Opinion

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Time to tame the Wild West of cyberspace

The idea that Facebook, one of the world’s most sophisticated organizations, needed this long to discover and disclose evidence of Russia-linked advertisements is mind-boggling. At best, Facebook remained willfully ignorant of its powerful platform’s large-scale usurpation by a hostile foreign power.

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Biden for president 2020? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

In reporting on politics all my adult life, I’ve enjoyed indulging in candidate scenarios, especially thinking unconventionally about what might happen if somebody runs for president. If people I respect dismiss one of my storylines as a dumb idea, it’s usually better to move on.

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Idaho Climate Summit: Solutions to safeguard our economy

We are witnessing more intense wildfires, hurricanes, drought and floods in line with what climate science predicts. Our businesses and communities will increasingly face extreme weather and greater resource constraints and costs. To succeed and thrive, we need to encourage dialogue, devise solutions and share learnings.

Opinion

House GOP’s 2018 take: We will win on the economy

Editor's note: McClatchy asked House Republicans' and Democrats' campaign committees to share their takes on the 2018 midterms, and the chairmen responded. This is Steve Stivers of the National Republican Congressional Committee on what his party will offer to voters next year. For Ben Ray Luján of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, read here.

Opinion

House Dems’ 2018 take: Americans crave change in GOP’s Washington

Editor's note: McClatchy asked House Republicans' and Democrats' campaign committees to share their takes on the 2018 midterms, and the chairmen responded. This is Ben Ray Luján of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on what his party will offer to voters next year. For Steve Stivers of the National Republican Congressional Committee, read here.

Guest Opinions

Federal support is essential in Idaho’s ongoing fight against hunger

When you work or volunteer at The Idaho Foodbank, you get a sense of the struggles that families in our communities face. As the chair of the board of directors for The Idaho Foodbank, I see working families who struggle to earn enough to keep nutritious food on their tables, or are coping with medical debt from an unexpected health crisis, or are at home caring for a sick family member. Current congressional budget proposals threaten to make life even tougher for these folks by putting in jeopardy critical food security programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food and nutrition service.

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A commitment to STEM education can ensure Idaho’s prosperity

Over the past months, I traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an effort to refocus the country’s educational system on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that will define our future. While it may not be surprising that a wealthy and a forward-thinking country such as the UAE would commit itself to a new vision for STEM, even poorer countries like Brazil are seriously rethinking how they prepare their citizens for the 21st century economy. It’s encouraging to see these countries prioritize STEM. But it’s also a reminder that we can and should be doing more in the United States and more specifically, right here in Idaho.

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