Editorials

Republicans need to give Benghazi a rest. The terrorist attack on the U.S. consular compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been investigated, re-investigated, poked and prodded for nearly four years, yet a GOP-led House select committee on Tuesday found no wrongdoing by the woman running the State...
The sensible gun laws movement should be heartened by two developments Monday: One, the Supreme Court again reminded the nation that gun rights under the Second Amendment are not absolute, and two, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a gun bill passed by the Legislature that went way too far toward gun...
Great Britain’s vote Thursday to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through global financial markets and political bodies. Brexit, meaning “British exit” from the EU, was a jolting reminder that when voters are frustrated with their governments, populism becomes a powerful political force...
The Supreme Court is as deadlocked as the rest of America’s leadership when it comes to millions of undocumented migrants within our borders. On Thursday, on a 4-4 vote, the court punted one of the most important decisions of this term, one dealing with President Barack Obama’s program to block...
For the parents and grandparents of adolescents there is good news and bad news. The good news, unearthed in a survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that today’s high school students are notably resistant to all sorts of hazardous and unwholesome activities...
So what’s in a name? Sometimes quite a bit, as the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI have quickly learned. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave several interviews on Sunday to announce that the Justice Department and the FBI would be releasing a partial transcript of a 9-1-1 call from the...
Just when you’re fed up with the U.S. Congress (the approval rating is 11 percent) comes word that it has passed and sent to the president an overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Chemicals and Substances Act, generally regarded as the weakest environmental law on the books. And it only took 10 years. The...
Now’s the time for Americans to stand up for sanity. Now is the time for Americans to seize back control of their government. Now is the time for Americans to declare that the National Rifle Association and its gun-industry overlords will no longer hold us hostage to a bogus, exaggerated...
In localizing a national Associated Press story about hate crimes reporting by local law enforcement agencies, there was some good news. Only three agencies in Florida — none of which were located in the Panhandle — failed to file required federal reports regarding the law. We see that as a plus...
A punitive measure that would fine Medicaid patients who miss doctor’s appointments is unnecessarily harsh and deserves to be vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, who has it under review. There are better and less mean-spirited ways to achieve the worthy goals of trying to get patients to take more control...

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