Opinion - Commentary - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Opinion Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Milbank: The tourist in chief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57860336-82/obama-president-trip-national.html.csp President Obama landed in Japan on Wednesday night and delivered an important message on behalf of the American people. “That’s some good sushi right there,” he said. Indeed it was. The president had just dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro, where the Michelin three-star chef, octogenarian sushi master Jiro Ono, was featured in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Let’s hope Obama didn’t fill up too much during his 90-minute meal. He has three state dinners in his honor on the trip. The seven-day, four... President Obama landed in Japan on Wednesday night and delivered an important message on behalf of the American people. “That’s some good sushi right there,” he said. Indeed it was. The president had just dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro, where the Michelin three-star chef, octogenarian sushi master Jiro Ono, was featured in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Let’s hope Obama didn’t fill up too much during his 90-minute meal. He has three state dinners in his honor on the trip. The seven-day, four... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57860336@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:47:02 MDT Dionne: The Democrats’ Southern challenge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57860328-82/democrats-voters-base-party.html.csp CHICAGO • The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states. This base-versus-swing dilemma exists in every election, but the tension is aggravated for Democrats this year because they are trying to hold so many seats in Republican territory. Incumbents such as Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Ma... CHICAGO • The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states. This base-versus-swing dilemma exists in every election, but the tension is aggravated for Democrats this year because they are trying to hold so many seats in Republican territory. Incumbents such as Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Ma... 57860328@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:47:01 MDT Eskew: Kochs’ attacks on solar power could hurt GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57859368-82/solar-brothers-koch-business.html.csp The Republican Party’s biggest sugar daddies, the Koch brothers, are a mixed bag for the GOP: They bring money but lots of baggage. Their downside isn’t only that they are a convenient foil for Democratic turnout but also that they could exacerbate tensions within the Republican Party. For years, the party has maintained an uneasy and unlikely alliance among big business, social conservatives and anti-government libertarians. If you looked at these three groups on a Venn diagram, you would often... The Republican Party’s biggest sugar daddies, the Koch brothers, are a mixed bag for the GOP: They bring money but lots of baggage. Their downside isn’t only that they are a convenient foil for Democratic turnout but also that they could exacerbate tensions within the Republican Party. For years, the party has maintained an uneasy and unlikely alliance among big business, social conservatives and anti-government libertarians. If you looked at these three groups on a Venn diagram, you would often... 57859368@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:31:02 MDT Bouie: Things conservatives hate because liberals love them http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57859476-82/common-conservative-core-energy.html.csp By Jamelle Bouie Slate WASHINGTON — “Common Core,” the name for a set of national education standards, is the latest rallying cry for right-wing activists. Derided as “Obamacore,” it’s been attacked as a government attempt to usurp local curriculums and impose liberal values on conservative communities. Glenn Beck calls it a plot to turn children into “cogs” under a police state, and several Republican politicians have jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the Obama administration for supporting... By Jamelle Bouie Slate WASHINGTON — “Common Core,” the name for a set of national education standards, is the latest rallying cry for right-wing activists. Derided as “Obamacore,” it’s been attacked as a government attempt to usurp local curriculums and impose liberal values on conservative communities. Glenn Beck calls it a plot to turn children into “cogs” under a police state, and several Republican politicians have jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the Obama administration for supporting... 57859476@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:31:02 MDT Meyerson: Cities form cradles of progressivism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57859266-82/cities-percent-democratic-mayors.html.csp Twenty years ago, half of America’s dozen largest cities had Republican mayors. Today, just one does. Of the 30 largest U.S. cities, 26 have Democratic mayors — the greatest partisan imbalance perhaps since the presidency of James Monroe, when the nation had only one political party. What’s more, many of these mayors are progressives who came to power by besting more centrist Democratic establishments. New York’s Bill de Blasio is just one of a number of insurgent liberals who won municipal elec... Twenty years ago, half of America’s dozen largest cities had Republican mayors. Today, just one does. Of the 30 largest U.S. cities, 26 have Democratic mayors — the greatest partisan imbalance perhaps since the presidency of James Monroe, when the nation had only one political party. What’s