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January 8
A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, solidifying the United States’ democratic dysfunction as a “Top Risk” crisis

Geopolitical risks begin here at home

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares for foreign crises, political analysts see the need to address domestic divisions in America.
Kevin Frazell
January 8
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall.

Counterpoint: New times call for more professional city leadership

The council-manager plan has proved its efficiency in major cities across the country.
Bill Ballas
January 8
In this screenshot taken from a congress.gov webcast, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., spoke during a Senate debate session to ratify the 2020 presidential el

Meanwhile, money is being made

The lesson of Trump and the organ grinder's monkey.
LZ Granderson, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
January 8
Supporters of President Donald Trump protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. They formed a mob that stor

Capitol insurrection was domestic terror; police response was America as usual

Culturally, we prefer distancing ourselves from hard truths.
Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg Opinion (TNS)
January 8
A U.S. Capitol Police officer guards a gate to the Capitol in Washington on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, while wearing a black band over his badge to mark th

Three clashing truths about the Capitol riot

One: The Republican Party is in a spiral. Two: The nation's democratic institutions survived. Three: This is true democracy we're seeing.
Bret Stephens, New York Times
January 7
President Donald Trump has shown America who he is and where he would take the nation from the start of his rise as GOP candidate in 2015.

A quick impeachment and trial could banish Trump from office ever again

To allow him to serve out his term puts the nation's safety at risk and leaves the door open for another presidential run.
Opinion Exchange
January 7

Merrick Garland can help lower the temperature in Washington

Biden's pick for AG bodes well for his administration's success.
Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg Opinion
January 7
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, to announce key nominees for the Ju

Senate control will transform the Biden era

He won't be able to pass everything he wants, but it's going to be a lot easier to get things done.
Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
January 7
A cleaning crew works at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential ele

What now, America?

There is much to parse about Wednesday's events in Washington.
Noah Feldman, Bloomberg Opinion (TNS)
January 7
President-elect Joe Biden is set to name Merrick Garland (shown here in 2017) as attorney general.

Justice Department really needs Merrick Garland

His experience and style are ideal for the next attorney general's mission, which is to restore the legitimacy and credibility of federal law enforcement.
Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg Opinion (TNS)
January 6
North Memorial Health Hospital leaders look at a box containing 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Robbinsdale in December.

What ails vaccine rollout is too much management, not too little

Buying up supplies and bestowing a vaccine monopoly on state governments blocked normal distribution channels.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
January 6
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

President Trump incites violent rioters

Whatever his rhetoric, he betrays the Constitution when he galvanizes rioters to overpower our democratic process.
Farhad Manjoo, New York Times
January 6
President Donald Trump applauded as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., addressed a campaign event on behalf of Georgia’s Republican senators, Kelly

With one presidential phone call, QAnon shows its power

It's a bit like jazz musicians improvising, each one punching up the other's riff.
Thomas L. Friedman
January 6
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Saturday. Cruz is among the senators planning to object to Electoral Co

Thomas L. Friedman: Never forget the names of these Republicans attempting a coup

This time they'll fail, but their disloyalty to America is clear.
Will Bunch, The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)
January 5
A dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is prepared in a syringe before a second round of vaccinations were administered at Beaumont Health in Sout

Don't blame (just) Trump for slow vaccine rollout

The root of the problem goes back decades. Blame Reagan.
Andrew F. Arthur
January 5
Face masks pose dangers for athletes during competition, the writer says. Above, the Woodbury High School football team in the fall.

COVID masks for young athletes are worse than useless

There is no science backing up the effectiveness of masks once soaked with sweat, and they pose a risk of serious injury during play.
Opinion Exchange
January 5

Biden inherits peace talks, challenges in Afghanistan

He's right to want to end 'forever wars,' but lasting peace is ultimate goal.
Ross Douthat, New York Times
January 5
Voting in Atlanta on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020. Georgia voters are choosing two senators in races that will decide which party controls the Senate.

What Republicans might gain if they lose Georgia

I do want David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to lose their U.S. Senate races, mostly because I don't want the Republican Party to be permanently ruled by Donald Trump.
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg Opinion (TNS)
January 5
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asked questions in December during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election

A tale of two election challenges: More than just 'media bias'

A Democrat's challenge in 2005 was irresponsible. Republicans' challenge this year is much worse.
Opinion Exchange
January 4

Biden faces a difficult decision on Cuba

He'll learn that nation's old, repressive ways are the same as ever.
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