I felt sadness and optimism simultaneously. That was my reaction reading Wednesday’s followup with the former employees of Alcoa’s curtailed Wenatchee Works aluminum smelter. Reporter Christine Pratt checked up on laid-off employees interviewed a year ago. Most had difficult times, but bounced back to find jobs or train for new professions. Their new jobs, or the jobs they hope to take after schooling, tend to pay less than Alcoa, often with less generous benefits, but they are rebuilding and their families are intact. It was heartening to see them bounce ...

George Will | Congress, not the president, should raise tariffs

In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah thinks Congress should also have a say when a president wants to initiate a trade war.