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In Rio: The crime of the century?

Ryan Lochte faced off against his teammate and friend Michael Phelps in the 200 meter medley. Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Lochte is no slouch, but he has toiled in the shadow of Phelps his entire ...

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A nice column about Trump

WASHINGTON — When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don’t you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun. But hard. Then, as if ...

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Ethical dilemmas

LONG ISLAND — The Code of Professional Responsibility is the holy grail of legal ethics, especially when dealing with conflicts of interest. Attorneys often have conflicts of interest in the workplace, but it is always the attorney’s responsibility to offer ...

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Trump’s Bannon bomb

WASHINGTON — If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart’s Steve Bannon has taken over as chief executive. The new leadership – with Bannon and pollster ...

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Getting fed up with democracy

WASHINGTON — Maybe Donald Trump didn’t create an appetite for authoritarianism. Maybe an appetite for authoritarianism created Donald Trump. Many of us in the media have portrayed Trump as a uniquely dangerous threat to democracy, an aspiring strongman with little ...

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Scott Forsyth: Watchlists make bad policy

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been touting the terrorist watchlist lately. In June both presidential candidates called for greater regulation of the sale of guns to persons on the watchlist. A South Carolina representative went further, proposing ...

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Knowledge is not a vice

Let us now praise the most reviled group of people in America: so-called “elites.” And how about a round of applause for the hated “mainstream media” as well. If you listen to Donald Trump, or even if you paid attention ...

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All eyes on the Silver State

Nevada, which calls itself the “Battle Born State,” actually was born prematurely because of Republicans’ anxiety. Now, 152 years later, it again is a subject of their anxiety. Entering 1864, Abraham Lincoln and his party were intensely, and reasonably, in ...

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Prosecuting prosecutors for intentional misconduct

Prosecutors are the most powerful figures in the criminal justice system. The proliferation of criminal statutes along with sentence enhancements and mandatory minimum sentencing have constricted the discretion and authority of judges and expanded the power of prosecutors. The shift ...

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