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From the editorial: Scientists aren’t flawless or all-knowing, but they deserve more trust than those who impugn their expertise and motives for the sake of demagoguery. Whether the threat is from space, or a virus, or humanity’s own environmental shortsightedness, the solution is to trust the science — and to reject the know-nothing extremism that afflicts too much of a nation’s politics today.
From the editorial: If it takes an existential threat to their vacation homes and beachfront land to finally get (the wealthy) to join the fight to save the planet, that, at least, would be a positive aspect to the latest dismal climate news.
From the editorial: ... Without concrete action soon, the entire democratic electoral process that put these policymakers in office and imbues them with power on behalf of the public is in jeopardy. Do whatever is necessary to protect the will of the people.
From the editorial: The Senate should act without delay, though whether it can overcome a Republican filibuster is uncertain. If it cannot, senators should vote on a similar Senate bill that does have bipartisan support. That one doesn't go quite as far, but something is better than nothing. ...

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From the editorial: Republicans have made their point. They got the attention they wanted. Now it’s time to engage Democrats to solve the problem. ... And Democrats, you can cover your eyes and pretend the border isn’t a problem. Texans don’t have that luxury, and they will show it at the polls.
From the editorial: Donald Trump’s courtroom comeuppance ultimately would serve Americans of all political stripes because it would affirm a concept that badly needs affirmation: That no person is above the law.
From the editorial: Just because the nation has numbed itself to the pernicious and persistent effects of this virus doesn’t mean it no longer qualifies as a pandemic. And the country is heading into another likely winter surge. The president could do all Americans a favor by maintaining a cautious tone and strongly emphasizing the importance of vaccinations and boosters — at least helping ensure that infections yield the mildest symptoms possible.
From the editorial: These busing immigrant ploys of Abbott and DeSantis ploys could be dismissed as little more than cynical campaign gestures — if not for the serious history of racism at their roots.
From the editorial: As for the feds, their inaction or outright incompetence is what facilitates Abbott’s actions. Instead of standing by and letting this play out, the administration should recommit to helping place and take asylum seekers where there’s capacity across America. We can be both more humane and more efficient.
From the editorial: Every immigrant in Florida should remember the pain of their first days in America. How heartbreaking it would have been to be used as a pawn by such a heartless politician as Gov. DeSantis.

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From the editorial: Housing and supporting the influx of migrants across our borders should be another “fair share” situation. ... Martha’s Vineyard rose to the occasion — who will follow?
From the editorial: In contrast, federal judges receive lifetime tenure, specifically to shield them from public pressure. Their job is to abide by the U.S. Constitution and laws passed by Congress, not impose their personal opinions. That’s the “rule of law.”
From the editorial: The right to marry whom you love should not be subject to the whims of an out-of-step conservative court or be left to a patchwork of state regulations. Congress must make the Respect for Marriage Act the law of the land.

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