Editorials

One of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s main jobs is to ensure that the drugs Americans take are safe and effective. Whether they’re also affordable has always been someone else’s problem. Enter Scott Gottlieb, the new commissioner of the FDA, who wants to reduce drug prices significantly...
The conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus summoned the ghost of former President Richard Nixon last week as members tried, unsuccessfully, to undermine the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO’s crime? Coming up with facts, especially regarding the impact of Republican health care,...
The sanctions game being played by the United States and Russia is unfolding in three dimensions. The first is moral; the second is economic; the third is domestic politics in both nations. Nothing is really as it seems. President Donald Trump, whose election the Russians helped to engineer, is...
Along with the opening of training camp by many National Football League teams last week came an updated study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased former NFL...
By just about any measure, the Transportation Security Administration has been a failure. A recent undercover test provides even further evidence of this, as if any were needed. The TSA was a mess before it was merged, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the superbureaucracy known as the...
Less than two weeks after undergoing brain surgery and a month after appearing dazed and confused during a congressional hearing, John McCain delivered a passionate, patriotic and cogent speech about the challenges facing the U.S. Senate as it considers health care legislation. McCain, a...
Military veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let’s hope they don’t have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs. Pittsburgher Andrew Brennan, an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan, has been promoting the idea of a national memorial in Washington...
When it seems anyone can say or write almost anything and have it published on the internet, recent events offer reminders that the freedom of expression is not universal. The Financial Times first reported this week that the Chinese government has banned Winnie the Pooh’s likeness and name on...
When the Ringling Bros. circus was founded, Ulysses S. Grant was president and the South was in the middle of Reconstruction. The storied act sadly came to an end in May. Ringling, after years of harassment from animal rights activists, couldn’t keep the show running. Activists are already...
If you are a college student or graduate, or the parent of one, you might find a poll released last week interesting. LendEDU, a group that tracks the student loan industry, found millennials believe by a 70-30 margin that student loan debt is a bigger threat to the U.S. than North Korea. The...

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