Editorials

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was a positive step, but what comes next is a great concern. Trump made it official with an executive order signed Monday in the Oval Office. “Great thing for the American worker, what we...
President Donald Trump is playing with fire in his pronouncements about reviving the use of torture against terrorism suspects. It’s not just morally reprehensible; it is illegal and ineffective. Trump seems intent on bolstering a gung-ho image and fulfilling campaign promises, yet he fails to...
Doubtless, one of Barack Obama’s most mixed legacies is to be found in the Mideast. Things could be much worse, but U.S. policy in the region is dangerously adrift. The Islamic State has been put back on its heels, but America’s own strategic posture has been badly weakened, too. Taking a new...
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...

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