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Perhaps you’ve read that President Trump is about to toss millions of the poor off food stamps for no other reason than cruelty. You wouldn’t know from this faux horror that the Trump Administration is merely policing a blatant abuse of public resources for the needy.

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Congress isn’t accomplishing much lately, but Senate Republicans deserve credit for one thing they aren’t doing: Restoring the practice of earmarks. The Senate Republican conference on Thursday adopted a permanent ban on such parochial handouts, an effort led by Nebraska’s Ben Sasse.

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With the comeback in financial markets this year, we probably should have seen it coming. But the headline rebound in first quarter growth to 3.2% reported Friday is still a pleasant surprise that shows again that the U.S. economy is remarkably resilient when government doesn’t get in the way.

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The state House of Representatives killed legislation Tuesday that would have shed some sunlight on ethically challenged judges.

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The Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka is a jolting reminder that killers motivated by religious animus continue to be a threat to innocents around the world. Large-scale terror attacks outside the Middle East have been fewer in recent months, but that is due more to the West…

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A year ago, state Sen. JP Morrell offered a bill to require unanimous jury convictions in Louisiana. When it came to criminal law, Louisiana was an outlier. Every other state but Oregon required jurors to all agree before shipping someone off to jail.

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For Christian believers, the Easter Story is no story at all. It’s a reality of transcendent and eternal proportions.

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With an 80-63 loss to Michigan State during competition in Friday night’s Sweet 16 tournament, LSU’s men’s basketball team ended its season with dashed hopes for landing in the Elite Eight, then the coveted Final Four, the biggest match-up in college basketball.

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Well, so much for the claim that Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with Russians to steal the American Presidency. That conspiracy theory, which has distorted American politics for more than two years, expired in an instant Sunday when Attorney General William Barr delivered Special Cou…

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Louisiana residents have grown sadly accustomed to ranking last on a lot of good lists and first on a lot of bad lists — those rankings that attempt to quantify, in a number of ways, the civic health of local communities.

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We commend 19th Judicial District Judge William Morvant for ordering the Louisiana State Police to release body camera footage from a November traffic stop in which a state trooper ticketed an off-duty New Orleans police officer for speeding.

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On the same day that The Advocate reported ongoing fallout from hazing arrests at LSU, the newspaper carried a story about the Catholic Church’s continuing struggle to address abuses in its own ranks.

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The American people have largely taken the disruptive Trump Presidency in stride, going about their lives and expressing their approval or not the constitutional way—at the ballot box. The same can’t be said for many of the country’s panicked elites, as we are learning anew about the Federal…

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Democrats need an identity-politics intervention. Having unleashed race, gender, sexual orientation and class as the defining issues of American politics, these furies are now consuming their authors. Where’s Barack Obama when Democrats need him?

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With tensions on trade and visas rising between the United States and China, Louisiana leaders have been right to reach out to assure our Asian friends that our state welcomes them — as students at our universities, or investors in our economy, or as tourists.

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Socialism is again going mainstream in the U.S., or at least in the Democratic Party, and apparently the 21st-century version includes the international socialist solidarity that marked the 20th. As Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro hunts for allies amid a revolt of his desperate people, he…

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House Democrats are up and running, and their first bill is instructive. Couched as an anti-corruption and good-government measure, it is really an attempt to silence or obstruct political opponents.

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U.S. population growth fell to an 80-year low last year amid declining birth rates, a new Census report shows. But it’s also telling that some states are booming while others are suffering a European-style sclerosis of population loss and slow economic growth.

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Many of Steve Gleason’s fans might have thought that the former New Orleans Saints player was done with high-profile victories after he retired from the NFL in 2008.

