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Perhaps a path out of the madness can be found during the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire set to begin early Friday.      Kerry has been slammed as naive for pressing Israel to end its attack, which as of this wr... WASHINGTON • Secretary of State John Kerry was right to push for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza earlier this week. All outside parties should do everything they can to end a war in which both Israel and Hamas have seemed willing to fight to the death of the last Palestinian civilian. Perhaps a path out of the madness can be found during the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire set to begin early Friday.      Kerry has been slammed as naive for pressing Israel to end its attack, which as of this wr... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58247989@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:02:01 MDT Op-ed: Fix Utah’s “broken windows,” or we’ll see more scandal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246249-82/utah-shurtleff-judge-broken.html.csp In response to criminal charges recently filed against former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, many Utahns are asking: How could this happen? Acknowledgement: I’m not disinterested. I represent some of the principal accusers in those matters. I have also been litigating a class action on behalf of Utah homeowners against Bank of America for illegal foreclosure practices – a case Shurtleff allegedly attempted to undermine before going to work for the bank’s D.C. law fir... In response to criminal charges recently filed against former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, many Utahns are asking: How could this happen? Acknowledgement: I’m not disinterested. I represent some of the principal accusers in those matters. I have also been litigating a class action on behalf of Utah homeowners against Bank of America for illegal foreclosure practices – a case Shurtleff allegedly attempted to undermine before going to work for the bank’s D.C. law fir... 58246249@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:01:02 MDT Carlson: Sexual assault bill shows bipartisan hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246297-82/schools-sexual-assault-percent.html.csp WASHINGTON • Sen. Marco Rubio doesn’t have much time for Democrats. But he does have two daughters. And so it was that Wednesday morning, he found himself standing in solidarity with a bipartisan group of senators that included Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill as they announced legislation to curb the scourge of sexual assault on U.S. campuses. The proposed Campus Safety and Accountability Act addresses the nonreporting, underreporting and noncompliance with the previously passe... WASHINGTON • Sen. Marco Rubio doesn’t have much time for Democrats. But he does have two daughters. And so it was that Wednesday morning, he found himself standing in solidarity with a bipartisan group of senators that included Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill as they announced legislation to curb the scourge of sexual assault on U.S. campuses. The proposed Campus Safety and Accountability Act addresses the nonreporting, underreporting and noncompliance with the previously passe... 58246297@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:32:02 MDT Balko: Paranoid about kids and parks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246289-82/kids-harrell-park-abducted.html.csp By Radley Balko The Washington Post A couple of weeks ago, the Debra Harrell story made national headlines. Harrell was arrested in North Augusta, S.C., and charged with a felony for letting her 9-year-old daughter play at a park while Harrell worked a shift at a local McDonald’s. Now, it has happened again, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where a mother was charged with child neglect after letting her son go to a park by himself. The mother told WPTV-TV that the officer who arrested her “kept going ... By Radley Balko The Washington Post A couple of weeks ago, the Debra Harrell story made national headlines. Harrell was arrested in North Augusta, S.C., and charged with a felony for letting her 9-year-old daughter play at a park while Harrell worked a shift at a local McDonald’s. Now, it has happened again, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where a mother was charged with child neglect after letting her son go to a park by himself. The mother told WPTV-TV that the officer who arrested her “kept going ... 58246289@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:28:01 MDT Milbank: House wastes time on ‘impeachment lite’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246267-82/impeachment-president-rep-lawsuit.html.csp WASHINGTON • The House opened proceedings Wednesday with a chaplain’s prayer that lawmakers be granted “a double portion of wisdom and understanding.” Even a side order of wisdom with a garnish of understanding would have been nice. But neither was on the menu. The people’s representatives were hurrying to depart Thursday for their five-week summer vacation, but first they had some important business to complete. Emergency legislation to ease the crisis at the border? Funding to keep h... WASHINGTON • The House opened proceedings Wednesday with a chaplain’s prayer that lawmakers be granted “a double portion of wisdom and understanding.” Even a side order of wisdom with a garnish of understanding would have been nice. But neither was on the menu. The people’s representatives were hurrying to depart Thursday for their five-week summer vacation, but first they had some important business to complete. Emergency legislation to ease the crisis at the border? Funding to keep h... 58246267@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:20:02 MDT Cepeda: Teachers must not feel powerless http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58243292-82/teachers-teacher-feel-education.html.csp CHICAGO • Teachers feel