Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed ceasefire extension

Herat, Afghanistan • After two days of rising hopes across the country, Taliban leaders Sunday brusquely rejected the government’s proposal to extend a three-day ceasefire and said they were ordering all insurgent fighters to resume operations against “the foreign invaders and their internal supporters.” The insurgents’ terse announcement came as thousands of Taliban fighters continued… Continue reading Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed ceasefire extension

Jazz finish up ‘efficient’ workout season ‘with a bang’ as strong group impresses

The Utah Jazz had to put off Father’s Day for a few hours on Sunday morning. There was work to be done. Fortunately for those who had to come to the team’s 11th and final predraft workout, it was worth it. A group featuring six players who have high chances of getting drafted, including as… Continue reading Jazz finish up ‘efficient’ workout season ‘with a bang’ as strong group impresses

Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

McAllen, Texas • Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an… Continue reading Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

Letter: Hatch’s first retirement drink is on me

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s newly revealed acceptance of the LGBT community should be welcomed by all in our state and nation. As a soon-to-be regular member of the common community, unshackled from the pressure of political policy, we should all hope he uses his influence in the future for those whom society and history have treated… Continue reading Letter: Hatch’s first retirement drink is on me

Letter: Trump immigration policy should be unimaginable

The Trump administration policy of separating parents and children who have crossed the border between the United States and Mexico between ports of entry, including those who have come seeking asylum, should be considered cruel and unusual punishment and prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The administration’s justification for the policy is as a deterrent. I… Continue reading Letter: Trump immigration policy should be unimaginable

Leonid Bershidsky: There’s a better answer than electric cars

Erich Sixt, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pullach, Germany-based global car rental company that bears his family’s name, recently described electric cars as a “costly political error” given their still inferior range, long charging times and the huge investment necessary to expand the charging infrastructure. It may have been a self-serving statement (renters… Continue reading Leonid Bershidsky: There’s a better answer than electric cars

Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy

Washington • “The economy,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, “is doing very well.” And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960′s. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for homes is strong. Household wealth is up. Yet… Continue reading Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy