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Calling this speech ‘colorful insults’ misses the point
The Jan. 15 news article “Trump’s deal is ‘the slap of the century,’ Palestinian leader says” reported on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s latest rant under the genteel phrase “colorf...


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Action matters more, senators
In his Jan. 17 op-ed, “Mr. President, stop attacking the press,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made an eloquent denunciation of the president’s steady and destructive castigation of the media. All peop...


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‘Excellent’ doesn’t seem like an accurate descriptor for Trump’s health
As a clinical neurologist, I found Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson’s assessment of President Trump’s cognitive health as excellent misleading [“In excellent health, Trump got top score on cognit...


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What libertarians understand about money
In his Jan. 16 WonkBlog excerpt, “Bitcoin shows what libertarians get wrong about money,” Matt O’Brien suggested that libertarians don’t understand that money is “something we use to buy things with...


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No good options for individual teachers
Regarding the Jan. 17 front-page article “At Ballou, chronically absent still graduate”: I was married to a D.C. Public Schools high school teacher for more than 20 years. The question of whether to...


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Maryland Democrats’ bad shell game
Regarding the Jan. 17 Metro article “Democrats push back on U.S. tax law”: Democratic Maryland state legislators are considering changes to reverse the impact of the federal income tax law. Under the...


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Misassigning voters to House districts is a result of gerrymandering
The Jan. 14 Metro article “Thousands of Virginians may have voted in the wrong state House districts” served the public interest by identifying important factors that raise the risk of not assigni...


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D.C.’s Fair Elections Act will help curb abuse
In their Jan. 14 Local Opinions essay criticizing the District’s recently passed Fair Elections Act, “Giving more power to the already powerful,” David Keating and Thomas Wheatley contended that publi...


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What makes America exceptional is immigration
David Bier’s dissection of the impact of rescinding temporary protected status for Salvadorans was excellent [“Canceling TPS for Salvadorans won’t help U.S. workers,” Outlook, Jan. 14]. The administ...


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A call to action for democracy
In light of Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt’s new book “How Democracies Die” and the Jan. 14 Outlook review by Christian Caryl, “Can our democracy survive Trump’s attacks on its institutions?,”...


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Please, use some periods
As a more-than-40-year subscriber to The Post, I have come to expect clear writing, regardless of whether I agree with the writer or subject. However, the third paragraph of the Jan. 10 editorial “H...


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This time, they’re certain that it’s coming from space
I read with interest and amusement “Scientists zoom in on fast radio bursts, the most mysterious signals in space” [news, Jan. 12]. A few years back, scientists reported on such a radio b...


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They were riveting, not rusty
Wow, Hank Stuever’s review of David Letterman’s one-hour conversation with former president Barack Obama on Netflix missed the mark [“Letterman’s debut lacks the luster of his late-night gig,” S...


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Thank you to a writer who captures the nuance in science
I applaud Tamar Haspel’s point in her Jan. 10 Unearthed column, “Corral the name-calling, please” [Food]. Too often, private conversations and public- ­policy debates that include the phrase “s...


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Another fond memory of Art Buchwald
Regarding the Jan. 4 Style article “Believing in the afterlaugh”: I have my own Art Buchwald story that will stay with me the rest of my life. I have a picture of Buchwald holding my 3-year-old...


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A Bible from his mother? Doesn’t look like it.
In his Jan. 5 op-ed, “A ‘postliterate’ president?,” Joe Scarborough mentioned President Trump’s “Bible given to him by his mother.” However, Trump’s Bible was not given to him by his mother — even t...


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This picture was worth at least a few hundred words of explanation
How about a little more explanation for the second photograph with the Jan. 7 front-page article “Frustration, anger boil over in Iran ”? The small photo appeared to illustrate an adap...


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‘Out of step’ shouldn’t mean the show can’t go on
Regarding Peter Marks’s Jan. 7 Critic’s Notebook essay, “Out-of-step musicals” [Arts & Style]: Is Marks lacking in historical sense? Is he unable to perform the exercise of viewing worthy works in h...


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Work requirements for Medicaid are horrifying
Two Jan. 17 letters about Medicaid work requirements, “Missing the boat on Medicaid,” suggested that it is a good idea to require some Medicaid recipients work or be actively looking for work. R...


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Jeff Flake should stay and fight, not retire
In his Jan. 16 op-ed, “The coup that succeeded,” Richard Cohen commended Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for his “honorable retirement.” Mr. Flake would deserve to be honored had he stayed to oppose the H...


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