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How was a mailman in a gyrocopter able to pierce the world’s best-protected airspace?

| | Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze.

  • | Posted: Jun 27 2015 - 12:05am

    The Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was always going to be historic. What’s surprising is that Friday’s opinion is also moving. Its final paragraph is worth quoting in full:

  • | Posted: Jun 25 2015 - 12:05am

    What’s the price point of purple mountain majesty? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes that have begun to make hiking pricey. It is the job of Congress to fund the Park Service at a level needed to keep our parks pristine and affordable.

  • | Posted: Jun 24 2015 - 12:05am

    We often see reports about how much government regulations cost businesses and individuals, but a new analysis from the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, illustrates another aspect of federal regulations: how much these unfunded mandates affect state and local governments.

  • | Posted: Jun 23 2015 - 12:05am

    The world’s largest library needs a new leader. Librarian of Congress James Billington announced this month that he plans to step down from the post he has held for almost 28 years. Billington’s decision reopens the door to the modern era for the Library of Congress. President Barack Obama should not just search for a successor; he should also invite a discussion on the suitable tenure and evaluation of the nation’s chief librarian.

  • | Posted: Jun 21 2015 - 12:06am

    From the formaldehyde in your floorboards to the phthalates in your nail polish to the flame retardants in your upholstery, substances that can be toxic to humans are in countless everyday products. Are they safe when used in these ways?

  • | Posted: Jun 18 2015 - 12:05am

    Parents everywhere received welcome news last week: Underage alcohol use has decreased significantly in the past decade. Better still, binge drinking among minors has also declined. Cause and effect is always hard to determine in these matters, but the many prevention measures adopted in recent years by governments, schools and other public service organizations seem to be having an impact.

  • | Posted: Jun 16 2015 - 12:05am

    The world is relearning a painful lesson in combating infectious disease: an outbreak caused by a virus or by bacteria is not only a challenge for medicine but also demands a rapid response based on real information, good detective work and a certain alacrity. Ebola showed how a small outbreak can mushroom into a global concern.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2015 - 12:05am

    With their multimillion-dollar contributions to presidential hopefuls, Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban have emerged as two of the biggest names in the post-Citizens United world of democracy for sale. This week the Republican casino owner and the Democratic media mogul turned the power of their bank accounts on another country: Israel.

  • | Posted: Jun 10 2015 - 12:06am

    The FBI owes the public answers about its planes.

  • | Posted: Jun 10 2015 - 12:05am

    Do you have a retirement account? Enough money in savings?

  • | Posted: Jun 9 2015 - 12:05am

    Mary Jo White is a rarity in Washington — a seasoned federal prosecutor, an expert on securities law and a true independent, in both party registration and attitude. Those attributes made her President Barack Obama’s choice to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the independent agency that makes and enforces regulations for the financial industry. One of White’s first acts upon taking office two years ago was to declare that “we make our decisions based on an impartial assessment of the law and the facts and what we believe will further our mission — and never in response to political pressure, lobbying, or even public clamor.”

  • | Posted: Jun 7 2015 - 12:05am

    The latest U.S. jobs report offers encouraging evidence that the world’s largest economy is bouncing back from a difficult winter. It shouldn’t be interpreted, though, as a sign that the Federal Reserve must rush to pull back on its efforts to support growth.

  • | Posted: Jun 4 2015 - 12:05am

    Martin O’Malley’s presidential candidacy is unquestionably good news for urban Democrats who like Irish rock bands. It may even appeal to a broader audience.

  • | Posted: Jun 3 2015 - 5:44am

    When a self-described cabal repeatedly engages in what the attorney general calls “brazenly illegal behavior” and pleads guilty to criminal acts, it is reasonable to expect its members will get some jail time. But not in the paradoxical world ruled by mega banks and paralyzed by fears that being too harsh with banks deemed too big to fail might implode the economy.

  • | Posted: Jun 2 2015 - 12:05am

    President BarackObama’s global warming strategy will cut the country’s climate-change-inducing greenhouse emissions significantly — but at some cost. That’s the upshot of a new Energy Information Administration analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark Clean Power Plan, which, once finalized, will be at the core of the president’s strategy to reduce U.S. carbon-dioxide output.