How the Supreme Court just rocked the internet

By Jeff Yang
Justices' decision on internet sales tax could help brick and mortar businesses, but cost consumers more, put a significant chill on the peer-to-peer e-commerce economy--and raises an endless series of complicated tax questions, writes Jeff Yang.
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino, second from left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, stand for the anthem prior to the the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

World Cup won't give Putin global power

By Andrés Martinez
Russia's World Cup is off to a mesmerizing start on the field -- in the first round of competition, the Russian team itself has exceeded its low expectations. Things have been a little rocky off the pitch -- Burger King Russia has just been forced to apologize for running an ad offering Russian women the chance to win a cash prize and Whoppers for life if they got impregnated by a World Cup star, not long after a senior Russian lawmaker exhorted Russian women to only sleep with Russian men during the World Cup "to give birth to our own" -- but overall, smoother perhaps than expected.
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First lady Melania Trump walks to her vehicle as she arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Melania, that jacket!

By Carol Costello, Anchor
Melania Trump showed compassion toward children separated from their parents until she wore a jacket that said "I really don't care. Do U?" writes Carol Costello
An image of a young girl and her mother.  The girl is one of the children in the audio recording of children separated from their familis, according to ProPublica.

Ariel Dorfman: I was not in a cage, but was scarred for life

By Ariel Dorfman
Many questions swirl around Donald Trump's executive order that supposedly reverses his policy of breaking up families at the border, but one thing is certain amid so much confusion, hypocrisy and ineptitude: permanent damage has already been done, and more is to come. Damage to the children and their parents, and damage to the United States and what it stands for.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attend a joint press conference following their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on February 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHIPENKOV / AFP / POOL / MAXIM SHIPENKOV        (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Fighting for democracy is hard work

By Frida Ghitis
When a democratic country elects a politician with suspicious tendencies, defenders of democracy cannot sit back and wait for the next election, writes Frida Ghitis
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In Trump's heart, no room for a crying child

By Michael D'Antonio
In the end it took innocent children -- or, as Time magazine depicts it, a single little girl -- to reveal the true Donald Trump to those who have resisted recognizing him. In the magazine's cover illustration, this tiny toddler stands in her pink sneakers, her sobbing face turned upward. Looking down, from his impassive height, Trump gazes as if at an insect or inanimate object. This is a man who can use the word "infest" as he regards fellow human beings.
Orange County Jail holding cells. Inmates await transfer to ICE custody in the early morning.

NFL players: Why so many Americans need a clean slate

By Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith
We met Ronald Lewis in September 2017 and heard his desire to be a great dad and role model for his children. After being introduced to him by Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, he explained everything he had gone through. More than a decade ago, he was arrested when he warned his brother, who was selling drugs, that the cops were coming. Less than a month later, he was caught when he foolishly tried to shoplift.
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MISSION, TX - JUNE 12:  A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. U.S. border authorities are executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Why separating kids from parents is a form of torture

By Daniel P. Keating
The Trump administration's family separation policy, which separated asylum-seeking parents from their children at the US border, may have just been stopped with the President's executive order, but it doesn't erase the psychological impact and biological damage that these migrants have already endured. If the new approach fails to pass legal scrutiny, a real possibility, such separations could resume.
SCRANTON, PA - JUNE 15: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration and law enforcement actions on at Lackawanna College June 15, 2018 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The audience was an invited a group of federal, state and local law enforcement as well as local police academy cadets. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

This is a pivotal moment in American Protestantism

By Diana Butler Bass
The Methodist Church, from which 600 clergy are now calling for layperson Jeff Sessions to be sanctioned over his stance on immigration, can hardly afford further schism right now, writes Diana Butler Bass


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