American voters might be wising up

There’s no mystery about the Republican agenda. For at least the past 40 years, the GOP’s central policy goal has been upward redistribution of income: lower taxes for the wealthy, big cuts in programs that help the poor and the middle class. We’ve seen that agenda at work in the policies of every Republican president from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, every budget proposal from party stars like Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House.

Trump administration plays down science in shift on family-planning funding

The Trump administration’s answer to questions surrounding family planning and safe sex is to give preference for $260 million in grants to groups stressing abstinence and “fertility awareness.” Instead of urging at-risk members of the public to use condoms and other forms of protection, the administration favors far-less safe and effective measures such as the rhythm method.

Arming classroom teachers: A personal perspective

I was thinking about the idea of arming classroom teachers well before President Donald Trump suggested the measure as a response to the terrible murders of 17 students and teachers last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Freedom of speech includes the right to remain silent

WASHINGTON — Governments routinely behave badly, but sometimes their mean-spiritedness comes to the Supreme Court’s attention. On Tuesday, it will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of measures that California’s government has taken to compel pro-life entities to speak against their own mission.