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Last week was supposed to be earth-shaking in Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe, with the release of sentencing memos on three former members of the Trump universe—Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Yet Americans learned little new and nothing decisive about the allegations…

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It’s hard to believe now, but in 1988 George H.W. Bush was dismissed as a “wimp.” He was then in his eighth year as Vice President; had been CIA director, ambassador to the United Nations and a Congressman; had been shot down in the Pacific as a Navy pilot in World War II; and had left clubb…

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he lame duck session of the 115th Congress is shaping up to be, well, lame. But one question is how many judges the Senate will confirm before heading home for Christmas, and let’s hope the upper chamber won’t start the holidays two weeks early.

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While millions of Americans look to Thanksgiving as a prelude to the Christmas holiday shopping rush, we are concerned too many Americans do not know the true meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Elections have a way of blowing up partisan conceits—see what happened to the Democratic Party’s Electoral College “lock” in 2016. This year Democrats busted one of their own cherished myths by proving that Republican gerrymanders weren’t preventing them from retaking the House of Representa…

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With votes still being counted, Democrats last week may have picked up as many as 40 seats in the House of Representatives. That would be their biggest gain since the Watergate year of 1974, and naturally progressives are expressing satisfaction. “Make No Mistake, the Midterm Elections Were …

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Democrats thought they could defeat Brett Kavanaugh with a cascade of uncorroborated smears, but they failed and now the accusations are unraveling. The latest came Friday when Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Judy Munro-Leighton to the Justice Department and the FBI for potential prosecutio…

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Perhaps it seems as if Louisiana is a bystander in the coming national election, where there are many other states and congressional districts fraught with inter-party competition than in our corner of the political world.

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These columns favor generous immigration and asylum for refugees. But when migration becomes a political weapon to foment border chaos, leaders have no choice other than to step in and protect national security. Exhibit A are the 4,000 or so Central Americans moving on foot through Mexico to…

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Voters across Louisiana will decide the fate of six proposed constitutional amendments to the state Constitution in the Nov. 6 election. Though not a proposed change to the state Constitution, voters in each parish will decide whether to allow online sports betting in their respective parish…

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Democrats are still expressing confidence that they’ll retake Congress in November, and perhaps they will. One reason for their optimism is the gusher of campaign money coming their way this year, and notice how you don’t hear liberals complaining about the corrupting power of money in politics.

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Anyone who thinks the brawl over Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court ended with his confirmation by the Senate on Saturday might want to listen again to Chuck Schumer’s floor speech. The Minority Leader made clear that Democrats are going to use accuser Christine Blasey Ford as a campaign …

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As the state’s flagship institution for higher education, LSU’s abandonment of a minimum college board test score for admissions might have consequences beyond the main campus in Baton Rouge. Further, by acting without apparent notification to its colleagues in higher education, LSU has rais…

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The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, and on Monday it caused Republicans to delay a confirmation vote and schedule another public hearing. Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr…

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A generation has elapsed since the bruising battles were fought over higher admissions requirements for Louisiana universities. The lessons of those debates may be forgotten if LSU weakens its requirements for freshman admissions.

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A reliable guide to a bad proposal in Washington is when both parties dispense with persuasion and substitute bromides about an idea whose time has come. This hope over experience is unfolding with paid family leave, and Republicans should consider the consequences before signing up for a ma…

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Perhaps you’ve read that the federal budget deficit is rising again, and that’s true. But what you probably haven’t heard is that the main reason is spending, not falling revenue from tax cuts.

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Friday’s jobs report for July revealed another good month for the American economy, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9% from 4%. But many potential workers are still on the sidelines, and Congress has an opening to help.

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So much for “secular stagnation.” You remember that notion, made fashionable by economist Larry Summers and picked up by the press corps to explain why the U.S. economy couldn’t rise above the 2.2% doldrums of the Obama years. Well, with Friday’s report of 4.1% growth in the second quarter, …

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The FBI over the weekend finally released its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page, and now we know why the bureau resisted disclosure. Even in heavily redacted form, the applications confirm that the FBI relied on dubious part…

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President Trump kept everyone guessing to the end about his Supreme Court selection Monday, but in nominating Brett Kavanaugh he also kept his promise to select a Justice “who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written.” Judge Kavanaugh has an exemplary record that suggests he wil…

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