The Biden administration’s decision to provide hundreds of millions dollars in aid to the Palestinian people is doubly welcome. It offers relief to a population plagued by poverty and lack of opportunity, and it heralds a reversal of the Trump administration’s unbalanced approach to the Isra…

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address is most famous for its warning against the “unwarranted influence” of the military-industrial complex. But Eisenhower also stressed the defense industry’s importance to the country’s security: After all, it helped the U.S. maintain superiorit…

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, America has so many challenges and so many needs. Faced with a damaged economy, political polarization and communities in need of federal support, it is hard to know where to start.

There is a natural human instinct to declare victory before it is actually achieved. From the Chicago Tribune’s infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline to wide receiver DeSean Jackson spiking the football before he reached the end zone that cost the Philadelphia Eagles a touchdown some year…

If police want to enter your home as part of a criminal investigation, they generally must obtain a search warrant. But on March 24 the Supreme Court was asked to make an exception to that requirement – in some situations in which an officer is acting as a “community caretaker” checking to s…

Citizens in a democracy should know what their government is doing, but politicians, bureaucrats and judges too often decide otherwise. That’s why federal and state laws guaranteeing public access to government meetings and documents are so important.

It’s that time of year again when Americans reset their clocks one hour ahead, grumble about losing an hour of sleep – and wonder why on Earth we keep observing the outdated tradition of tinkering with time twice a year.

West Virginia’s Joe Manchin set some hearts aflutter over the weekend when he went on the TV talk shows to say he’s open to reforming the Senate filibuster by at least making it more difficult to conduct one. One presumes he has in mind the climactic scene in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” w…

When Joe Biden was running for president, he was asked if – unlike then-President Donald Trump – he would punish senior Saudi leaders for the 2018 murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices – the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

The details of what went wrong in Texas last week – most likely the biggest forced blackout in U.S. history – will take time to establish. So will exactly what to do about it. But this emergency already underlines something that should’ve been obvious before. As the growing threat of extreme…

In December, President-elect Joe Biden announced his policy on opening schools. “My team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be open by the end of my first 100 days,” he said, while promising to provide the funds needed to make them safe.

For Americans who caught Day 1 of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump – a Tuesday afternoon devoted primarily to the fairly dry topic of constitutional standing – the result was shockingly one-sided. Not the outcome, of course (and more about that in a moment) but the argument. Not …

Once again our state legislators are endorsing laws that cater to corporations while ignoring the public’s best interest. It’s nothing new, but this time it could cause permanent damage.

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden targeted a threat to national security that already festers here at home: a “rise of political extremism, white supremacy,” and “domestic terrorism that we must confront” and “defeat.”

Some readers took issue with our opinion editorial coverage during Donald Trump’s presidency, crying fake news or making claims that we were being too critical of his words, actions and behavior.

The bad news about COVID-19 seems never to let up, as the death count in the U.S. pushes toward 500,000 and the number of infections reaches 25 million. Behind those awful numbers, though, there are signs of significant progress.

On a first day crowded with possibilities, President Joe Biden took time Wednesday to send Congress a sweeping immigration proposal that could bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, giving them a path to citizenship in a country that has accepted their labor but long w…

Joe Biden began his presidency Wednesday with an inaugural address that hit all the right notes. Pledging to heal a nation more deeply divided than at any point since the Vietnam War – if not the Civil War – he reaffirmed his campaign promises to be a leader for all Americans.

In voting Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump – for a second time – the House responded in the only responsible way it could to Trump’s outrageous encouragement of the domestic terrorists who invaded the Capitol last week.

Make no mistake: The surreal scene at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday that temporarily shut down the Electoral College vote count and led to at least one death was directly brought on by Donald Trump. He’s responsible for every critically injured person, every terrorized police officer and every …

Servility is an occupational hazard for any vice president, but Mike Pence has been especially obsequious in service to President Donald Trump. But will Pence’s sycophancy stretch to joining in Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the election they lost to President-elect Joe Biden and …

We have not heard much from the 44th president of the United States during the last four years. Now he has reappeared.

