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Opinion: Journalism holds power accountable

In 2018, as it was in 1971, our job is to find the courage to report the truth. It’s up to the people to find the courage to hear it.

Opinion: Overlooking why we lost trust in government

Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted book explaining that America’s problems would yield to government’s deft ameliorating touch if Americans would just rekindle their enthusiasm for it.

Opinion: Collusion probe is no witch hunt

A question for Republicans in Congress who have been so quick to trash FBI officials and defend Trump: Does this concern you at all?

Opinion: Mr. President: Please, no Norwegians!!!

Mr. President, if you really want more Norwegians, all you have to do is guarantee free universal health care, decent vacations, environmentally friendly transportation and great schools that teach everyone how to speak, write and read English better than we do. That would, indeed, improve our country.

Opinion: Don’t gloss over facts this session

There are realities that must be dealt with this year in Topeka and for years to come. Just getting back to parity with those commitments and then coping with our looming challenges will require the public to know the facts, stay anchored in reality and demand effective accountable decisions from our leaders.

Opinion: In Trump’s White House, it’s survival of the servile

Things won’t change, of course, until the president really wants it to. This would require only one simple, impossible thing: for Trump to part with the narrative of his own infallibility.

Opinion: Crisis will resume after Olympics

Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea.

Opinion: Not the book we truly needed

“Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff is entertaining. Too bad it’s not always true.

Opinion: How merit-based admissions became so unfair

The challenge is to ameliorate meritocracy’s severity by, among other things, nuanced admissions policies at colleges and universities that seek students whose meager family advantages can be supplemented by the schools.

Opinion: Fighting covert Chinese influence

A little-noticed passage in the Trump administration’s national-security strategy released last month previewed a new push to combat Chinese influence operations that affect American universities, think tanks, movie studios and news organizations.