Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Editorial: Supreme Court pick qualified, but confirmation process should be vigorous
JABIN BOTSFORD   |   Washington Post
President Donald Trump applauds Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family during the Supreme Court nomination ceremony Monday night at the White House.
For the second time in less than 18 months, President Donald Trump has nominated a well-qualified, conservative federal appeals court judge to the U.S. Supreme Court. That does not mean Judge Brett Kavanaugh should get an easy pass through Senate...
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after the two met at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.
Editorial: Trump sides with Putin over America
A rendering depicting the Pier District at night if Janet Echelman\u2019s proposed art piece is installed. [City of St. Petersburg]
Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to the press during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC119
Pam Bondi: The Senate should confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Top Editorials

Editorial: Personal bias taints Florida’s clemency system

Editorial: Personal bias taints Florida’s clemency system

A recent exchange between the governor and Cabinet and a felon seeking to have his civil rights restored underscores the arbitrary unfairness of Florida’s clemency system. A long waiting period, a ridiculous backlog of cases and elected officials who...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Americans are accustomed to celebrating the nation’s birthday by blowing up Chinese fireworks for days — a rite of recklessness that kills seven people a year and sends another 13,000 to hospital emergency rooms. The tragic toll struck close to home ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: Trump’s trade war hurts American consumers

Editorial: Trump’s trade war hurts American consumers

Voters who looked to Donald Trump to make America great might want to look at their wallets. The president escalated his global trade war this week, threatening new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports — everything from seafood, beef and ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

The imaginative Ybor City ballpark proposed by the Tampa Bay Rays fits nicely into the 21st century vision of a sophisticated city and would secure major league baseball’s future for the entire region. It also carries an eye-catching cost that will h...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

The Florida Legislature’s meddling in local issues has created another mess for neighborhoods across the state. No family should have to put up with a short-term rental next door that overwhelms their street with constant visitors, traffic and noise ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Editorials

Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

It’s that time of year again — when people slather on the sunscreen, grab the kids and head to the beach. And it’s when we hear what seems like continuous, 24/7 news items about shark attacks.For some reason, shark attacks have become something of a ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

‘Everybody needed to know what happened’

The brutal murder of Emmett Till, a black Chicago youth, in Mississippi nearly 63 years ago went unpunished, but not forgotten. A decision by his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, to allow an open casket at Emmett’s Chicago funeral represented an act of def...
Published: 07/13/18

Brooks: The quiet death of racial progress

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to write a comforting column. The thesis was going to be that even though Donald Trump is doing his best to inflame racial division, we are still making gradual progress against racism and racial disparities...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom "Why It’s Right To Be Mad About Kava...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

‘I am a mercenary’In the New York Times Magazine, Matthew Shaer writes about "The Fast And Furious Michael Avenatti," saying "in representing the porn star Stormy Daniels, the lawyer thinks he can bring down a president — one cable-news hit at a time...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

In a few short weeks, the Suncoast 2 toll road project has gone from boondoggle to folly.State officials pitched the 13-mile extension of the Suncoast Parkway as a step toward eventually linking the road to Interstate 75 near Ocala via a project dubb...
Published: 07/13/18
Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium dream masks the sticker shock

Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium dream masks the sticker shock

Close your eyes and dream. It is October 2023 or so and the Tampa Bay Rays are up 3-0 in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. The game is being played in the Rays new stadium, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, George Soros, Vinny’s...
Published: 07/13/18
Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

In these warm months, when my daughter was an infant, I’d strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime.One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprin...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Ruth: The good old days in Tallahassee weren’t that good, either

By Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham’s reckoning, there was a time long ago and far away when Tallahassee was a utopia of good governance. And yes, you are free to begin the forehead slapping.The former U.S. House member has been running...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Column: The center is sexier than you think

Enough about the Freedom Caucus. Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America. They’re flamboyant players in our political debate, but they’re extremes: More politicians — and most Americans — occupy the expansive territory in between. That’s wh...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/11/18