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Op-Ed Budget for Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 UTC)

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^Commentary: Who deserves to be an American?<

^IMMIGRANTS-AMERICANS-COMMENTARY:LA—<This year I found thoughts about Dad colliding with the stream of upsetting news out of Washington — particularly the caustic talk about immigration — and I wondered what he would have made of the mess we're in.

The history of our country is, to a great extent, one long, cantankerous argument about who deserves to become an American. Dad's contribution to the debate came in 1965, when he went to Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the National Chinese Welfare Council, the earliest national organization formed by the Chinese in America. At the top of the group's agenda was eliminating the draconian quotas on Chinese immigration that had been in place since the 1920s.

1150 by Elaine Woo. MOVED


^Commentary: Stop building in floodplains<

^FLOODING-PROGRESSIVE-COMMENTARY:MCT—<In early June, Diane Mueller fled her flooded home near St. Louis, for the second time in two years. She hopes it won't happen again.

When Mueller saw the water bubbling up through grates in the floor, she knew it was time to go. She and her husband, Stan, bundled the pets into the family truck and headed for dry land. Now they sit on the floor of an unfurnished rental house, contemplating next steps.

Floods have always been a fact of life in the nation's great river valleys, but the problem is getting worse — as evidenced by the record-breaking deluge that drove Mueller from her home. Today's floods are increasingly destructive, thanks to a changing climate that brings much heavier rains. And flooding is exacerbated by development in floodplains, often paid for with tax dollars.

600 by Harriet Festing. MOVED


^Commentary: Why should I continue to support the Catholic Church?<

^RELIG-CATHOLIC-COMMENTARY:BZ—<Why should I continue to attend mass? Why should I continue to give money to this diocese? The church hierarchy has covered up years of heinous sexual crimes and has done nothing to change the culture that gave rise to these crimes. Now we see a cover-up of financial crimes as well. Jesus himself was not shy about rejecting the authority of religious leaders when it was clear they had lost their way. Why shouldn't I follow his example now?

750 by John A. Ralph. MOVED


^Commentary: Children's books offer life lessons<

^CHILDRENS-BOOKS-COMMENTARY:BZ—<James Holzhauer recently took "Jeopardy" by storm, setting a single-game record of more than $131,000 won and taking home more than $2.4 million in total. Mr. Holzhauer shared his strategy to prep for the show: He read children's books he got from the public library.

His 32-game winning streak ended June 3. Perhaps fittingly, he lost to librarian Emma Boettcher, of Chicago.

As a children's book author and children's literature professor, I know that kids' books engagingly cover a variety of topics (though, perhaps not the former mayor's "Healthy Holly" series), offering up history and statistics necessary to become a "Jeopardy" champion, but also lessons in life and leadership we can all use.

Here are 10 standout titles that come to mind:

550 by Carole Boston Weatherford. MOVED


^Commentary: Making America happy again<

^WELLBEING-COMMENTARY:LA—<To make America happy again, society has to figure out how to make our country whole. Understanding what divides Americans — and what gives them hope — could be critical to improving their well-being and the nation's.

By tracking patterns in well-being, and creating programs based on the results, we can take steps toward tackling the malaise that afflicts many of us, including the physically and mentally stressed, the jobless, the aging and those struggling with drug use.

Surveying well-being and ill-being involves asking people how satisfied they are with their lives, what their hopes for the future are and whether they recently experienced such emotions as anger or contentment.

When I explored such surveys for my 2017 book on well-being, some surprising patterns emerged. Chief among them: Well-being is more unequal in the U.S. across race and income groups than in many other countries.

850 by Carol Graham. MOVED



^Eli Lake: Don't blame Trump for Iran's aggression<

^LAKE-COLUMN:BLO—<Whether it was helping overthrow the government in Yemen or saving Syria's dictator as he gassed his own people, Iran was destabilizing the Middle East even as it negotiated with the West over its nuclear program starting in 2013. That's one reason why Trump is now trying a maximum pressure approach — to get Iran to end its own adventures in the Middle East.

700 by Eli Lake. MOVED


^Virginia Heffernan: All the president's lying ladies<

^HEFFERNAN-COLUMN:LA—<The Trump White House is a bit like Shakespeare summer camp: not enough substantial parts for the girls. The female roles at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are for craven ladies-in-waiting who are allotted very little moral agency, let alone opportunities for heroics. They subvert their ambitions to their overlord's; they lie, in short.

Yes, there's a Lady Macbeth, portrayed in Trumpworld as a waxen blonde sleepwalker, a ghostly daughter-wife whose veins are certifiably free of the milk of human kindness. (Ivanka's understudy, the creepy Melania, has skipped so many rehearsals she's been written off.)

