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Opinion: Banning ‘Maus’ for making us uncomfortable is denying history

As I flipped the pages, I felt myself becoming a little disoriented, unclear why this book was telling the story of the Holocaust in this way, with drawings of Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. But I was quickly drawn in, flipping pages faster and faster, then pausing, going back and trying to process …

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Opinion: Politicizing the Holocaust dehumanizes us all

Just last week, the United Nations adopted a resolution by consensus against Holocaust denial, while Egypt commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the very first time, in an event sponsored by Cairo’s US embassy and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yet as we mark this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am terribly saddened …

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Opinion: Biden can’t let Sinema and Manchin short-circuit his Supreme Court nomination

A few potential nominees have already been floated around. DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has experience as a public defender, has already survived the vetting process because of her appellate appointment. Leondra Kruger, one of the youngest appointees to the California Supreme Court at age 45, clerked for the late Justice John Paul …

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Opinion: Jamie Oliver is veering into cultural appropriation. Because he’s Jamie Oliver

The public reaction was swift. We saw the usual, tired responses throwing around the word “woke,” as if it is an army of people flying a woke banner, hellbent on destruction. There was an all-caps Twitter post about “HOW SICKENING THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS IN OUR COUNTRY.” This was tempered with amusement elsewhere …

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Opinion: One word sums up Breyer’s judicial philosophy

In the 1970s, Breyer took a leave from his professorship at Harvard Law School to work as counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts on the Judiciary Committee. It was an unusually productive period, and Breyer played a key role in measures deregulating the airline, trucking and railroad industries. The issues generated a lot of …

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Opinion: A humble prediction for what comes after Omicron

Though much of the country is still in the teeth of the Omicron surge, the experience in other countries, as well as the improvements seen in many US states, has led to a familiar phenomenon: various experts in infectious disease, epidemiology, public health, pandemic modeling and perhaps crystal ball interpretation being trotted out to give …

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Opinion: It’s Neil Young’s free world, not Joe Rogan’s

The 76-year-old rock-and-roll icon has taken a stand against vaccine misinformation, telling the streaming platform Spotify to remove his music if it continues to feature those who regularly disseminate lies and conspiracy theories about Covid-19. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe …

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Opinion: Parents’ fury over school closures is righteous, but misdirected

Indiana University sociologist Jessica Calarco, who surveys parents, says we’re doing worse now than we were at the start of the pandemic. Seventy percent of mothers say they’re overwhelmed, according to her research. So it’s not surprising that the debate about who is responsible for this crisis is getting ugly. But two of the parties …

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