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In a comeback story for the ages, the U.S. bald eagle population in the lower 48 states has quadrupled in the last 12 years.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died, after a long and fruitful life extraordinarily well lived. He was 99, two months from his 100th birthday. He leaves his queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, age 94, to soldier on alone.

Faced with a burgeoning crisis at the southern border, President Joe Biden has pledged to increase economic assistance to countries in Central America’s Northern Triangle. He’s right to do so. But money alone won’t be enough.

It’s a deal any state would be smart to take – but as many as a dozen might be about to say no regardless. They haven’t yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and are being offered enough federal money to cover the full cost, plus extra funds totaling nearly $10 billion over two…

Much of modern life has improved since the 1970s. Not so air travel: Getting from New York to London takes roughly as long now as it did in the days of disco. Could that be about to change?

Democrats in the House of Representatives have handed President Joe Biden a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he is serious about healing the nation’s most bitter political divisions. Unfortunately, it’s not clear he realizes it.

We knew on day two of Joe Biden’s presidency that his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans by his 100th day in office was setting the bar too low. By that date, 16.5 million shots had gone out, 6.5 million alone in the six days beforehand, and the daily rate of shots was growing at a ra…

Sarah Moonshadow and her son were leaving King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday when they heard gunshots. She told the Denver Post that she instructed her son to duck and then “we just ran.”

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are trying again at an obvious and needed improvement to gun safety – or the lack thereof.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary, rolled up his shirt sleeve before TV cameras and reporters last Thursday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to get inoculated with the newest COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the U.S., a one-shot version made by Johnson &am…

If you were born in this country, there is a high probability that you know less about the Constitution and American history than do immigrants who become citizens. And various studies indicate that you might also flunk the citizenship exam.

In an entirely worthwhile eagerness to encourage people to accept the coronavirus vaccine, public health officials and government leaders in December touted the effectiveness of the Pfizer (95%) and Moderna (94.1%) inoculations to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection. It was persuasive, an…

When Joe Biden was running for president, he was asked if — unlike then-President Donald Trump — he would punish senior Saudi leaders for the 2018 murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Let's not kid ourselves. Efforts by both California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office and state legislators to reopen schools by vaccinating teachers aren't the result of science or even fairness. But with teachers nervous about returning to in-person classrooms and their powerful unions putting up…

Rush Limbaugh, who died Wednesday at 70, was, to liberals, leftists and maybe to a good number of people in the political center, an agitator and showman at best, and, at worst, a lout, a loudmouth and a demagogue.

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in decidi…

One gift tucked inside the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government spending bill Congress passed during Christmas week is a ban on virtually all surprise medical bills.

A deep breath, a long pause and a lot more information and consideration are needed before anyone settles firmly on a way forward from the GameStop buying/​selling spree that upended Wall Street and its usual power brokers.

Most Americans, in fact nearly all Americans, get around using vehicles that use gasoline. And nearly all of our goods are delivered in trucks that use diesel. If there’s no fuel, those vehicles don’t magically start running on water or banana peels or old gym socks or any other substance, n…

The swift development of highly effective vaccines for the novel coronavirus was a marvel of modern science, holding out the prospect of an early end to a pandemic that has rampaged across the country. But creating vaccines is one thing; getting them administered is another. That part of the…

This time last year I wrote a column about the New Year, 2020.

Weekend moviegoers who get to their seats a bit early at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre in normal times know the delicious lagniappe that awaits. On the left side of the movie screen, house organist Dennis Scott delights on a refurbished 1929 Kimball and Co. organ. No charge for the ambience, t…

The $900 billion fiscal stimulus approved by congressional leaders late Sunday, and now headed for speedy enactment, is, like the accompanying funding deal to avert a government shutdown, more than a little underwhelming. Not just because it’s a shadow of the multi-trillion-dollar CARES Act …

As hospitals in New York City grew overwhelmed with coronavirus patients earlier this spring, New Yorkers began a daily ritual. They stood on their porch steps, their balconies, their sidewalks and clapped, sang and played music at 7 p.m. when hospital workers changed shifts. They shouted, “…

For the past eight years, Dec. 14 has marked one of the most tragic moments in recent American history. On this day in 2012, a disturbed young man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with a semiautomatic firearm and killed 26 people, 20 of whom were children.

Remember Florida’s plan to save money by importing prescription drugs in bulk from Canada?

When you board a commercial airliner, you know there are certain risks that go with this mode of transportation. You may be placed next to someone with a squalling infant, or behind a traveler who insists on reclining, or alongside an overly talkative stranger – hopefully wearing a tight-fit…

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Jonathon Cooper races towards Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez during the fourth quarter on Oct. 24, 2020 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the conference.

COVID-19 is surging in Big Ten football locker rooms and in the states that the conference’s universities serve. Conference officials should cancel what’s left of the 2020 season not just to protect student-athletes and staff but to prevent team outbreaks from spreading to the broader community.

If you think it was stressful waiting for election boards around the country to count the millions of votes in the presidential election, imagine being the workers who were doing the counting.

More Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election than in any previous election.

In the fall elections, Democrats won the headliner but lost many undercards. With sizable gains in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, Republicans are poised to control redistricting based on the 2020 Census and potentially take back the House of Representatives in 2022.

Thanksgiving will no doubt be different this year. I know there will be less weight gain at the Wolfsies’ because Mary Ellen is requiring that we put on our mask between every bite. That will slow down the time to consume the meal, which, according to my wife, results in less food intake. Th…

The welcome news that a COVID-19 vaccine now under development appears to be far more effective than initially hoped is a much-needed burst of good news as the pandemic gathers force across the nation.

The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.

Americans are pinning their hopes on a vaccine for COVID-19 to bring this long pandemic nightmare to an end. And while it seems likely that there will be one or more federally approved vaccines by year’s end, even best-case scenarios estimate that it will be spring before there are enough do…

My desk drawers have been full of paperwork and pictures, files have laid on my desk and Post-it Notes have adorned my workspace with scribbles of notes about Denise Pflum.

Suffragettes overcame decades of obstructionism and violence to secure the right to vote for women a century ago, when, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Now more than ever, we all have a role to play in helping others – including children – stay as safe and healthy as possible, given the coronavirus pandemic that has descended upon us.

As we begin the sixth month of this strange journey through a coronavirus pandemic, we see clearly that the disease is affecting more than just those unlucky enough to actually contract it.

You people who think it’s your decision about whether to wear a face mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic are thinking about it all wrong.