Despite collecting record tax revenues, the federal government cannot withstand its present spending levels without serious repercussions. As the record-breaking federal debt continues unabated, it undermines the very foundation of our nation’s economic health.

President Trump has now told more than 12,000 public lies, according to counters at the Washington Post and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact; and, more and more, he is forcing the corrupt culture of his lies onto the people who touch him in any way and deep, deep into the federa…

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A federal government shutdown anytime before the 2020 presidential election would be an act of immense bad faith. With the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year looming, few appropriations bills have passed the Senate, making another such drama all too possible.

This is a time of real progress on gun safety — no thanks to Washington. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continue to block vital and popular gun-safety legislation. The House of Representatives this year passed a bill extending background checks to virtually…

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Move-in day for the collegiate Class of 2023 is now a memory, but lingering like a rash that just won’t quit is the constant inflammation of the student-loan debacle that, for many in this freshman class, will cast a long and dubious shadow upon their finances — perhaps for decades.

It’s official: The Trump administration has a plan to deal with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — by returning them to the same quasi-governmental form that set them up for failure in the 2008 financial crisis. If executed, it’s likely to be a win for a small coterie of hedge fund…

Thursday night’s debate among Democratic presidential candidates touched on the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, appropriately, since America had spent the previous day observing the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, mourning victims and pondering lessons learned. A few d…

Advocates of Pennsylvania’s two backdoor voucher programs, which provide public tax credits for private contributions to private schools, say that they help poor kids who are trapped in poorly performing public schools.

Much like facial recognition technology, automated license plate readers are becoming a popular new tool of law enforcement.

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the 1939 German invasion of Poland, the event that marked the beginning of World War II. It’s an occasion that must remain strong in the world’s collective memory, even as we slowly lose the people who can speak of it from firsthand experience.

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Ronald Reagan said we are never more than one generation away from losing our freedom. Now it seems we are never more than one election away. If you are unconvinced, then watching the astonishing six-minute testimony of Harvard researcher Dr. Robert Epstein is an absolute must (www.c-span.or…

The spark for Walmart’s action is terrible: deadly shootings at two of its stores this summer, with 24 people slaughtered. Nonetheless, the giant retailer’s realization that “the status quo is unacceptable” should be applauded. Walmart will change its gun policies, ending the sale of ammunit…

Among scientists and educators, there’s widespread agreement that early-childhood development is essential for youngsters’ long-term well-being. In the U.S., politicians have taken notice. More than half of the candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination are advocating univer…

A cynic, says a character in one of Oscar Wilde’s novels, is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. If that’s true, then the debate over the state of labor in the United States these days is awash in cynicism — or maybe it could just be called plain old hypocrisy…

A tide of “vaccine hesitancy,” reluctance to get inoculated because of unfounded fears and misinformation, is rising in the United States and throughout the world. The World Health Organization has identifiedvaccine hesitancy as one of the 10 most urgent public health challenges of this year.

Out of all the talking points, disputes and debates that color the political spectrum, the argument for not just increasing, but doubling the minimum wage has become the bellwether in a cross-section of partisan circles.

Despite agreement across Pennsylvania that bullying in schools is a problem that needs much more preventive action, it is hard to imagine that proposals being prepared by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, will achieve passage without formidable challenges.

It seems appropriate that the political division responsible for the Pennsylvania government’s inertia often is described relative to Interstate Route 80, which divides the state roughly in half from east to west.

The Trump administration has sought to reassure the country that the economy will remain strong, but many economists don’t buy it because of accumulating economic data that point to recession.

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There are many events like January’s annual March for Life that the national media refuses to cover. Another similar event that is scheduled for next weekend is the second “National Day of Mourning” that will memorialize the murder of 20 million aborted black babies.

In a previous column, I noted that Dayton, Ohio, where a racist killer murdered nine innocent people, was the site of a 1995 international peace agreement, the Dayton Accords.

The standoff between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and China’s Communist rulers continues to escalate. Last Sunday, organizers estimated that 1.7 million people — or nearly a quarter of Hong Kong’s total population — marched through pouring rain to demonstrate their continuing support f…

Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature’s shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to abandon what was then the commonwealth’s archaic, overly restrictive fireworks rules.

Global warming is already here, striking substantial regions of the United States with increasing severity. That is the upshot of an exhaustive Post investigation in which reporters Steven Mufson, Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin and John Muyskens analyzed decades of local temperature records a…

Stocks tanked last week amid signs of a worsening slowdown in Germany and China, and bond investors flashed the clearest signal yet that the U.S. is courting a self-inflicted recession. Hopefully these cries of alarm from financial markets will cause President Donald Trump and his advisers t…

At the dawn of the 2018 football season, no one who broadcasts, reports on or scouts at the high school level expected the Shamokin Indians to reach the semi-finals of the District 4 Class AAA playoffs.

The truth hurts. Also, the truth will set you free. Both old sayings receive validation in the The Post’s continuing investigative reporting series on the history of the prescription opioid industry and the addiction epidemic it helped to spawn. It is indeed painful to find out that millions…

It goes on and on. Less than a week after killers in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, murdered 31 innocent people, including a young mother and father protecting their new baby, a 33-year-old man in Santa Ana, California, stabbed six people there, killing four of them.

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide has prompted a rash of conspiracy theories about how a wealthy man in an infamous criminal case could have been left to kill himself.

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead and gone, the conspiracy theorists have come out of the woodwork. That’s to be expected, but the president of the United States should not be among them.

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During his racist tirades last week, Donald Trump spent much of his time attacking Congressman Elijah Cummings, who represents much of Baltimore and adjoining majority-black precincts in Maryland’s Baltimore County.

The Green New Deal (GND), spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey consists of a laundry list full of hopeful environmental conventions and protocols that would only serve to redistribute income from sea to shining sea.

Gamblers lost $3.3 billion to Pennsylvania casinos from July 1, 2018, through June 30. That period was the state government’s 2019 fiscal year, during which its vigorish in the form of gambling tax revenue was a record $1.39 billion.

Pennsylvania’s status as the epicenter of a spotted lanternfly invasion — a hungry pest that found its way here from Asia — is much more than a backyard annoyance or an extra spraying chore for farmers. It has developed into a serious economic threat to vineyards, orchards, nurseries and har…

Loved ones of those killed by opioid overdoses first raised the alarm here in 2014 in social media posts and grassroots activism: Heroin, a bliss-inducing, savagely addictive and dangerous drug had made a return and was felling victims, too many of them young and full of promise.

County election officials across Pennsylvania disenfranchised thousands of voters in last year’s general election, not because of any chicanery on the voters’ part but because of obsolete rules embedded in the absentee voting system.

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Sometimes things have to be placed in the right context in order for people to put it in the proper perspective. An excellent example of this was a recent Washington Post report on motor vehicle fatalities in the United States.