Adoptees deserve to know their origins

One year ago, I paid Facebook a dollar to send a message to a woman I didn’t know.

  • Nov 13th, 2018


How gerrymandering can reduce the partisan divide

One of the reasons well-educated districts exist, at least in the suburbs, is because they were drawn intentionally during the last round of redistricting.

  • Nov 13th, 2018


End gerrymandering: One thing Americans agree on

In red states, blue states and purple states, they’ve had it with politicians drawing their own districts, choosing their own voters and distorting democracy.

  • Nov 13th, 2018


Big corporations were among the winners of Tuesday’s voting

A surge in voter interest, a swell in the ranks of Democratic state lawmakers and a spendy bunch of contests marked the 2018 election.

  • Nov 10th, 2018

Does patriotism still matter?

America is the greatest country in the world, and is worth defending.

  • Nov 10th, 2018

Why I became a US citizen — and why it took so long

I became a U.S. citizen in 2012 — 10 years after I became a permanent resident, and 22 after I first arrived in the United States.

  • Nov 8th, 2018

Democrats gave Trump an opening on immigration

As conservative Democrats have become conservative Republicans, there were fewer and fewer voters and politicians inside their coalition inclined toward restraint.

  • Nov 8th, 2018

Birthright citizenship isn’t just the law, it’s crucial to assimilation in the US

President Trump said he planned to issue an executive order to repeal birthright citizenship, a law he described as “ridiculous.”

  • Nov 7th, 2018

Inside the mystery of Donald Trump’s stubbornly loyal political base

This is the base that, with some dips, has kept his job approval right around the mid-40s, while a steady majority disapproves.

  • Nov 7th, 2018

Caring for veterans should be national duty

Congress finally agreed to fund the VA Mission Act, which since its June passage had been mired in budgetary disputes.

  • Nov 6th, 2018

Whatever happens today, democracy is banged up but not broken

The nation’s view on our democracy has always been a unique contradiction of cheering, wailing and disinterest.

  • Nov 6th, 2018

A Berniecrat win on Trump turf may not be too farfetched

In the 39th Legislative District, a solidly Republican turf the past two decades, the fetch no longer seems too far in a race for an open House seat.

  • Nov 3rd, 2018

Birthright citizenship strengthens America

Birthright citizenship is well established by the courts, Congress and the Constitution.

  • Nov 3rd, 2018

What to do about the caravans?

The caravan’s coming, and no, it is not the end of the world, but yes, it does represent a problem deleterious to the state of the union.

  • Nov 1st, 2018

Hate speech is infecting America, but censorship not the answer

The government cannot punish speech even if it is deeply offensive — and there is no reason to believe that censoring hate speech will make hate crimes less likely.

  • Nov 1st, 2018

These midterms really do matter more than usual

Here are some of the ways the outcomes appear to be especially critical.

  • Oct 31st, 2018

No, Republicans: Not everyone incites violence

President Donald Trump’s greatest ally in escaping responsibility for the spasm of violence across the U.S. is false equivalence.

  • Oct 30th, 2018

If people would inform themselves and vote, it would all be fine

By Leona Olsen We have come to a time in America when…

  • Oct 30th, 2018

Tight races make for tough endorsement calls for major offices

House District 19 The 19th District House race between incumbent Jim Walsh…

  • Oct 26th, 2018

One way to fix the child care crisis: Look to the tax law

But a small but important provision in last year’s tax law, designed to spur investment in under-resourced communities, could provide an unlikely solution.

  • Oct 25th, 2018