From Trump impeachment to Boy Scout sex abuse to an alternative abortion policy, here are some of our top columns this 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.
By Kurt Bardella
“If there’s one thing we know about President Donald Trump, it’s that he is an unapologetic egomaniac who is obsessed with public opinion. … Trump’s narcissism, however, reveals a fragility that congressional Democrats would be wise to exploit as they continue to debate whether or not they should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president. … There is no punishment more fitting for Donald Trump than one that stains his name for the rest of history. One that will be affixed to his legacy long after he leaves office and long after he leaves this life: a condemnation and a recorded vote from the House of Representatives, the ‘People’s House,’ impeaching Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
By James Kretschmer
“The summer I was 12, I finally got the chance to go to a weeklong Boy Scout camp. At one point, the scoutmaster presented a compass challenge game. Written on a piece of paper for each of us was a series of very specific instructions we needed to follow in order to find our treasure. I wanted to be the best Scout in the troop, so it was important to me that I finish the challenge first. I studied the instructions and followed my compass to perfection. It led me to my scoutmaster’s tent. He smiled and nodded when he saw me arrive first: There I was — the winner, his winner — the best Boy Scout around. Winning that game unfortunately changed my life forever.”
By Kathie Obradovich
“In a stunning confirmation of his complete lack of integrity, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given the green light to election-year consideration of a Supreme Court nominee, should a vacancy occur in 2020. … Some of you may recall that in 2016, McConnell and his accomplice, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, concocted the so-called Biden rule as an excuse to avoid considering President Barack Obama’s last nominee to the high court. … We are headed toward a day when no president can get any nominee, judicial or otherwise, through a Senate controlled by the opposite party.”
By Philip Hayden
“Scot Peterson, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resources officer who avoided engaging the shooter who killed 17 people, is now facing the blowback from this public outrage and incomprehension. He has been mocked as the ‘coward of Broward (County)’ and was recently charged with child neglect and culpable negligence. … Yes, it can be maddening to watch surveillance video of an armed officer standing, inert, outside of a building where teenagers are being killed. But the fact is that public expectations of law enforcement are out of line with reality. … His actions weren’t necessarily those of a coward. More likely, he was just someone who froze because he wasn’t mentally ready for this type of situation. In other words, he was like nearly everybody else.”
By Jason Sattler
“When it comes to the issues that matter most to the religious right, we already have President Pence. … Nowhere has President Pence been more effective than in how he has remade the Department of Health and Human Services in his image. Appointees continually favor right-wing faith and the ability to discriminate over science and measures that actually reduce abortion, such as birth control. … Sixty years of progress are evaporating while fat tax cuts for the rich and their corporations rack up deficits that Republicans will suddenly care about the moment they lose power. And the sitting vice president gets to hide in the eye of Trump’s never-ending tempest of abuse, whining and race baiting, without having to getting too much mud on his hands.”
By David Mastio
“When it comes to becoming a father, men have always had choice — we’ve just had to make the choice before we have sex. … It isn’t the end of the world that millions of women are finding themselves in the same boat. After a while, you learn to be careful and responsible while recognizing that each time you have sex, the result might be a baby you have to take care of. … So it is infuriating that Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio are not including exceptions for rape and incest in their restrictive new abortion laws. It is one thing for a woman to decide to have sex and then later discard the obvious consequence as if a unique human life had no value. It is quite another to be forced into sex and then have an abortion to protect yourself from the life that comes as a result of someone else’s violence.”
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