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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.
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Eugene Robinson | The GOP’s profiles in cowardice

WASHINGTON — Imagine how Republicans would have reacted if former president Obama had attacked a retailer for dropping his daughter’s product line. Or asked senators to confirm a Cabinet pick who said guns are needed in schools to defend against grizzly bears. Or tried to undermine the independence of the federal judiciary. Or equated the United States’ moral standing with that of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Tracy Warner | The publisher as we knew him

I have told this story so many times I can’t recall if I ever put it down here, but with the passing of our chairman Wilfred Woods Saturday, I feel compelled to describe the view from his employees.

World Editorial Board | Judiciary says what the law is

It may be that President Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven mostly-Muslim nations ultimately will be upheld, perhaps by the Supreme Court. As some legal experts predict, the justices may indeed tell us the law gives the president great latitude on issues of national security and immigration, and that renders other constitutional questions irrelevant. We will see.

World Editorial Board | Children, a priority

So much to do. Our Legislature carries a heavy burden. Members must resolve one of the great questions of the age — how to fully fund public education — while retaining the means to address smaller projects, like reforming the mental health care system and passing an operating budget that pays for it all. With an overflowing plate this would not be the time to create a new state agency with Cabinet-level authority over myriad programs for children and families.