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Published 8: 00 a.m. ET Dec. 13, 2019
The White House: From interference in the 2020 election to travelling with pets to Pete Buttigieg’s electoral challenges, here are some of our top columns of the week.
In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.
The White House: 1. USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Impeach President Trump
By The Editorial Board
“Our support for Trump’s impeachment by the House — we’ll wait for the Senate trial to render a verdict on removal from office — has nothing to do with policy differences. We have had profound disagreements with the president on a host of issues, led by his reckless deficits and inattention to climate change. … Policy differences are not, however, grounds for impeachment. Constitutional violations are.”
The White House: 2. Our dog Penny is family — not cargo. Animals die when airlines treat them like objects.
By Ryan Huling
“Suitcases are inanimate objects. They can be roughly handled and dragged on broken wheels through all weather extremes, while experiencing no emotion or distress. I’ve never met a person who views a suitcase as part of her family. But the vast majority of Americans — 95% according to a 2015 Harris poll — do consider their dogs, cats and other animal companions to be family members. So why do airlines still transport animals like luggage?”
The White House: 3. An election is no solution when Trump, Russia and Republicans are determined to steal it
By Jason Sattler
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would ‘proceed with articles of impeachment’ because ‘in America, no one is above the law.’ But we’ve seen with this president that when your party is willing to be your accomplice, an election can put you above the law. That’s why an election is no solution for a party determined to make sure it can be stolen.”
The White House: 4. Pete Buttigieg’s real ‘black problem’: He has been convicted of white privilege
By Michael J. Stern
“Tearing at people like Buttigieg and dismissing their achievements as a result of white privilege is counterproductive. It is not necessary to feel guilty about being white to acknowledge the broad disparity between black and white America and fight against it. Our default should not be the belief that only people who look like us are willing to fight for equality.”
The White House: 5. My son died from rationing insulin. Democrats’ drug pricing plan still wouldn’t help him.
By Nicole Smith-Holt
“My son Alec had just turned 26 when he died from rationing insulin in 2017. After his birthday, he was no longer eligible to be covered by my health insurance. The pharmacist told him he would have to pay $1,300 for his supplies. Within a month, I got a call that no parent wants to get.”
The White House: 6. Why care about the Trump impeachment? Your right to vote in free elections is at stake.
By Laurence H. Tribe
“Literally all our freedoms — our safety from the dangers of living in a dictatorship, under the thumb of leaders who can silence or imprison us at will, ultimately depend on our right to select those who govern in our name and regulate our lives, from the president on down — and that comes down to the right to vote. Will this right remain intact? Or will it be exposed to lawless, often clandestine, manipulation by foreign governments?”
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