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Do occupational-licensing laws trump the First Amendment? What limits, if any, does the First Amendment impose on government's ability to restrict advice?
Should people in need of a kidney transplant be allowed to pay someone to donate one of theirs?
State and federal labor officials need to monitor more aggressively training institutions that leave students with heavy debts and few prospects for employment.
Has the president hidden his own war on poverty too well?
Grief over the killing of a reporter is followed by the chilling knowledge that hostage-taking has become a standard weapon in the terrorist’s arsenal.
The concept of “frugal innovation” presents the challenge of designing products specifically to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people.
There's a good reason no one is protesting Obama's bombing of Iraq.
Bank of America pays $16.65 billion for doing the feds a favor.
The Fed's plan to maintain a large balance sheet and pay interest on bank reserves is good for financial stability.
The state Supreme Court breaks bad new ground on innovator liability.
Three new Fed surveys highlight damage to the labor market.
The threats Christian missionaries face have changed. Their quiet dedication has not.
Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert dirt this week, the insurgents of Islamic State sought — and failed — to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release. The U.S., in keeping with its long-standing policy,...
Did you hear about the Compton student who graduated from high school at the top of his class last May and starts school this fall at Princeton with a full scholarship?
It's one of the worst ideas we've heard in a long time: Last week, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission floated a plan to offer cash prizes as an incentive to get Angelenos to vote in local elections. Sheer desperation, as far as we can tell, led the commission to propose an election day...
Strategically speaking, the Iron Dome antimissile shield, precisely because of its effectiveness, has been disastrous for Israel: It has saved Hamas from destruction and it has helped to seriously undermine Israel's image as a civilized state in the eyes of many in the West.
Let's be honest. The United States has crossed the threshold on Iraq. We're in it to salvage the country — again — using American military might.
Just as Silicon Valley is a hotbed for innovation, Sacramento is a hotbed for regulation. Those two impulses are clashing now over a new generation of tech companies that uses smartphone apps to connect ride-seekers with drivers. If lawmakers aren't careful, the regulations they're poised to...
Our problems are connected — and they're going to get worse.
The Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children, and the upshot is what you probably already know: It's expensive.
 If you've been following the coverage of racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., you've probably encountered numerous, usually brief allusions to an outrageous story that goes something like this:
The shooting of Michael Brown and its turbulent aftermath have renewed an old question: Why does the black community raise a ruckus when a white person kills a black person, which is rare, but not when a black person kills a black person, which is far less rare?The shooting of Michael Brown and its turbulent aftermath have renewed an old question: Why does the black community raise a ruckus when a white person kills a black person, which is rare, but not when a black person kills a black person, which is far less rare?
Say this for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he takes a good mug shot.Say this for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he takes a good mug shot.
If there's one thing we can all agree on these days, it's that the world is collapsing around us and we're all going to die.If there's one thing we can all agree on these days, it's that the world is collapsing around us and we're all going to die.
Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters. These are among the array of eye-glazingly complicated tax avoidance strategies adopted by America’s biggest companies. Each gets a moment in the sun when some enterprising journalist stumbles upon a particularly egregious example of its use; the public expresses outrage; policymakers denounce the behavior, which they themselves have incentivized; and then maybe Congress plays whack-a-mole trying to close the loophole. Then the public forgets, firms come up with inventively aggressive new strategies, and the pattern repeats. Read full article >>
Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. Read full article >>
Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared the Islamic State “and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed.” President Obama said, “People like this ultimately fail.” The first is a pledge; the second an observation. Obama remains a rhetorical spectator to events in Iraq and Syria that he does not want to own and that he believes the United States has a limited ability to influence. Read full article >>
The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world. But people aren’t built that way, not in Muslim countries or anywhere else. When they see sadistic, uncivilized behavior, they are disgusted — and angry. Read full article >>
How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will? Read full article >>
Has Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser fallen down the rabbit hole? She has twice refused an invitation by Ward 4’s advisory neighborhood commissions to participate in a candidates’ forum; the most recent had been scheduled for Sept. 17. Bowser represents the ward on the D.C. Council. She entered District politics through the ANC network in that same community. Further, one of the people organizing that event, Doug Sloan , is her ANC commissioner; they live around the corner from each other. Read full article >>
NFL, by contrast, has adopted tough, mandatory rules.   
Our commitment to protecting student-athletes is as strong as it has ever been.   
Readers discuss the treatment and death of James Foley   
James Foley won't be the the last journalist to die as ISIS reveals it is the enemy of all.   
Crime is at historic lows and polls show confidence in police, despite militarization cries.   
Readers talk about the militarization of police and the response to the Ferguson, Mo., shooting.   
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