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Opinion: ‘Not enough white men in the room’

There were not enough white men in the room. Indeed, there were almost none, if we are to believe an anonymous witness who testified before the Washington, D.C., grand jury that has been handing down indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Donald Trump’s campaign and administration.

Opinion: Dent leaving; Allentown vulnerable to Dems

It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives and six in the state Senate, Republican Charlie Dent, 57, is moving on without knowing his destination.

Opinion: The tactics of a child president

Call it the politics of “I know you are, but what am I?” It is a form of “reasoning” that could not be more puerile, infantile, juvenile. So it very much appeals to Donald Trump.

Opinion: Black deaths still treated as spectacle

I wasn’t going to write this. On this subject, I felt I had already spilled enough outrage onto enough pages to last a lifetime. I needed a break from the emotional carnage.

Opinion: Baseball needs to pick up the pace

From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down.

Opinion: Letter to our so-called president

Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works. You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bottom line is, you were elected.

Opinion: Cities should say ‘no’ to the Olympics

The overwhelming news in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics has been about the rampant dysfunction of the host city, Rio de Janeiro, and for good reason. The stories are gruesome and sensationalistic, filled with the kinds of pulpy details that make a mental imprint deeply difficult to dismiss.

Opinion: Guns’ chilling effect in the classroom

Professors at the University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater, are considering if and how their classes will be different this fall when, beginning Aug. 1, their students will be allowed to carry concealed handguns into campus classrooms.

Opinion: Germany works to integrate migrants

On a trip to the beach, a German friend recently saw two teenage Afghan refugee boys stare in shock at female bathers in scanty bikinis. She overheard one youth agitatedly ask the German volunteer accompanying him: “Where are their fathers? Where are their fathers?”

Opinion: EU needs passionate defense

Shortly before the Brexit vote, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine ran a cover story that urged the Brits: “Please don’t go.” For Germans, long the most loyal supporters of the European Union, it was unthinkable that the British would leave them.