A shrewd, unholy trinity has settled for lesser roles: the liar-handmaidens Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway. The president, according to Michael Wolff's latest book, "Siege," likes to see these three in a "cat fight," in which each undermines the others as she competes to lie most robustly on his behalf.

900 by Virginia Heffernan. MOVED


^Addam Schwartz: Blame Canada for the new war on dodgeball<


You've given us so much, from Justin Trudeau to Justin Bieber to, probably, some other things not named Justin. And now you've given us the War On Dodgeball.

700 by Addam Schwartz. MOVED

^Robin Abcarian: Duncan Hunter, your wife admitted conspiring with you to steal campaign funds. You don't belong in Congress<

^ABCARIAN-COLUMN:LA—<It's not possible to get inside someone else's marriage, but at this point, I would not predict a very high chance of survival for the union of Duncan and Margaret Hunter.

This is a husband, after all, whose reaction to being charged with federal felonies was not just to throw his own wife under a bus, but to make sure the bus backed up and ran her over a few more times.

1150 by Robin Abcarian. MOVED



^Cal Thomas: Hypocrisy has lost all meaning<

^THOMAS-COLUMN:MCT—<There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word "racism," hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm.

750 by Cal Thomas. MOVED

^Robert B. Reich: Corrupt State a greater concern than the Deep State<

^REICH-COLUMN:MCT—<Donald Trump has been ramping up his "Deep State" rhetoric again. He's back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and "enemies of the people" in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign "s***holes" to overrun America.

But with each passing day it's becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn't Trump's Deep State. It's Trump's own Corrupt State.

850 by Robert B. Reich. MOVED

^Rex Huppke: Even Fox News is reporting bad polling numbers for Trump — so they must be fake!<

^HUPPKE-COLUMN:TB—<Like most supporters of President Donald Trump, I have the good sense to know when I'm being flimflammed by liberal media nincompoops.

I expect such flimflammery from the likes of Fake News CNN and Even Faker News MSNBC, but now I see it coming from my beloved news network of choice: Fox News.

That's right. The network I believed I could trust to always tell me President Trump is beloved by all Americans and has never made even a minor mistake has suddenly pumped out outrageous misinformation that it refers to as "a poll."

1050 by Rex Huppke. MOVED



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^Editorial: Double trouble: The Supreme Court approves dual prosecutions<

^SCOTUS-PROSECUTIONS-EDITORIAL:LA—<The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that if you are convicted in a state court of a criminal offense, the federal government can put you on trial again for essentially the same crime, and if you're convicted, your new sentence can be added to your old one. In our view, that's a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against double jeopardy.

650 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: Pros and cons of 'blind justice'<

^CALIF-JUSTICE-EDITORIAL:LA—<San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon's plan to remove any considerations of race from his prosecutors' initial decisions about what charges to file in criminal cases reinvigorates an old debate: Is justice best served when it is all-seeing and all-knowing? Or when it is blind?

Gascon last week announced his plans to use a tool, developed by the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, to sweep names, crime locations and race from the police reports that prosecutors review before deciding whether to bring charges.

750 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: Don't let them silence us. Sign the petition. Help ban assault weapons<

^FLA-ASSAULTWEAPONS-EDITORIAL:FL—<People of Florida, it's up to you.

You have the power to help restrict killing machines known as military-style assault weapons, the kind used to destroy so many precious lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

All you have to do is sign your name.

Do it. Do it now. Get three friends to do it, too.

800. MOVED

^Editorial: Abortions for all: City spends on symbolism<

^NY-ABORTION-EDITORIAL:NY—<Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have agreed to spend $250,000 to help women cover the cost of terminating pregnancies, announcing that New York City now becomes the "first city in the nation to directly fund abortion care."

Is this pragmatic policymaking or progressive posturing?

300. MOVED


^Editorial: Giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women<

^INDIGENOUSWOMEN-EDITORIAL:SE—<Violence against indigenous women and girls has reached a crisis point. More than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women experience sexual violence during their lifetimes, and murder is the third-leading cause of death among them.

350. MOVED

^Editorial: Attack on Dallas courthouse marks first day for a new mayor<

^DALLAS-SHOOTING-EDITORIAL:DA—<A couple of hours before a new mayor, Eric Johnson, and a new city council were sworn in to serve Dallas, a gunman dressed in tactical gear with a black mask pulled over his face opened fire on the federal courthouse downtown.

450. MOVED

^Editorial: San Diego measles warning shows why Gov. Newsom should back tighter vaccine rules<

^CALIF-VACCINE-EDITORIAL:SD—<After personal belief exemptions were banned, medical exemptions for San Diego County kindergartners went from 108 in the school year before the change to 599 in the most recent school year. Many of these exemptions were based on parents' claims that their children had family histories of allergies or autoimmune disease. But public health officials say those are not valid grounds for exemptions.

200 . MOVED



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