To paraphrase our first Republican president, our current one has practiced the pardon power with malice toward most and charity for few. His yuletide sack of pardons and commutations might leave the impression of a jailbreak of unprecedented proportions, but President Trump has in fact offe…

A new and potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Britain and elsewhere. With the Trump administration continuing to do little to address the pandemic, state and local leaders have, again, been left to deal with this problem on their own.

With more than 100,000 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, cases still rising in most states, and health care workers overwhelmed, the U.S. is once again facing a crisis. In the weeks ahead, before vaccines can be widely distributed, health officials must manage their resources – medic…

Almost two years ago, Attorney General William Barr came to office with long experience, a reputation for competence and an expansive view of presidential power. In the age of Donald Trump, that was a dangerous combination. As Barr leaves office this month, it’s increasingly clear how much d…

It’s time to get serious. Miami County is now on of the many counties in Indiana experiencing a red-level health emergency. If we do not come together as neighbors, everyone’s livelihoods will be at risk.

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan, who seems to have found a second career in national political punditry if not office-seeking, offered a useful message for members of Congress this week including his fellow Republicans: Pass the compromise coronavirus economic relief package. “Every day I hear f…

In January, Joe Biden will take charge of an executive branch left in woeful disrepair. Practically every important federal institution has been scorched by four years of sustained assault by his predecessor – none more so than the State Department.

Every election season, pundits and politicians watch with keen focus the people of Middle America to gauge the heart’s desire of the Heartland. The influence of flyover America matters for those moments in time.

In the three months since President Donald Trump made Dr. Scott Atlas – a radiologist, not an epidemiologist or specialist in infectious diseases – his favorite source of ideas on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has been racked with a record-setting third surge …

President-elect Joe Biden has made plenty of promises related to climate change and the environment. He has vowed to rescind or reverse some of the Trump administration’s moves to weaken regulations, which Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has numbered at 159. The pre…

This country is closing in on two weeks since outgoing President Donald Trump was defeated at the polls. President-elect Joe Biden has only widened his lead since then, amassing 5 million more votes than the incumbent. He has far surpassed Trump in electoral votes with 290 at this writing an…

Given what we know about Donald Trump, it’s futile to urge him to accept defeat gracefully and put the welfare of the country above the gratification of his bruised ego. Nor would there be much point in calling on an incorrigibly dishonest president to stop serving up conspiracy theories abo…

For months, local election officials, Republicans and Democrats, have been warning Harrisburg lawmakers of the burdens of state law – such as the inability to pre-canvass ballots ahead of Nov. 3 – all while Donald Trump made false and outrageous claims about the legitimacy of any results tha…

Last week even the stock market paused to wonder whether the immediate outlook for Covid-19, and hence for the economy, gives cause for concern. Cases are spiking in much of the U.S. and Europe, hospitalizations are rising, and with a lag of several weeks so are deaths. Authorities are reint…

Though vague on solutions, federal antitrust lawyers are clear about one thing: Google is too big a monopoly to ignore any longer. The tech colossus is so dominant in so many ways that it needs heavy duty regulation to protect consumers.

The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between experimental nodes at UCLA and Stanford. And in some industries, it remains a great equalizer – giving upstart creators and service providers the sort…

President Donald Trump keeps on saying he’ll protect people with pre-existing health conditions even if he succeeds in killing the Affordable Care Act – and, oddly enough, quite a few people appear to believe him. Yet he has no plan for an alternative to the ACA, and he hasn’t said how he me…

The news that President Donald Trump has contracted the coronavirus has made a very strange year even stranger, and a stressed and battered political system has suffered a new blow. With a bit of prudence and foresight, however, the country can cope.

The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is, on the face of it, a good and beneficial development. The Trump administration deserves credit for brokering it. It has long been an anomaly in Middle Eastern affairs that Arab nation…

In Chad Wolf, President Donald Trump seems finally to have found someone he deems worthy to run the sprawling bureaucracy known as the Department of Homeland Security after months as acting head. He’s the fifth person during this administration to hold the job.

The controversial appointment of a new presidential medical adviser has put a national spotlight on a radical disease management concept to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.