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In a landmark paper published in 1950, the mathematician Alan Turing proposed the eponymous Turing Test to decide whether a computer can demonstrate human-like intelligence. To pass the test, the computer must fool a human judge into believing it’s a person after a five-minute conversation c…

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One of the biggest obstacles for House Democrats as they try to gather evidence in their impeachment inquiry is the clock. Conversely, the shrinking amount of time before the 2020 elections may be Mick Mulvaney’s best ally — assuming that silence is his best option, which it may not be.

Two months after President Donald Trump declared U.S.-Taliban peace talks “dead,” diplomacy with the Afghan insurgents is reviving. With the administration already having negotiated a framework agreement with the Taliban, the key question now facing Washington is whether simply to dust off t…

In an unlikely turn, socialism has become part of the 2020 presidential campaign. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has reiterated the case for “democratic socialism,” while President Donald Trump has said a vote for any Democrat next year is a vote for “radical socialism.”

“Last year we brought the whole country together to achieve a truly momentous milestone. They said it couldn’t be done.” That was President Donald Trump last month, accepting an award for signing into law criminal-justice reform that allows for the early release of prisoners. Achieving bipar…

The American health care system is plagued by monopolies, oligopolies, corporate waste and profiteering, and rip-offs and fraud. Could the federal government do anything about the problem? Of course. The issue is not identifying the policy solutions, it’s mustering the political will.

Why is the county sending business to other parts of the state? Around this time of year I can't help but notice that our county taxes are sent to an outfit in Portland. Don't we have an accounting firm here locally that can handle it and keep the business in the community? Seems to me the c…

One hundred one years ago, a man who started out as a conscientious objector to World War I became that conflict’s greatest American hero when he and just a few other soldiers captured 132 German prisoners.

Even in our technologically advanced age, most reports of fires are called in by observant folks, often using cellphones. The ubiquity of these devices means an increased ability to detect wildfire more quickly. But a fair portion of California still has poor or no cellular coverage. Utiliti…