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At Long Last, the Stuff of Journalism

White House press corps

A free press is now in full-operating mode in the role that the nation’s founders intended: as a watchdog on government.
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“A shameful day”

On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, suspending the refugee program and permanently imposing a religious test for refugees going forward.
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Wrong. Good idea – if it works both ways. Missed the point

Even a key to the door of the White House is not a license to tell anyone, in a nation that so values free speech and free press rights, to “shut up” or to stop “talking smack.”
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An Inaugural Day ‘open letter’ – to the rest of us

For those reveling today in Trump’s oath of office, take a moment to consider that the freedoms of speech and press which he seems to be targeting were in no small way vital to a campaign rooted in reaching out to those who felt marginalized, ignored or even betrayed by both major parties.
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To uphold religious freedom in 2017, do small things with great love

Whatever the motives for standing up for others – religious faith, civic virtue or enlightened self interest – religious freedom only works when a right for one is a right for all.
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Standing Rock: Historic win for Native American religious freedom

In the long, ugly history of persecution, exploitation, broken treaties, unkept promises and adverse court decisions, the victory at Standing Rock is a rare win for Native American religious freedom.
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Free press future: Back to the “basics” in a new way

For those who constitute a free press, recognize that your strength and your appeal rest in representing those who support your work through subscriptions, fees or contributions.
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Religious freedom in the age of Trump

Faith in the American ideal of liberty and equality for all – a faith widely shared by Americans across faiths and ideologies – is the firewall that will ultimately protect our experiment in religious diversity and democratic freedom.
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We have assembled, petitioned, spoken and even prayed: So now vote!

Over nearly two years, the nation has been through an exhausting process of sorting through possible candidates, selecting nominees and now consider the final few — and lest we forget, for offices high and low, local and state and national.
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Threats of murder, injury are not ‘politics’ — nor patriotism

Patriotism does not involve threatening others with injury or death, no matter how dire you believe the results of voting on Nov. 8 will be for you or your fellow citizens.
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