Editorials

The Congressional Review Act, passed in 1996, gives Congress the power to repeal any new federal agency rule within 60 legislative days after it’s finalized. Congress is using that power right now to undo some regulations put forward in the waning days of the Obama administration. One such...
At a moment when borders and surveillance have become sharply divisive issues at home and abroad, all Americans should object to one of the great federal security failures playing out every day. The Transportation Security Administration’s behavior detection program, designed to catch terrorists...
The reason American politics is so unsettled right now goes well beyond Donald Trump. It also involves the state of the major parties. Although the new president’s administration is like none other in living memory, and has yet to find its footing in public approval ratings, the White House is...
As Americans celebrate Black History Month, shrines to racists and racism are going the way of the Berlin Wall. Yale University officials announced last week that it will rename Calhoun College, one of the institution’s eight original residential colleges. It was named after former U.S. Vice...
The violence that erupted at UC Berkeley last week during the protest of a planned speech by Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos, known for his conservative and decidedly politically incorrect views, was a sorry display and a blow to free speech. It is ironic that such a demonstration...
Could there be any good outcome from making it easier for seriously mentally ill citizens to buy guns? The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives apparently thinks so, voting 235-180 along party lines to overturn an Obama administration rule extending background checks for Social Security...
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...

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