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American Opinion: Service in Congress is supposed to be just that — service — not a chance for the rich to get richer with games that might land them in jail if they were anyone else. Pelosi and other leaders in both parties should get behind these reforms and make them happen.
American Opinion: Their silence on that point suggests this may well be the familiar scenario that too many Americans are seeing in their workplaces: the stubborn refusenik who thinks his right to make a point about not being told what to do supersedes a co-worker’s right to breathe. If that’s not the case, Sotomayor and Gorsuch should say that, if only for the sake of the public’s already-diminished esteem for the court. And if that is the case — well, the public deserves to know that as well.
Summary: Paul Marquart has served ably for 35 years as a Dilworth City Council member and mayor, as well as a Minnesota House member.
American Opinion: Filling one position won’t eliminate a millennia-old problem. Leaving the post empty for partisan reasons, however, would be indefensible.

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American Opinion: President Biden and Schumer have vowed to keep fighting to protect voting rights. They must do so as long as there’s a chance to save our democracy.
Summary: It’s time for the sports world — officials, fans and companies that pay top-dollar for product endorsements — to stop giving stars a pass for behaving as if the rules don’t apply to them.
American Opinion: With astonishing nerve, leading Republicans are actually blaming Biden for the latest viral surge, even as they undermine commonsense pandemic policies in the name of “freedom.” In reality, they’re protecting the freedom of a deadly virus to spread.
Summary: It is unrealistic to expect schools to meet these challenges without additional resources, much less with — as some states are threatening — cuts to school budgets. The Cares Act passed by Congress in March included about $13 billion for K-12 schools, but schools need more.
Summary: But the fundamentals haven’t changed and bear repeating: The safest way to avoid infection is to avoid large groups and wear a properly fitting mask. Fully vaccinated and boosted people are still vulnerable to infection but tend to have milder symptoms, whereas unvaccinated people are the ones currently overwhelming hospitals.
Summary: Leiserowitz sees the emergence of “a fundamental shift in society” that could quickly spill over into political action, as with same-sex marriage and other fast-shifting issues before it. “You’re beginning to see the coalescing of a powerful citizens’ movement demanding that leaders act, both business leaders and government leaders.”

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Summary: We seem determined to let omicron run its course, but as the virus burns through the population, what carnage is it leaving behind? More deaths. Sick children. Vaccinated people who are now saddled with long-term illness and disability. But if we can’t rely on our institutions for protection — or even reliable information — the virus itself may be the least of our worries.
American Opinion: The insurrection might have come as a huge surprise to most Americans, but these investigations suggest it should’ve been no surprise at all, especially for their social media hosts.
American Opinion: All sane Americans know who the real divider is. He stoked a mob to rush the Capitol to stop the counting of votes of the Electoral College. For that high crime, he was impeached with bipartisan support in the House and a bipartisan majority in the Senate then voted to convict him. The biggest lie of all is that he, drowning in self adulation, loves this country.

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