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A woman shares a picnic lunch through the U.S.-Mexico border fence with her husband  in Tijuana, Mexico, in this 2006 file photo. The couple, who had been married for six years, would meet every weekend while they worked on immigration papers.

Monitor Board of Contributors: Off the wall

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Central to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the idea that, if elected, he is going to build an impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal Mexican migrants. Not only that, he says he is going to make Mexico pay for it. Among the Republican presidential candidates, Trump is not alone on the wall idea. Ted …

National View: The rise and fall of public campaign funding

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sometimes, prosperity can be a sign of failure. Take the $292 million pot of taxpayer dollars that politicians are refusing to touch. For years after the public fund for presidential candidates was established in 1974, the biggest worry for its minders at the Federal Election Commission was whether there would be enough money for all the candidates. Now, despite a sharp decline in …

Our Turn: Treat kindergarten like any other grade

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don’t eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as much? According to the law that defines the state’s financial support for education, the answer is yes. That needs to change. House Bill 1563 does not mandate full-day kindergarten. However, it would change the current adequate education law …

My Turn: If you want a brighter future, vote Republican

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The right to vote is one of the sacred privileges that free citizens enjoy. The freedom to choose our leaders and the obligations that come with that freedom should not be taken for granted. We must consider how …

My Turn: Corporate responsibility and why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton

Thursday, February 4, 2016

When it comes to politics and government, I believe in progressive, Democratic principles: that we all deserve a fair shot to get ahead and that we need to make sure no one slips through the cracks or gets …

My Turn: We must address addiction like we would any other disease

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family’s story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking. Cary’s adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and …

My Turn: Hillary Clinton should tell the people what she said in her private speeches

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Last month as Hillary Clinton was leaving a town meeting in Manchester, Lee Fang of the Intercept asked her if she would release the transcripts of her paid, and very private speeches to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A choice between two Americas

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

‘I tell thee,’ said Madame (Defarge), extending her right hand, for emphasis, ‘that although it (an earthquake) is a long time on the road, it is on the road and coming. I tell thee it never retreats, and …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A temporary (let’s hope) madness

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another: a low level of anxiety starts to grow in the dark and murky places in our soul, despite the actuality of our being relatively safe and secure in our …

My Turn: Ted Cruz chose money over American values

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In a world where voters no longer trust Washington politicians, there are refreshing new faces running for president who break that mold. The results out of the Iowa caucuses prove these candidates are gaining traction. Unfortunately, Ted Cruz …

National View: The truth about TARP

Sunday, January 31, 2016

No government initiative in recent history has been more controversial than the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, the $700 billion financial rescue fund Washington deployed in fall 2008. Though then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson declared it indispensable to prevent another …

The Anatomy of ‘Making a Murderer’: Netflix documentary tells a frightening story about the American criminal justice system

Sunday, January 31, 2016

(The following is the first part in an occasional series about legal issues raised by the documentary “Making a Murderer.”) Over the holiday season, it seemed like the only thing my friends and family wanted to talk about …

Katy Burns: Infrastructure? Who needs infrastructure?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Consider two ongoing spectacles that have grabbed the nation’s attention. One is the increasingly crazy contest for the Republican presidential nomination, distinguished most recently by Donald Trump’s startling defiance of, and seeming contempt for, Fox News’s kingmaker, Roger …