Editorials

A new report by the human rights group Amnesty International estimates that Syria’s government has summarily executed 13,000 prisoners since the start of the civil war in 2011, which would constitute war crimes on a shocking scale. Not even Saddam Hussein at his worst as Iraq’s dictator inflicted...
One of the most consequential departments in the federal government is now run by one of the most debated members of President Trump’s Cabinet. In a tie vote broken by Vice President Mike Pence, longtime influential Republican Betsy DeVos was confirmed as America’s secretary of Education....
Last week, Republicans in Congress took their first steps toward dismantling some Obama-era regulations. This came as no surprise, but the optics of it were spectacularly brutal. The first regulation to be dumped was the Stream Protection Rule. Thanks to the Senate and House, coal-mining...
The college campus should provide a free and peaceable marketplace of diverse religious, political, cultural and philosophical ideas as a foundation to learning. All over the country, university administrators have endangered free speech. They have elevated feelings and oversensitivity as higher...
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....
With his selection of Neil Gorsuch as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump seeks to fulfill a campaign promise to appoint a well-qualified jurist who shares the judicial philosophy of the man he will succeed, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Gorsuch’s...
When the conservative government took power, one of its first steps was muzzling the nation’s scientists. Overnight, they had to get permission from political appointees to do media interviews. Government data archives began to disappear. Climate scientists were regarded as particularly suspect;...
Iran is offering the Trump administration its first foreign policy crisis. In a provocative act likely intended to take advantage of U.S. political turmoil, Tehran tested a ballistic missile understood by leading Western allies to be a violation of the recent nuclear deal brokered under the Obama...
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned about excessive regulation. “If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law,” he said. George Mason University analyzed the 103 million words in the Code of Federal Regulations, contained in more than 175,000 pages. As...
President Donald Trump’s rushed and ill-considered entry ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries hinges on numerous fallacies and illogical leaps that probably will prompt an embarrassing reversal. The question is how much damage he will inflict on U.S. international relations...

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