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Dec 21,2007
Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, oversees the lead agency that is constructing the fencing and vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border as required in legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. Chertoff was recently interviewed on the border mission by San Diego Union-Tribune editorial writer Beth Barber and editorial columnist Ruben Navarrette. Q: Mr. Secretary, your own position on border fencing seems to have evolved. ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Although the Commerce Department reported strong gross domestic product growth of 4.9 percent during the summer, most economists predict that economic growth will slow down in the year's final quarter. To wit, the Bush administration revised its economic forecast downward for next year, from 3.1 percent to 2.7 percent real GDP growth. The housing market continues to slide, oil prices remain high and the U.S. dollar needs strengthening. But while many are predicting an economic ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Nearly a decade ago, in an infamous traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, two state troopers fired 11 shots upon a van containing four black and Hispanic athletes from the Bronx. They later admitted that they had pulled the vehicle over because of its occupants' skin color and were trained to use race and ethnicity when making such decisions because their supervisors told them that minorities were more likely to be drug traffickers than ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Armando Rodriguez lives on a quiet street in El Cajon, Calif. Seldom does anyone suggest that he go back where he came from. Matter of fact, few Americans ever heard of the place he came from - Gomez Palacio, in Mexico's central valley. Now retired at age 86, however, Rodriguez finds quiet amusement in the beef Hispanics hear so often - that they swipe jobs that might otherwise be filled by willing Americans. Some of ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Expect the unexpected is fast becoming the operative axiom for the 2008 presidential race. It's already scrambling the presidential fields for both Democrats and Republicans. There is, however, an ominous catch for the Dems: In an election cycle that should overwhelmingly favor them, their leading candidates have by far the more serious problems. Ridiculous, you say? Examine the scenarios now unfolding. Hillary Clinton was so far ahead of Barack Obama for most of 2007 that ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Although the next presidential election won't take place until November 2008, and the nominating conventions won't convene until next August and September, the media have been covering the candidates all through 2007 as though they were running a horse race. What is it about presidential politics that evokes horse-race metaphors? The media have designated and re-designated the Republican "front-runner": John McCain, then Mitt Romney, then Rudy Giuliani, then Mike Huckabee. The media are also speculating ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Like many others right about now, I'm drawing up my list of New Year's resolutions. As usual, it is a long list of ways that I can be a better person. But this time I'm not thinking only of myself. At top of the list I'm placing a resolution that will help Oregon, and I ask others to join me in this pledge. The resolution? To acknowledge daily the important role that public structures play ... [full story]
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Dec 14,2007
A strange year, this. As Christmas casts its warm glow across much of the land, a stubborn political freeze settles over Iowa. While GOP presidential candidates continue what passes for campaign debate, they seem agreed only that their fate rests with that 40 percent of Hawkeye Republicans who claim the label "Christian conservative." Mitt Romney, possibly feeling beleaguered after spending $6 million on Iowa TV, delivered a nationally televised address aimed at proving he is ... [full story]
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Dec 14,2007
With news of lending giant UBS taking a $10 billion hit as a result of the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown hanging in the air earlier this month, the National Urban League joined a coalition of civil rights groups, labor unions and housing activists on Wall Street to trumpet the cause of millions of Americans struggling with troubling adjustable-rate, high-interest and/or high-cost subprime mortgages. The rally, interestingly enough, attracted a substantial amount of foreign press - ... [full story]
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Dec 14,2007
The American economy will be a rhetorical battleground for Democrats and Republicans right through the presidential election next November. Voters need a reality check to separate fact from fanciful fiction on this central issue, always a deciding factor in determining who wins the White House. Democrats, of course, paint the economy in the direst possible terms. Their mantra of negatives: a falling dollar, rising oil prices, debt and deficits, slipping real estate values and now ... [full story]
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Dec 14,2007
Why are questions about China asked only in the Democratic presidential debates? We want to know what Republican candidates plan to do about China sending us poisoned foods and toys. All presidential candidates should be asked what they plan to do about the fact that free trade with China means acquiescing in gross discrimination against U.S. products and jobs. The Chinese avoid a level trading field by artificially undervaluing their currency up to 40 percent, ... [full story]
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Dec 07,2007
World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, recently served to remind us of the global as well as local health problem of HIV/AIDS. Major progress has been made in terms of medical treatment prolonging the lives of AIDS victims and those with HIV, but the disease, however, is still alive and well in the world as well as the United States, especially among blacks. "We have made tangible and remarkable progress on all these fronts. But we ... [full story]
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Dec 07,2007
Democrats have lost seven of the last 10 presidential elections in part because voters deemed them weak on national security. Could it happen again in 2008, when nearly every other issue is cutting in favor of Democrats regaining the White House? Yes, and for good reason. First, for any who hadn't noticed, America is at war; in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in a shadowy but lethal struggle around the world with terrorists determined to kill ... [full story]
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