Editorials

Too often, police officers are the ones who suffer when the safety net snaps. This nation’s failure to maintain an adequate safety net for people with serious mental illnesses falls hard on American families, businesses and communities. But law enforcement may bear the heaviest burden of all....
Donald Trump is now president of a nation deeply divided politically and culturally, yet he assumed the presidency as part of a peaceful transfer of power. Despite the skepticism and cynicism of our age, and the cacophony and tension that Trump generates, as Americans, we should not take this...
Yet another government law enforcement surveillance practice was put under the microscope recently by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Thanks to the Edward Snowden leaks, we now know about government programs to spy on American citizens and collect bulk phone, text and pretty...
President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees have generally been well received by Republicans — including those whose preference for president wasn’t Trump. And as is customary during years of party turnover in the White House, Democrats have made the effort not to give them all a free pass....
A parody Twitter account has popped up that imagines what President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets would look like if he suddenly acted presidential. When @realDonaldTrump lashes out on Twitter, @MatureTrumpTwts restates it in a calm, conciliatory way. This from Sunday, for example: “I recognize...
Even before Donald Trump is inaugurated, resistance movements are organizing protests and efforts to ensure the new president’s failure. We understand the sentiment; after all, it’s what many Republicans did to Barack Obama. This newspaper opposed Trump from the beginning. We have yet to see...
The Defense Department is preparing plans that would enable President-elect Donald Trump to ramp up the conflict with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as soon as he assumes office. On the stump, Trump notoriously lambasted the way the war has been conducted — blaming not only President Obama...
Nick’s Rent-a-Gun: Barely two weeks into the Missouri Legislature’s session, a leader has emerged in the annual Crazy Gun Proposal contest. Rep. Nick Marshall, a Parkville Republican, is outraged at new metal detectors at the Capitol that help security officers enforce the “no guns” rule. So...
In an era of harsh political division in Washington, Senate Republicans and Democrats have found one area of unanimity: Human sex trafficking is bad, child sex trafficking is worse, and the online site Backpage provides a $600 million marketing platform for this sort of sleaze to expand rapidly...
Live by the sword, die by the sword. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump exploited half-truths and uncorroborated Wikileaks information with reckless abandon to create in the public’s mind an image of a “corrupt Hillary” Clinton. “Lock her up!” was the response these half-truths...

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