Editorials

For decades, many liberals have dreamed of a universal health insurance system in which the federal government provides coverage to everyone and pays the cost. Known as “single-payer,” it’s modeled on programs in Canada and Britain, among others, as well as Medicare. Now Bernie Sanders is making...
Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Charleston, S.C., was the best so far. The spirited exchanges showed voters the differences among the seven candidates onstage, while highlighting all the Republicans’ differences with the Democratic candidates. With several candidates having dropped...
For decades, Florida’s leaders have clung to an error-prone and legally suspect process to determine the state’s most brutal sanction. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday, invalidating a key element of Florida’s death penalty machine, should spark a meaningful debate about the state’s...
Because it seems she’s been a little hot under the collar lately when the topic of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy for the Democratic nomination arises.  In recent days, Clinton’s aura of inevitability — and not just to be the Democratic nominee, but also as the next occupant of the...
Many Americans agree with President Obama that we should do something about gun violence. But when he gets down to specifics — such as the executive actions he announced last week — the country fragments, political paralysis ensues and the death toll keeps rising. We must respect the...
President Barack Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union address sounded a note of optimism and set the stage for what he promised would be a national campaign to bring Americans together, and which he hopes will define his place in the history books. We agree with his call for Congress to...
On Dec. 30, the Obama administration notified Congress that it was about to slap new economic sanctions against Iran for conducting ballistic missile tests that violated a United Nations ban. The Treasury Department announcement, set for 10:30 a.m., was abruptly delayed. And delayed again. By...
Ronald Harold Seaton — sentenced to California’s death row in 1989 for murder — drew his last breath this past September. It was not because the 69-year-old inmate at San Quentin State Prison died of a court-approved lethal injection. Rather, he succumbed to natural causes. Indeed, Seaton was...
For the second year in a row, government was the largest problem facing the nation, according to Gallup polls. Based on Gallup’s monthly polls of the most important issues facing the U.S., an average of 16 percent identified government as the top problem, followed by the economy with 13 percent...
A table at DrugWarFacts.org rates the addictive qualities of drugs. The criteria are the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the drug’s reinforcement or “hold” on users and its tolerance, dependence and intoxication properties. Heroin, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, by that metric, are considered...

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