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Op-Ed Budget for Friday, November 29, 2019

Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET (0930 UTC)

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^Commentary: Be thankful America is not fighting 'endless wars'<

^WARS-HERITAGE-COMMENTARY:MCT—<"Thank you for your service." Our troops hear that often from their fellow Americans, and not just during the holiday season. Well, our gratitude can go even deeper. We can also be thankful that they are not fighting "endless wars."

Calls for "no more endless wars" may be catchy, but they're a bumper-stick excuse for a serious foreign policy. Sure, there are many intractable conflicts around the world. But that's not what defines America's military deployments. And if the president's critics could look at the facts on the ground, free from political bias, they would see that his administration has done an excellent job aligning America's global footprint with U.S. national interests.

600 by James Jay Carafano. MOVED


^Commentary: Buttigieg's ongoing racial missteps<

^BUTTIGIEG-RACE-COMMENTARY:LA—<When Pete Buttigieg burst onto the political scene, I fell in love.

During his first appearance on "The Breakfast Club," he sounded right at home chatting with host Charlamagne tha God. Buttigieg told the multimedia show's black listeners, "Let's honor teachers like soldiers and pay them like doctors." Months later, when Buttigieg answered a reporter's question in Norwegian, it practically closed the sale. As a voter who studied abroad and is white-collar, bilingual and gay, just like Buttigieg, how could I not warm to the man? Our life stories had so much in common.

Now, however, my attraction to Buttigieg reminds me of "The Snowman," a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

1000 by Rich Benjamin. MOVED


^Commentary: Two years later, highly-touted Foxconn subsidies look more dubious than ever<

^FOXCONN-SUBSIDIES-COMMENTARY-CORRECTION:MCT—<Two years ago, the Foxconn Corporation signed a controversial contract to build an LCD manufacturing facility in rural southeastern Wisconsin in exchange for up to $3.6 billion in state subsidies. President Donald Trump announced the deal at the White House, exuberantly sharing a photo-op with then-Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn's CEO. Foxconn and its subsidizers touted studies alleging $39 billion to $78 billion would flow into the state's economy over the next 15 years. But these studies focused only on the benefits and ignored the costs.

Now, more-realistic calculations suggest that the deal could reduce Wisconsin's long-run economic growth.

750 by Michael Farren and Matthew Mitchell. MOVED


^Commentary: Maintain public lands, for the sake of freedom<

^PUBLICLANDS-COMMENTARY:LA—<In 1217, two years after England's King John signed the Magna Carta, King Henry III agreed to a companion document, the Charter of the Forest. Royalty, nobles and the clergy were at odds over claims to land that had once been shared by all. The charter intervened, codifying the concept of public lands — the commons — as foundational for "free men." Among the rights spelled out was access for all, not just the 13th century's 1%, to the kingdom's forests, to gather wood for fuel, graze livestock, forage plants and more.

For those who scraped together a living off the land in medieval England, the recognition of the commons was a matter of survival. Eight hundred years later in America, as we fight our own battles over shared natural resources, validating the commons remains a matter of freedom and survival for the many, against the privileges of the few.

1000 by Antonia Malchik. MOVED


^Commentary: Horse racing's other moral jam<

^HORSERACING-COMMENTARY:LA—<Politics and sports don't mix well. Just ask Colin Kaepernick. But sometimes politics intrudes on athletic competition in a way that can't be ignored. Thoroughbred racing, already grappling with a terrible track record of horse deaths, is enveloped in yet another political and moral catastrophe that few in the business acknowledge.

For more than two decades, horse racing has been influenced heavily by the Arab dynasties of the Persian Gulf, notably Dubai, a city-state in the United Arab Emirates. Through their rich races in March, including the $10 million Dubai World Cup, and their enormous investment in purchasing horses in the United States and Europe, the Emiratis have a vivid presence in the sport. This extraordinary immersion is led by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

600 by John Tirman. MOVED


^Commentary: America's tiger craze<

^TIGERS-PETA-COMMENTARY:MCT—<Even if you don't pay much attention to wildlife issues, most people are aware that tigers are critically endangered. As detailed in a new National Geographic expos , there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild — worldwide. Roadside zoos operating as breeding mills play a huge role in creating a very real overpopulation crisis for captive tigers in America.

500 by Jennifer O'Connor. MOVED



^Trudy Rubin: In Washington and in Hong Kong, the fight to preserve democratic values<

^RUBIN-COLUMN:PH—<Whatever their future, the determination of Hong Kong's citizens to fight for rule of law should inspire Americans to defend their own rule of law against White House challenges.

850 by Trudy Rubin. MOVED


^Christine M. Flowers: Trump was right to stand up for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher<

^FLOWERS-COLUMN:PD—<Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher is a highly decorated combat veteran, who made the mistake of posing for a photograph with a dead ISIS combatant.

It was a breach of etiquette, to be sure. And it was not good optics for a Navy SEAL to have done such a thing.