powerless. This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child’s classroom feel they are effectively without a voice. When new teachers are concerned about their performance in the classroom, going to an assigned mentor opens the possibility of being perceived as weak or faltering. The additional fear is that an offhand remark that claims the newbie isn’t hacking it will reach a supervisor. When a t... CHICAGO • Teachers feel powerless. This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child’s classroom feel they are effectively without a voice. When new teachers are concerned about their performance in the classroom, going to an assigned mentor opens the possibility of being perceived as weak or faltering. The additional fear is that an offhand remark that claims the newbie isn’t hacking it will reach a supervisor. When a t... 58243292@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Dionne: Republicans and loose talk of impeachment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58242112-82/impeachment-president-obama-republicans.html.csp WASHINGTON • If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, although it surely does. John Boehner is having trouble countering fears that House Republicans will... WASHINGTON • If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, although it surely does. John Boehner is having trouble countering fears that House Republicans will... 58242112@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:01:02 MDT Denver Post: Has pot reached a tipping point in the U.S.? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58241708-82/marijuana-favor-legalization-policies.html.csp Sometimes a bend in the road of history is such that its significance is hard to appreciate at the moment it happens. But that’s where the nation may be on legalization of marijuana. This week, The New York Times editorialized in favor of legalizing pot, a move quickly skewered by Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight blog with the headline, “Group of Liberal New Yorkers Wants to Legalize Weed.” And while Silver is right that The Times’ position is anti-climactic on one level, it also may be one of... Sometimes a bend in the road of history is such that its significance is hard to appreciate at the moment it happens. But that’s where the nation may be on legalization of marijuana. This week, The New York Times editorialized in favor of legalizing pot, a move quickly skewered by Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight blog with the headline, “Group of Liberal New Yorkers Wants to Legalize Weed.” And while Silver is right that The Times’ position is anti-climactic on one level, it also may be one of... 58241708@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:47:01 MDT Pitts: Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58241459-82/ryan-poverty-proposal-culture.html.csp Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let’s not even get into Mitt Romney’s wholesale slander of the so-called “47 percent.” So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, ha... Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let’s not even get into Mitt Romney’s wholesale slander of the so-called “47 percent.” So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, ha... 58241459@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:39:01 MDT Rosenberg: How Sarah Palin could change the media, and why she won’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58241443-82/palin-sarah-media-channel.html.csp I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia ... I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia ... 58241443@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:35:01 MDT Washington Post: Mending the VA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58241436-82/bill-billion-department-veterans.html.csp House and Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation is now on a fast track to pass Congress before its August recess, showing that Republican and Democratic lawmakers can still agree on their concern for those who served their country in uniform - and their fear of facing those same veterans in town halls and, eventually, at the polls. The problems at the VA centered on the long w... House and Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation is now on a fast track to pass Congress before its August recess, showing that Republican and Democratic lawmakers can still agree on their concern for those who served their country in uniform - and their fear of facing those same veterans in town halls and, eventually, at the polls. The problems at the VA centered on the long w... 58241436@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:32:01 MDT Milbank: Leading the world is harder than it looks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58241425-82/kerry-state-cease-fire.html.csp WASHINGTON • John Kerry put his right hand on his heart. “This is not about me,” he said. The secretary of state was reacting to the torrent of criticism at home and abroad of his failed attempt at a Middle East cease-fire. Contrary to his protest, Kerry was taking it personally. “You know, I — I’ve spent 29 years in the United States Senate and had a 100 percent voting record pro-Israel, and I will not take a second seat to anybody in my friendship or my devotion to the protection of ... WASHINGTON • John Kerry put his right hand on his heart. “This is not about me,” he said. The secretary of state was reacting to the torrent of criticism at home and abroad of his failed attempt at a Middle East cease-fire. Contrary to his protest, Kerry was taking it personally. “You know, I — I’ve spent 29 years in the United States Senate and had a 100 percent voting record pro-Israel, and I will not take a second seat to anybody in my friendship or my devotion to the protection of ... 