Surprise reshuffle: Trump names new chief of staff

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Washington In the midst of one of the most daunting crises of his administration, President Donald Trump announced he had made a major staff overhaul, replacing his Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina. While much of the country was

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Tech overuse: Is it time to unplug?

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As technology becomes ever more entrenched in our lives, even some of its most ardent proponents are suggesting we step away from time to time.  Tech-free retreats have become common among Silicon Valley’s elite. And beginning at sunset on March 6, thousands

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Super Tuesday: Which candidate does Russia want to win?

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Does Russia have a preferred candidate in the 2020 U.S. election? There’s not yet enough hard evidence to know for sure, though on Monday U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that foreign influence campaigns continue to spread “false information and propaganda.” Any preference is likely to be

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Listen up: Audiobooks to lose yourself in

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Our picks for audiobooks include titles that invite contemplation, entertain with humor, excite with fast-paced action, and let you visit again with a favorite character.   “In the Country of Women” by Susan StraightRead by Donna Postel; HighBridge Audio; 10 hours and 49 minutes

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How coronavirus offers stress test of Trump’s management

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The coronavirus could become an unexpected stress test of President Donald Trump’s churning approach to executive management. Early Tuesday President Trump tweeted, “The coronavirus is very much under control in the U.S.A.” Later in the day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said

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Beyond Weinstein conviction, how #MeToo changed America

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The conviction of Harvey Weinstein on two counts of felony sex crimes on Monday marks a shift in the way U.S. society has responded to women’s stories of harassment and sexual assault.  The two-year saga of Mr. Weinstein’s downfall has ushered in a new era of public accountability. One of

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Readers write: A Vietnam combat veteran’s perspective

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A Vietnam combat veteran speaks The cover story “Healing the moral injury of war” by Martin Kuz in the Dec. 2, 2019, Monitor Weekly was a difficult one to deal with for me as a Vietnam combat veteran.  The “Why we wrote this” insert defined the term “moral injury” as distinct from

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What Trump pardons show about his idea of presidency

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In providing legal relief to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and 10 other persons convicted of federal crimes, President Donald Trump on Tuesday lit off a national conversation on the nature of his use of the powerful pardon tool – and what it might reveal about his conception of the

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