Does America really need a Space Force?

President Trump announced on Monday that he has directed the Department of Defense to begin plans to form a U.S. Space Force to stand as a sixth branch of the armed forces. “When it comes to defending America,” he said at a meeting of the National Space Council, “it is not enough to have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important.” The notion of a Space Force has long been bandied about in Washington. Last year, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama called for the formation of a space corps within the Air Force as a precursor to an independent service branch. (The Air… Read More

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Confessions of a former immigration hawk

Being wrong is the de-facto, if almost universally unacknowledged, vocation of the opinion columnist. Anyone who offers his views regularly in a public forum is bound to be wrong frequently, if not most of the time. But for obvious reasons it is considered a professional liability to admit this, and most of us go on subtly changing our minds without ever stopping to ask ourselves what happened. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of incarcerating all persons suspected of having entered this country illegally, and in the meantime holding their frightened children in metal hutches, strikes me as a suitable occasion for examining how I have come to change my… Read More

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Letter: How we all help child refugees torn from their families at the border

How we all help child refugees torn from their families at the border We have been inundated with heartbreaking stories of children being torn from their families after they have crossed the border into the United States. Many of these families have come seeking asylum from violence in their own countries. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the Opinion newsletter. One thing we can all do is contact our senators and representatives to ask them to go to a detention center where children are being held and document the conditions. We can also ask our members of Congress… Read More

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Trudy Rubin: President Trump got played by Kim Jong Un

By Trudy RubinPhiladelphia Inquirer President Donald Trump got played. After all the hoopla and pageantry and Trump braggadocio at the Singapore summit, with Kim Jong Un standing alongside the U.S. president in front of thousands of journalists, the North Korean leader came out the winner. Kim had already racked up points just by standing alongside the U.S. president as an equal, showered with Trump’s praise and transformed from pariah to international rock star. In recent weeks he was welcomed to Beijing and Seoul, and invited to Moscow. China and Russia have already started to loosen sanctions. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday… Read More

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“America is better than this”: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children

The small shelter along the Texas border to Mexico held 60 beds and a little playground where children could play. Rooms were equipped with toys, books and crayons. To Colleen Kraft, this shelter looked, in many ways, like a friendly environment for children, a place where they could be happy. But the first child who caught the prominent pediatrician’s attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. Inside a room dedicated to toddlers was a little girl no older than 2, screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. One woman tried to give her toys and books to calm her down, but even that shelter worker seemed frustrated,… Read More

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Letter: Bold move a San Jose politician made that’ll impact future housing

Bold move a San Jose politician made regarding the future of housing On June 5, San Jose voted soundly against urban sprawl and instead stayed the course in favor of high density housing within the city core and along mass transit. This is not only good for the environment but also for the financial stability of our city. The defeat of Measure B and the victory of Measure C was in part due to passionate volunteers. However, the main person that should be thanked is Mayor Liccardo. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the Opinion newsletter. The mayor… Read More

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