Editorials

Some observations about President-elect Donald Trump’s defense-policy-by-Twitter announcement last week that he had asked the Boeing Co. to “price-out” an F-18 Super Hornet to compete with Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: This would be very good news for Boeing-St. Louis, where the...
Venezuela’s nadir keeps finding a new low. The country’s currency, the bolivar, has lost so much of its value that storekeepers have started weighing bolivar notes instead of counting them. Everyday living is all about lines — long, desperate lines for food, medical supplies, toilet paper and a...
Energy efficiency saves money over the long haul, by making use of what was going to waste. On a large scale, it can cut the need for expensive energy-generation projects. And it fuels a lot of jobs in California. A new report from the group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) says 321,177...
Since his earliest days on the campaign trail, Donald Trump has made no secret of his distaste for China. Now, Trump’s case against China is spreading. More than just an economic adversary, Beijing is cast by the president-elect as a pre-eminent foreign policy problem. While Mitt Romney warned...
The federal regulatory state has just surpassed a dubious milestone. Since 2005, the total net cost of the 4,432 regulations finalized has now topped $1 trillion, according to the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank with a focus on limited government and free markets. That...
President-elect Donald Trump has every right to select whomever he wants for his Cabinet and chief advisory positions. Some of his choices, however, make it harder to distinguish between the reality of our 45th president and the parodies of him on “Saturday Night Live.” Sometimes it seems as if...
For those who hoped against hope that Trump could be kept out of office, the time to fight his election is now at an end, and the time to begin the real political work America needs has arrived. And whatever is to be said about Trump, his presidency will be one where new political coalitions are...
The FBI quietly acquired sweeping surveillance powers, beginning Dec. 1, it had sought for years, and the change came without a single congressional hearing or vote. Under a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the FBI will now be able to obtain a single warrant from a...
Ever since the WikiLeaks organization last spring began releasing the contents of emails hacked from the computers of Democratic Party officials, cybersecurity experts speculated that the operation likely originated from Russia, or at least involved Russian hackers. In a bombshell story last...
Among its many charms, the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign will be remembered as the time when fake news became a real thing. The handwringing is well under way. Did lies and hoaxes spread by bogus news outlets and by social-media sites sway a lot of voters? What should or could be done, perhaps...

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