Editorials

As tax experts analyze congressional tax-cut bills in depth — something Republican tax-cutters haven’t bothered to do — they are discovering glitches and loopholes that will make them costlier than anticipated and may punish some of the very people they were intended to reward. “The more you...
The stars are falling, one after another, as celebrities who have long lived in bubbles of entitlement are accused of using their power and fame to prey on others for sexual kicks, with some losing their lucrative positions as a result. It’s hard to tell exactly why all this is happening now,...
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential change in federal marijuana policy, saying at a press conference that the Department of Justice was working “very hard right now” to develop “a rational policy” toward marijuana. Currently, marijuana remains illegal under the federal...
Russia’s effort to rig the 2014 Winter Olympics — a scheme for which the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned it from the 2018 Winter Games — bears a striking resemblance to its effort to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Both were orchestrated by Russian intelligence...
Big tobacco is spending millions of dollars to inform Americans of the truth about their products — truth that those same companies spent decades denying and trying to litigate to death. News media companies spent millions defending themselves against Big Tobacco in court simply for having...
Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone’s license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that. Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016...
This week the U.S. Supreme Court hears what will most likely be a landmark case concerning freedom. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. the Colorado Human Rights Commission pits Denver-area baker Jack Phillips against the supposed guardians of human rights in Colorado. At issue is Phillips’ refusal in...
If you’re a victim of sexual harassment and you work for Congress, you can’t complain to the human resources department. You can’t file a lawsuit, either — at least not until you’ve gone through months of mandatory counseling and mediation designed to keep such complaints out of court. And out...
You can mess with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Oil. But don’t dare mess with Big Sugar. Those guys play hardball. Around the globe, nothing sells like soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar and have been linked to rising obesity and diabetes rates. The political battlefield is littered...
An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House tax bill, approved Nov. 16, merits skepticism regardless of which party you support. Tom Barthold, the nonpartisan chief...

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