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Obstructionist GOP senators are vowing to block President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Voters should watch closely whether Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt treats this nomination with the respect and seriousness it...
On April 1, 2015, in what some people thought was an April Fools’ Day joke, McDonald’s Corp. announced that it was raising wages and improving benefits for workers at its 1,500 company-owned restaurants in the United States. The idea was to reduce employee turnover and improve service. No joke....
It pays to be cautious about the economy — especially with government budgets. Prudence means tax money is not spent today but could be spent tomorrow, or even returned to the taxpayers. But foolhardy spending almost guarantees that with the inevitable next recession, huge deficits will lead to...
In 1968, the Beatles advised, “Honey, disconnect the phone,” in their song, “Back in the U.S.S.R.” Fast-forward to 2016, and more people might follow that advice if the FBI gets its way and forces Apple to create software to “hack” the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Local...
No greater evidence exists that the nation’s immigration system is broken than the case of Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, the undocumented migrant alleged to have gone on a killing spree in Kansas and Missouri, which ended with his capture Wednesday in New Florence, Mo. Serrano-Vitorino, a...
Each year, millions of Americans trust the Internal Revenue Service with sensitive private information — information that the agency has repeatedly failed to protect, whether due to its compromised security measures or due to the compromised actions of its own employees. Last May, for example,...
Did you hear about the man who fired back at an attacker who had shot him and two of his friends at a New Orleans gas station in January, hitting the perpetrator and potentially saving his life and those of several others? Or the Uber driver who likewise shot and wounded a man who had opened fire...
In Gloucester, a person seeking treatment from a drug-related addiction who enters the police station “shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance under sections 34 or 35, or possession of drug paraphernalia under section 32I, if the evidence for such charge of...
Since his very first days in office, President Barack Obama has made closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba a priority. Resistance from Congress has thwarted those plans, but Mr. Obama is making another go of it during his final year in office. “For many years, it’s been clear that...
As the 88th Academy Awards show credits rolled recently, it brought pause to reflect on the evening and also a future hope that the showcase event for cinema will go down in history as the last ever to leave African-Americans off the list of nominees. Yes, this was the second year in a row in...

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