Month: December 2019

The Phantom Momentum of Bernie Sanders for 12/31/2019

A late-December flurry of articles on a revival of Bernie Sanders’ prospects points to a cardinal rule of political journalism: The story must change. Whether the story has actually changed matters not.

Thus, we had a headline in The New York Times reading, “Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat,” and one in Politico that said, “Democratic Insiders: Bernie Could Win the Nomination.” The polls, however, have barely budged.

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Opinion: Why do people attack places of worship? Here’s what we know from our mass shootings database

This year has been the worst on record for mass killings, with more than 40 attacks in which four or more people were killed.

This has also been one of the worst years in recent history for attacks on religious groups or places of worship. On Sunday, a shooting at a church in White Settlement, Texas, left two dead and one critically wounded.

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How Assemblyman Chad Mayes made me believe politics can still be a noble profession

Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley represents the Marines in Twentynine Palms, the crystal-gazers in Joshua Tree, the rainbow-flaggers in Palm Springs, the monied elite of Indian Wells and other desert dwellers like me. Mayes is fairly conservative. I’m fairly progressive. We have about as much in common as Chihuahuas and chalupas.

Or so I thought.

Like a lot of people, we’re both tired of the intractable polarization that too many pols call “standing on principle.” Like a lot of people, we find it sad, and dangerous to democracy.

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Opinion: When border officials brought in a detained child with flu, our hospital faced a dilemma

Physicians have grown increasingly concerned in recent months about the state of health care in migrant detention facilities, particularly for children.

Earlier this month, the two of us had a firsthand look at one part of the problem.

One of us (Donna Woods) was on duty in the emergency room of the Tucson hospital where she practices when Customs and Border Protection brought in a child who had tested positive for influenza. CBP wanted the emergency department to clear the child to be returned to the detention facility.

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