more, many of these mayors are progressives who came to power by besting more centrist Democratic establishments. New York’s Bill de Blasio is just one of a number of insurgent liberals who won municipal elec... 57859266@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:30:02 MDT Washington Post: Diversity on campus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57859441-82/policies-action-affirmative-court.html.csp On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court, which ruled 6 to 2, nevertheless made the right call in respecting voters’ prerogative to make a different judgment. The case, Schuette v. BAMN, did not address the constitutionality of public university admissions policies that consider applican... On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court, which ruled 6 to 2, nevertheless made the right call in respecting voters’ prerogative to make a different judgment. The case, Schuette v. BAMN, did not address the constitutionality of public university admissions policies that consider applican... 57859441@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:30:02 MDT Will: The adolescent president http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57853952-82/obama-aca-president-washington.html.csp Washington • Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his di... Washington • Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his di... 57853952@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Parker: Nobody asked if Grandpa Reagan was too old http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57855083-82/women-hillary-baby-clinton.html.csp WASHINGTON — The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election? Note: We do not yet have another Clinton presidential candidacy, but we may as well have. She’s running in the American mind if not in fact. Other questions have run the gamut... WASHINGTON — The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election? Note: We do not yet have another Clinton presidential candidacy, but we may as well have. She’s running in the American mind if not in fact. Other questions have run the gamut... 57855083@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:02 MDT Op-ed: Warren’s needed call for student loan reform http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57853888-82/student-warren-debt-loans.html.csp As commencement season approaches, graduating students will soon hear words of wisdom from speakers offering experience, advice and inspiration. One thing they’re not likely to hear about is the $1.08 trillion elephant on the quad — our nation’s student debt crisis. That is how much U.S. households are estimated to owe in student loans, twice as much as in 2007. In fact, student debt now exceeds credit card debt, putting millions of families at risk of bankruptcy. Forty percent of households hea... As commencement season approaches, graduating students will soon hear words of wisdom from speakers offering experience, advice and inspiration. One thing they’re not likely to hear about is the $1.08 trillion elephant on the quad — our nation’s student debt crisis. That is how much U.S. households are estimated to owe in student loans, twice as much as in 2007. In fact, student debt now exceeds credit card debt, putting millions of families at risk of bankruptcy. Forty percent of households hea... 57853888@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:28:01 MDT Keating: China will be the world’s biggest Christian country http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57853762-82/china-million-christian-christians.html.csp China likely already has more Protestants — an estimated 58 million — than South Africa or Brazil, major centers of evangelical revival, and 67 million Christians in all — larger than the total population of France. More people go to church on Sunday in China than in all of Europe. But Tom Philips of the Telegraph suggests this growth is just in its early stages: “By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor... China likely already has more Protestants — an estimated 58 million — than South Africa or Brazil, major centers of evangelical revival, and 67 million Christians in all — larger than the total population of France. More people go to church on Sunday in China than in all of Europe. But Tom Philips of the Telegraph suggests this growth is just in its early stages: “By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor... 57853762@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:27:01 MDT Pitts: ‘Grapes of Wrath’ still matters at 75 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57853842-82/era-steinbeck-eat-grapes.html.csp It was an angry book. Much of the response was angry, too. Some towns banned it, some towns burned it. Every town talked about it. “The Grapes of Wrath” was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty. John Steinbeck introduced readers to the Joads, a poor, proud clan of Depression-era Oklahoma farmers who set out for the promised land of California in a rickety tr... It was an angry book. Much of the response was angry, too. Some towns banned it, some towns burned it. Every town talked about it. “The Grapes of Wrath” was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty. John Steinbeck introduced readers to the Joads, a poor, proud clan of Depression-era Oklahoma farmers who set out for the promised land of California in a rickety tr... 57853842@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:24:02 MDT Rampell: Safe as houses? Think again. