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The world watches a shrinking presidency

By MICHAEL GERSON    It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment —or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.      Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in the hands of a mental pubescent in North Korea. In the Middle East, a hostile alliance of Russia and Shiite powers is ascendant; radical Sunnis have a territorial foothold and inspire strikes in Western cities; America’s traditional Sunni friends and allies feel devalued...

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Turning policies into numbers

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress last week. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that “we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and...

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McNary lacrosse home opener Friday

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Led by a strong junior class, McNary lacrosse coach Ryan Bowlby expects a solid season. The Celtics opened the 2017 campaign on Monday, March. 13 with a 12-8 win at Newberg. McNary’s first home game is Friday, March. 17 versus Hermiston at 7 p.m. “We have lots of experience on offense,” Bowlby said. “Our defense is extremely new but our goalie is a third-year starter. We’ve got a good mix-match.” Jonathan Williams, who scored three goals and added three assists against Newberg, will lead the offense. “Right now pretty much everything is ran...

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Who deserves health care?

By DON VOWELL Is there someone you think should not be able to see a doctor?  The new proposal hopes to improve access with the exception of 45 million or so (American exceptionalism?), who can’t or won’t afford it. It is a question we must answer according to our humanity rather than political affiliation, ideology, or income level.  We need to ask instead how we’ve decided that some Americans don’t deserve health care. Almost all other industrialized nations pay much less to provide universal health care. They have made a conscious decision that a healthy citizenry makes a healthy...

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Resistance from both sides

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS This should be the moment President Donald Trump cleans up Obamacare with a broad smile on his happy face. He won the Electoral College—and as his predecessor Barack Obama liked to say, “Elections have consequences.” Trump’s Republican Party controls the House and the Senate, which should mean there are no sand traps or water hazards on his golf course. Problem is, Trump finds himself in the land where it’s often easier to vote no than to vote yes. Members of his own political party and conservative think tanks became standouts because of their principled opposition...

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