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On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast, Milfred and Hands lament Madison's utopian disdain for 78 lower-cost apartments in the lower part of a Downtown tower a block off the Capitol Square. The Madison City Council is confusing affordable housing with high-rise penthouses.

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It's hard for Americans to understand why so many Chinese students attending school in Western countries have turned out in recent days to express support for the Chinese government in its current conflict with Hong Kong protesters. The Chinese students have tried to shout down demonstrators at pro-democracy rallies in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. I don't agree ...

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It looks like more carmakers are going to side with California in the President Trump versus the Golden State standoff over clean car standards. That's good news for anyone who cares about breathing and not baking the planet. Last month, four of the world's largest automakers - Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW - announced they will, in effect, ignore the Trump administration's plan to relax ...

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President Donald Trump has forgotten who holds the power within the Republican Party. There's a perception that the National Rifle Association has an impenetrable lock on base Republican voters and thus is holding GOP members of Congress captive. But Trump is the one person who has the capital with the GOP base to oppose the NRA and get something done on guns. And the president is missing an ...

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The New York City medical examiner's ruling that sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail has prompted a lot of hand-wringing about conditions in the facility where he was held. But if the nation had been paying attention, no one would have been particularly surprised by what happened. The United States is in the midst of a prison suicide epidemic. In 2014, according to the ...

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Racism is increasingly unacceptable to most Americans. It's increasingly unacceptable to conservatives as well as liberals, and among those with and without a college education. But what's behind the United States becoming a place where racist expression is more and more unpopular are the beliefs and behaviors of the generation born between 1982 and 2003, the millennials. USC political ...

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Hey America. Canada here. Yes, we're still friends, though we're going through a bit of a rough patch. (Tariffs? Really?) We wish you the best - even your president, although just 25% of us have confidence in him. Well, not just - that's a big number. I'm kind of stunned. Never mind. I'm writing to meddle in your election. Why? Health care. It could win it or lose it for the Democrats. I ...

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Pick your political cliche. Jill Biden was either saying the quiet part out loud or committing a Michael Kinsley gaffe (that is, speaking the truth) when she suggested that her husband needs the support of voters who prefer other Democratic candidates. "Your candidate might be better on, I don't know, health care, than Joe is, but you've got to look at who's going to win this election," former ...

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LOS ANGELES - The Trump administration's move to postpone the imposition of new tariffs on Chinese consumer goods until December comes as stiff tariffs the U.S. has already levied against China - on hundreds of billions of dollars of other commodities - don't seem to be working. The go-it-alone approach is imposing a high and growing cost on the American economy and could ultimately threaten ...

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BALTIMORE - Journalism is not for the faint of heart, especially in an era where the most powerful politician in the land has labeled its practitioners "enemies of the people" who produce "fake news." So while we rake muck and speak truth to power without fear or favor – or at least aspire to do so – it's only natural to sometimes lose sight of why what we do matters. I've blessedly been ...

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LOS ANGELES - I run Mexican restaurants in San Diego, the taco capital of the United States. We see our restaurants as community gathering places and believe we have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the world. In recent years, that has included trying to reduce our environmental footprint. A large part of our business is takeout orders, and that is only increasing as ...

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LOS ANGELES - Abolishing tuition at public universities has become a hot topic on the campaign trail, with many Democratic presidential candidates endorsing the idea. But if access to college is the issue, two other barriers could be addressed far more quickly and cheaply: convincing high-achieving high school seniors to apply for available grant money and persuading those who have been ...

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America's longest war may be coming to an end. Although major obstacles remain, the Trump administration's negotiations with the Taliban, led by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, have made progress toward an agreement that would include a U.S. military withdrawal. In July, President Trump said "it's ridiculous" that we're still in Afghanistan after almost two decades of stalemate. His 2020 ...

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Policymakers at all levels use the problems small businesses face as a key talking point during political debates. But new opinion polling in Wisconsin reveals small business owners feel their government officials don’t fully understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of poli…

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Days after the Aug. 7 immigration raids in which approximately 680 people were arrested in poultry plants across Mississippi, federal court documents were unsealed that publicly revealed the evidence that led a judge to authorize the raids, the largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history. The documents allege, among other things, that the raided plants were employing ...

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