Editorials

The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold. In a memo announcing the decision Thursday, Deputy Attorney...
It looks like Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country will have to make do with quiet daytime sports activities. And that’s a good thing. Circuit Judge Ellen Hannigan Ribaudo ruled this week that Town and Country’s Board of Aldermen correctly denied a conditional use permit, blocking...
Although it’s not exactly news that California could use some more water, new research has revealed just how extensive the need has become — and at what cost for the state economy. The good news is, new research of a much different kind has revealed the answer: affordable, large-scale ocean...
Drug Enforcement Administration officials must be smoking something if they actually believe that heroin and marijuana deserve to be listed in the same category as controlled substances posing extreme dangers to public health. The two aren’t even in the same drug universe. For years, the DEA has...
Roadside drug tests can be a good tool for police to determine whether someone has broken law and potentially poses a threat to others, but they can also get you locked up for eating a glazed donut. A Florida man is suing the Orlando Police Department after he was arrested on officers’ mistaken...
Our system of government is predicated on the idea that the separation of powers will cause different governmental institutions and factions to serve as a check on each other. But a new report from the federal judiciary calls into question whether the judicial branch is really serving its purpose...
Unquestionably, there’s emotional and visceral appeal in legislation that would prohibit the release of a public agency’s recording that depicts the killing of a peace officer in the line of duty unless the officer’s immediate family gives consent. Unfortunately, the bill amounts to terrible...
If there is one topic that a man who claims to be worth $10 billion ought to be good on, it’s economic policy. But on Monday, in a speech before the Detroit Economic Club, Donald Trump disappointed. Trump won the Republican presidential nomination by combining braggadocio with populist appeals...
The Social Security Administration has created a potentially huge, but avoidable problem for millions of account holders in an overzealous attempt to fight computer hackers. As of this month, online users have been required to own a cellphone, register that number and obtain a text-messaged...
Although a very small team of special operations forces began working out of the Misurata and Benghazi areas of Libya at the end of last year — and Pentagon officials have spent months eyeing the Islamic State’s contingent of forces in the city of Sirte on the central coast between them — only...

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