58241425@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:28:01 MDT Rampell: We should want sick workers to stay home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58237049-82/sick-workers-leave-paid.html.csp New York • Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing. The Big Apple, you see, is joining a handful of other trailblazing cities such as Washington, San Francisco and Newark in guaranteeing workers what Congress has not: mandatory sick days. Wednesday was the first day that the newly covered workers could use the sick leave hours they have legally accrued. The amount of sick leave New York workers ... New York • Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing. The Big Apple, you see, is joining a handful of other trailblazing cities such as Washington, San Francisco and Newark in guaranteeing workers what Congress has not: mandatory sick days. Wednesday was the first day that the newly covered workers could use the sick leave hours they have legally accrued. The amount of sick leave New York workers ... 58237049@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Will: Room for a conservative internationalist policy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58237058-82/policy-israel-foreign-conservative.html.csp Washington • With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cemen... Washington • With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cemen... 58237058@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Lowry: How can ‘Smart Power’ be so dumb? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236943-82/kerry-foreign-obama-state.html.csp If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.” Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,” and “It’s crazy to be sitting around.” Kerry’s belief i... If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.” Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,” and “It’s crazy to be sitting around.” Kerry’s belief i... 58236943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:04:01 MDT Carlson: Tea party versus business backers in the bayou http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236927-82/chamber-republican-tea-landrieu.html.csp WASHINGTON • Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times’s Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber’s regional groups that the mother ship planned to support Louisiana’s Mary L. Landrieu in a close race against three Republicans. The chamber has always liked Landrieu, giving her its Spirit of Enter... WASHINGTON • Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times’s Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber’s regional groups that the mother ship planned to support Louisiana’s Mary L. Landrieu in a close race against three Republicans. The chamber has always liked Landrieu, giving her its Spirit of Enter... 58236927@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:01:01 MDT Bloomberg View: Read this, then take a nap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236922-82/nap-slim-workweek-seoul.html.csp Carlos Slim is a pretty successful guy: either the world’s richest or second-richest, depending on which measure you use and how much he spent on lunch that day. So it’s worth taking note when he has something to say about work and productivity. At a conference recently in Paraguay, Slim, who controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, pitched a radical overhaul of the 9-to-5 grind: People would work three days a week, though they would put in longer days (11 hours... Carlos Slim is a pretty successful guy: either the world’s richest or second-richest, depending on which measure you use and how much he spent on lunch that day. So it’s worth taking note when he has something to say about work and productivity. At a conference recently in Paraguay, Slim, who controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, pitched a radical overhaul of the 9-to-5 grind: People would work three days a week, though they would put in longer days (11 hours... 58236922@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:01 MDT Washington Post: Rendering ‘Roe’ moot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236915-82/clinics-texas-abortion-state.html.csp Abortion remains legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. Last year, lawmakers in Texas forced through legislation that amounts to a frontal assault on the state’s abortion providers. More than 40 clinics around the state performed the p... Abortion remains legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. Last year, lawmakers in Texas forced through legislation that amounts to a frontal assault on the state’s abortion providers. More than 40 clinics around the state performed the p... 58236915@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:02 MDT Rubin: Polling trends that matter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236907-82/poll-polling-candidate-gop.html.csp Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate. Mainstream media polling outfits seem increasingly to agree that the GOP will win six or more Senate seats, enough to capture the Senate majority. The New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll gives Republicans a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate. The pollsters do not rule o... Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate. Mainstream media polling outfits seem increasingly to agree that the GOP will win six or more Senate seats, enough to capture the Senate majority. The New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll gives Republicans a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate. The pollsters do not rule o... 58236907@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:53:02 MDT Milbank: Republican ideology is killing people http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236880-82/neal-medicaid-hospital-mayor.html.csp Washington • On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. “She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a h... Washington • On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. “She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a h... 58236880@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:47:01 MDT