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57849520-82/americans-housing-homeownership-financial.html.csp Some people never learn: Polls show that Americans still view their homes as the best and safest place to invest their hard-earned cash. Gallup asked Americans this month to choose the best “long-term investment.” Real estate was the most common pick, ahead of mutual funds, bonds and other options. Similarly, Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey asked Americans to assess whether various kinds of assets amounted to a “safe investment with a lot of potential.” As has been the case since before the... Some people never learn: Polls show that Americans still view their homes as the best and safest place to invest their hard-earned cash. Gallup asked Americans this month to choose the best “long-term investment.” Real estate was the most common pick, ahead of mutual funds, bonds and other options. Similarly, Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey asked Americans to assess whether various kinds of assets amounted to a “safe investment with a lot of potential.” As has been the case since before the... 57849520@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:07:02 MDT Mercury News: Drone use will heighten privacy issues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57849547-82/drones-privacy-google-valley.html.csp It’s simple to explain Google’s and Facebook’s sudden, intense interest in drone technology: An estimated 65 percent of the world’s population today lacks Internet access, and flying robots probably can connect those 4.5 billion potential users to the rest of us. Talk about expanding markets. Even the Silicon Valley mind boggles. Engineers think they can mount lightweight broadband equipment on drones and keep them aloft for days, weeks or months to make connections from the remotest and least a... It’s simple to explain Google’s and Facebook’s sudden, intense interest in drone technology: An estimated 65 percent of the world’s population today lacks Internet access, and flying robots probably can connect those 4.5 billion potential users to the rest of us. Talk about expanding markets. Even the Silicon Valley mind boggles. Engineers think they can mount lightweight broadband equipment on drones and keep them aloft for days, weeks or months to make connections from the remotest and least a... 57849547@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:07:02 MDT Milbank: Oldest justice still has the juice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57848613-82/ginsburg-justice-court-case.html.csp Midway through Monday’s arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be fading. She was looking down at her case material, her head resting in her hand, her face just a few inches above the desk. She looked up for a moment, but then sunk lower, and the only part of her visible to most of the audience in the Supreme Court chamber was the part north of the forehead. Just when I was sure she was out, I heard Ginsburg’s voice. “What would be the components of the injunctiv... Midway through Monday’s arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be fading. She was looking down at her case material, her head resting in her hand, her face just a few inches above the desk. She looked up for a moment, but then sunk lower, and the only part of her visible to most of the audience in the Supreme Court chamber was the part north of the forehead. Just when I was sure she was out, I heard Ginsburg’s voice. “What would be the components of the injunctiv... 57848613@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:14:01 MDT Robinson: How Gabo changed my life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57848693-82/garcía-márquez-wanted-american.html.csp Years before I met him, Gabriel García Márquez changed my life. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” gave me a new way of looking at the world. The label “magical realism” does not begin to capture the poetry of García Márquez’s imagination or the evocative power of his prose. Reading his masterpiece was like stepping through a portal into a Technicolor reality where the streets are paved with metaphor and the air is fragrant with dreams. García Márquez, who died Thursday at 87, was my introduction t... Years before I met him, Gabriel García Márquez changed my life. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” gave me a new way of looking at the world. The label “magical realism” does not begin to capture the poetry of García Márquez’s imagination or the evocative power of his prose. Reading his masterpiece was like stepping through a portal into a Technicolor reality where the streets are paved with metaphor and the air is fragrant with dreams. García Márquez, who died Thursday at 87, was my introduction t... 57848693@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:13:01 MDT Carlson: Hillary, the 462-year-old candidate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57848560-82/hillary-age-grandmother-male.html.csp WASHINGTON — There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly “over the hill.” Ageism mixed with sexism is a toxic brew, but somehow tolerated. It’s a joke, but not a funny one, that women age in dog years, which means that no male candidate will ever be as old as Hillary is now at 462. The issue of age has come up with male candidates (and most are men). In 2008, a Gallup poll found that 23 percent of Americans believed that John McCain’s age —... WASHINGTON — There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly “over the hill.” Ageism mixed with sexism is a toxic brew, but somehow tolerated. It’s a joke, but not a funny one, that women age in dog years, which means that no male candidate will ever be as old as Hillary is now at 462. The issue of age has come up with male candidates (and most are men). In 2008, a Gallup poll found that 23 percent of Americans believed that John McCain’s age —... 57848560@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:53:02 MDT