Editorials

Once upon a time, being on the Do Not Call list meant that marketers Did Not Call. And when caller ID flashed an 850 area code on your screen, it was going to be someone you knew or a legitimate local business call. There were always scams, of course, and fake charities, but federal regulators...
If newly named White House Chief of Staff John Kelly succeeds in bringing some order to the chaos that has so shaken the Trump administration, we hope he’ll get the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ponder this: the interim report of the president’s commission on opioid abuse. If...
Every day, at pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals across the nation, hundreds of thousands of pills and other medications are discarded and destroyed. Officially, these drugs are “expired” — a word that creates the impression that they no longer have therapeutic value and might be downright...
One of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s main jobs is to ensure that the drugs Americans take are safe and effective. Whether they’re also affordable has always been someone else’s problem. Enter Scott Gottlieb, the new commissioner of the FDA, who wants to reduce drug prices significantly...
The conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus summoned the ghost of former President Richard Nixon last week as members tried, unsuccessfully, to undermine the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO’s crime? Coming up with facts, especially regarding the impact of Republican health care,...
The sanctions game being played by the United States and Russia is unfolding in three dimensions. The first is moral; the second is economic; the third is domestic politics in both nations. Nothing is really as it seems. President Donald Trump, whose election the Russians helped to engineer, is...
Along with the opening of training camp by many National Football League teams last week came an updated study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased former NFL...
By just about any measure, the Transportation Security Administration has been a failure. A recent undercover test provides even further evidence of this, as if any were needed. The TSA was a mess before it was merged, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the superbureaucracy known as the...
Less than two weeks after undergoing brain surgery and a month after appearing dazed and confused during a congressional hearing, John McCain delivered a passionate, patriotic and cogent speech about the challenges facing the U.S. Senate as it considers health care legislation. McCain, a...
Military veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let’s hope they don’t have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs. Pittsburgher Andrew Brennan, an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan, has been promoting the idea of a national memorial in Washington...

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