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Serving those who served to celebrate Memorial Day weekend

on May 26, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
I am channeling my usual Memorial Day weekend grief into a volunteer opportunity.
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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to questions from the media as he meets with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, U.S., May 18, 2017.

I study the psychology of adolescent bullies. Trump makes perfect sense to me.

By Jaana Juvonen, The Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
Developmental science offers some insights into this apparent paradox.
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A man emerges from a voting booth in Patten.

Why the Trump voter fraud commission is dangerous

By Carl P. Leubsdorf, The Dallas Morning News on May 26, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
Curbing voting may be the increasingly white GOP’s best long-term hope of winning elections in a diversifying national electorate.
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Richard Spencer, a leader and spokesperson for the so-called "alt-right" movement, speaks to the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017.

I confronted Richard Spencer at my gym. Racists don’t get to lift in peace.

By C. Christine Fair, The Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
“Spencer wants us to believe … he should be allowed to mingle in polite, ethnically diverse society.”
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Women pay their respects to all those affected by the bomb attack, following a vigil in central Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

To avoid a Manchester-type bombing on American soil, integrate Muslims

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
“This is not a battle between different faiths,” the president said in Riyadh. “This is a battle between good and evil.”
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Maine voters have already given lawmakers a solution for our school funding woes

By Ryan Parker on May 25, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.
Instead, they delay, argue and propose new laws without meeting existing obligations.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) embraces Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before his remarks at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017.

A not-so-innocent abroad: Trump bumbles across the Middle East

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 25, 2017, at 8 a.m.
The world, hopefully, will not long remember the gaffes Trump made over there. But it can enjoy a good chuckle.
GARRISON KEILLOR
P.G.T. Beauregard statue, located in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, is one of three Confederate statues to be removed in New Orleans, April 24, 2017.

One more modest proposal

By Garrison Keillor, The Washington Post on May 25, 2017, at 6:40 a.m.
Forgive me if I don’t think the removal of Confederate statuary is an issue. I call it decluttering, which is an ongoing project at my house and I hope at yours, too.
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Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on Tuesday night told his viewers that he would stop talking about a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after Rich’s family asked him to.

Please stop politicizing our son’s murder

By Mary Rich and Joel Rich, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare.
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Maine’s drug treatment centers struggle to attract workers. Here’s how the state can help.

By Patricia Kimball on May 24, 2017, at 9 a.m.
Maine has a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our families by ensuring quality, affordable prevention, treatment and recovery centers — but we need to keep them open for business.
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U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers arrives for her meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 20, 2016.

My son has a pre-existing condition. He’s one of the reasons I voted for AHCA.

By Cathy Mcmorris Rodgers, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
To me, protecting people with pre-existing conditions isn’t just good policy — it’s a personal mission.
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A view shows damaged buildings in Qaboun neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on May 16, 2017.

How Trump could deal a blow to Iran — and help save Syria

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
Trump could fulfill his promises to thwart Iran and bring greater stability to Syria — if he acts fast.
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Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as he departs after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Nov. 21, 2016.

The Seth Rich lie, and how the corrosion of reality should worry every American

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
For lies to successfully masquerade as news, they need help. They need accessories to the crime against truth.
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Treating addiction with marijuana isn’t that controversial

on May 23, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
My attitude is whatever it takes to keep these folks from showing up in body bags at the chief medical examiner’s office.
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A youngster wearing a T-shirt showing U.S. singer Ariana Grande talks to the media near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.

I was at the Ariana Grande concert where a bomb exploded

By Joe Ryan, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
What happened makes me sad because concerts are supposed to be safe and a celebration of music.
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French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with people during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

By Sandra Butler on May 23, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
The US and France have much in common, sharing the critical values of democracy and freedom arising from our respective revolutionary histories.
JOE BALDACCI

GOP health care bill drops essential coverage for Mainers with mental illness, addictions

By Joe Baldacci on May 23, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
The American Health Care Act would drag us back to the failed policies of the past and leave millions struggling with mental health and substance use disorders without hope. But we still have hope.
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President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C.

What Democrats like about Trump

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View on May 23, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
The 2018 congressional elections are almost a year-and-a-half away, but Democrats are upbeat about picking up the 24 seats they need to take control for the first time in eight years.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on Monday, May, 22 2017 at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Good luck, Mr. President?

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar …
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President Donald Trump (left) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to reporters before their meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump

By Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
These leakers need to be brought to task.