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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a mess, a grammatically challenged pair of clauses that allows two or more readers to insist that it says two starkly different things, both of which are of life-or-death importance and each of which can be only partially defended.

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The killing of 13 U.S. service members, mostly Marines, and dozens of civilians in suicide attacks outside the Kabul airport Thursday is an outrageous act of terrorism — in this case, at the hands of ISIS-K, an Islamic State affiliate that is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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If the Food and Drug Administration continues on its current path, a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 probably won’t be available until early 2022 — an eternity in this pandemic. Unless younger children are vaccinated, more school outbreaks will occur.

Los Angeles litterateur David Kipen has been pushing one possible solution to the dearth of journalism: a new Federal Writers’ Project, the Depression program that gave work to writers, historians, librarians and others whose skills fell outside New Deal public works projects.

With its National Broadband Plan in 2010, the Federal Communications Commission declared that every American should have access to broadband service by 2020. Eleven years later, 42 million Americans have no broadband available. That has to change.

When Joe Biden was running for president, he was asked if he would punish Saudi leaders for the 2018 murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden answered “Yes,” yet now, the Biden administration is declining to impose sanctions. That’s a disgrace and a disappointment.

Among the questions suddenly brought to the fore by Joe Biden’s victory is this constitutional brainteaser: Can President Donald Trump pardon himself? The short answer is probably not. But before I explain that, we need to contend with a number of preliminary issues.

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