But it is a minor charge, the only thing a military tribunal was able to convict him of amidst a complicated trial that was marred by accusations of prosecutorial misconduct and a witness who changed his story on the stand. Despite the relatively minor charge, some in the Navy wanted to remove Gallagher from the SEALs, stripping him of his Trident pin, a serious consequence.

650 by Christine M. Flowers. MOVED


^Noah Feldman: Trump, the Navy SEAL and the Trident Pin<

^FELDMAN-COLUMN:BLO—<The confusing saga of Donald Trump's intervention in the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher seems to be over at last. Gallagher's demotion has been reversed — a demotion that resulted from his posing with the corpse of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq — and he will get to keep his trident, the pin that signifies SEAL membership and that Navy officials wanted to take away. The main political casualty is the secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, who was fired by the secretary of defense after (it would seem) trying to get Trump to stay out of the issue on behalf of the admirals.

The whole fight between Trump and his admirals looked remarkably opaque from the outside. That's because underneath, important and conflicting principles were at stake.

1000 by Noah Feldman. MOVED


^Doyle McManus: Trump's war on the rule of law<

^MCMANUS-COLUMN:LA—<Trump is often criticized for breaking "norms," a word that makes it sound like he used the wrong fork at a state dinner.

But his abuse of the pardon power, his sweeping assertions of immunity and his demands that the Justice Department bend to his will suggest what can happen if enough norms are broken over and over.

850 by Doyle McManus in Washington. MOVED



^Leonard Pitts Jr.: Here's how to combat the evil being done in our names<

^PITTS-COLUMN-ADV01:MI—<Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays.

We know because Perry Como reminds us incessantly every year about this time. And because the airports become madhouses and the highways parking lots, so many of us trying to find their way back to that place where you are safe and known, that place where they'll always take you in, home.

Here in the season of festivity and light, it's probably natural that we don't think much about how it feels to be a child in a chain link cage, a woman sleeping on concrete, a man denied soap, toothpaste and medicine. In the season of home for the holidays, who wants to be reminded of those who have no home to go to?

800 by Leonard Pitts Jr.. MOVED

^Jonah Goldberg: 'Deep state' contagion has spread beyond impeachment<

^GOLDBERG-COLUMN:MCT—<The deep state is the right's new bogeyman.

I'd wager that until fairly recently, few people had ever heard the phrase. I'd also bet that roughly 99 percent of those who fling the term around have no idea that it's borrowed from Turkish politics.

850 by Jonah Goldberg. MOVED



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^Editorial: Hong Kong voters showed China the meaning of democracy. Will Donald Trump do the same?<

^HONGKONG-EDITORIAL:TB—<After six months of protests, Hong Kong this week delivered a strong rebuke to China over its attempts to broaden control over the semi-autonomous territory. Pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly won local council elections, sweeping 347 of 452 seats.

Democracy in action, no doubt about it — the kind that likely has Chinese President Xi Jinping seething, the kind that President Donald Trump should celebrate.

Yet Trump has hemmed and hawed on the question of Hong Kong.

450 by The Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: Speaker Pelosi, Midwest factory workers and farmers have lost patience. Replace NAFTA with USMCA<

^USMCA-EDITORIAL:TB—<When President Donald Trump signed a new agreement to replace NAFTA, a lot of people who depend on borderless commerce — many of them Midwest exporters of manufactured and agricultural goods — breathed a sigh of relief. After 15 months of arduous negotiations, the specter of harmful trade barriers rising on our northern and southern borders was finally gone.

So we thought. But a year later, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has yet to come into effect. That's mainly because the U.S. Congress has yet to approve it.

700 by The Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: California needs zero-emission trucks and it needs them now<

^ENV-CALIF-TRUCKS-EDITORIAL:LA—<There's a reason California is the largest zero-emission vehicle market in the country. If automakers want to sell cars in the state, then a certain percentage of their vehicles must be electric models.

The zero-emission vehicle mandate has pushed manufacturers to produce innovative clean cars. As a result, there are now some 40 electric models to choose from, with more on their way. Half of all pure electric vehicles are sold in California. But perhaps as important, 10 other states have adopted California's regulation — meaning the Golden State's decision to demand zero-emission vehicles is helping clean the air and give consumers clean-car choices across the country.

Now, California is looking to do the same with commercial trucks.

750 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: Why did sheriff attack the local newspaper? Because he fears the truth<

^SHERIFF-NEWSPAPER-EDITORIAL:SA—<Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones took to Facebook last week to blast this newspaper over what he considers unfair coverage of his misdeeds and failures.

The lame-duck politician, who lost a Congressional bid in 2016 and says he won't run for reelection, accused The Sacramento Bee of pursuing "sensationalist agenda-driven journalism." Jones lamented the need for "printed media that is fair, insightful and fact-driven."

Hmm. Here's a sampling of the fairness, insight and fact we've served up in service to The Bee's readers over the last few years:

800 by The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. MOVED




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