When the definitive story of the 2020 presidential election is written, it will honor the commitment to democracy demonstrated by state-level Republican officials like Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who withstood withering political pressure — not to mention death threats — i…

President Donald Trump’s Sunday Fox News rant ranks as one of the most dangerous of his presidency, and that is saying something. Trump issued claim after incoherent claim about vote rigging — machines switched thousands of votes, dead people voted, mail-in ballots were “phony,” poll watcher…

By the looks of it, President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will be among the most teacher-friendly in history — and not just because incoming first lady Jill Biden, who plans to continue teaching, will arguably be the most important voice in the president’s ear. Beyond that, Biden has ca…

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Most Americans still saw the internet as something of a dreamland last time Joe Biden was in the White House. Now, four years of techlash later, it looks a lot more like a nightmare. Thankfully, the president-elect is in a position to do for the web, both worldwide and here at home, what his…

The Luzerne County Board of Elections has an opportunity to send a message to voters across the county Monday about the soundness of the Nov. 3 election and it should grasp that opportunity without reservation by officially certifying the results.

Erie’s Congressman Mike Kelly, R-16, expressing concerns about the “health of our republic,” this week announced his Protect Election Integrity Act. It aims to restore faith in our electoral system, which, Kelly said, has been undermined by the “administration of the election” in several states.

President-elect Joe Biden reportedly plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as the next treasury secretary. She’d be an impeccable choice. Her breadth of experience in economic policymaking, her pragmatic and progressive worldview, and her calm consensus-seeking temperam…

The state Department of Transportation plans to accelerate major rehabilitation or reconstruction of five to 10 major bridges across the state by establishing tolls for their use.

Coronavirus cases are surging, temperatures are, and Thanksgiving is approaching. This is a recipe for mass infection. Many Americans are taking pains to weather the winter season as responsibly as possible, but there is something more we can do to help ourselves and each other — and it only…

Over the next several weeks, about 3.8 million rapid COVID-19 tests will be distributed to nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the state. It’s a good step in slowing the spread of the coronavirus among the highest at-risk population, but it has to be part of a more-comprehensive t…

This has been a difficult election year for just about everyone, but no one has had it tougher than the people responsible for administering elections and counting votes.

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours.

As expected, the electoral drama featured Pennsylvania as a prominent player. With the race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden too close to call, all eyes were on the Keystone State — and a handful of others — as hours turned into days while all-dec…

Washington Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen noted last week that President Donald Trump had come very close to winning re-election. “A flip of just some 73,700 votes in those three states (Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia) and Trump would be making plans for a second term — and we would all …

“The Pennsylvania mortgage and rent relief program has once again stopped accepting new applications after reaching (its) extended deadline on Wednesday, potentially leaving millions of dollars unspent statewide,” LNP LancasterOnline’s Hurubie Meko reported Friday. For months, advocates have…

A compelling story published in The New York Times in 2019 opens with a poignant letter a World War II-era naval officer wrote to his young son.

International reaction to Joe Biden’s presidential election victory provides a useful map of the state of U.S. alliances — and of democracy — around the world. At one extreme, the world’s leading democracies, and closest U.S. allies, were quick to congratulate Biden on his victory — despite …

In some ways, the coronavirus is still a mystery. Scientists can’t say for certain why it’s deadly or debilitating in some people but has virtually no effect in others. They don’t know exactly how long immunity lasts or whether (or when) a vaccine will stop its spread and bring this wretched…

Many local residents and the vast Northeast Pennsylvania diaspora marvel at the attention that candidates and national media lavish on the region during presidential election campaigns — all the more so this year because Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a Scranton native and often references …

In recent years, election night in America has become a lot like New Year’s Eve. Bars, restaurants and hotel ballrooms fill up with revelers; colleges host watch parties; kids beg their parents to stay up late. And everywhere, people tune into election-night coverage. In 2016, more than 71 m…

The Supreme Court is in dangerous territory. Republicans jammed Amy Coney Barrett onto the court days before next week’s election. President Donald Trump explained the reason for the haste: to ensure he has a friendly justice to rule his way when he alleges voting fraud. A flurry of last-min…

Natural gas and the fracking used to produce it are important to Pennsylvania. But fracking’s future does not lie with whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden is the next president. As with coal, which Trump farcically promised to save while campaigning in 2016, fracking and natural gas are at the…

No, the nation is not turning the corner on the coronavirus pandemic, as President Donald Trump claims, but spiraling toward a devastating new wave of illness and death, spread across many states and intensifying as winter cold approaches. This calamity could and should have been met head-on…

In many parts of the world, including predominantly Catholic countries, people who fall in love with people of the same sex continue to suffer persecution, isolation, condemnation and even violence. For that reason alone, Pope Francis’s comments on same-sex civil unions mark a welcome waters…

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Sept. 17 ruling on mail-in ballots. The state high court ruled that ballots cast by mail could be counted if they were received as late as 5 p.m. Nov. 6, three days after the polls open and clo…

Lee Keltner — a Denver-area hat maker who created art with his custom-ordered products — was shot and killed in downtown Denver while attending a rally to support the police and after a physical altercation with an armed man providing security for a television producer. Keltner’s death, like…

For years Washington has debated the fate of a subset of the immigration picture: the flow of trained, sought-after foreign tech workers allowed entry under a visa lottery program. Now the Trump administration is stepping in with a sledgehammer to lower the numbers and tighten the rules.

The Thursday night school board meeting of the Mount Carmel Area School District left a lot to be desired following comments from several members of the public and board member Tony Mazzatesta.

It took some doing but the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has found the sweet spot in balancing the competing interests of pay-as-you-go protocols versus the real-time, real-life struggles of those ensnared in the economic fallout of COVID-19.

In the past few days, President Donald Trump has produced a torrent of provocative statements that have been extreme even by his standards. Among other things, he called on Attorney General William Barr to indict former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former …

We understand the urge. Your neighbor has lawn signs up for a candidate you don’t like, maybe even flags or banners.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg understood, more than anyone else, the enormous consequences of her death. “My most fervent wish,” she said, in a statement dictated to her granddaughter before she died, in her Washington, D.C., home, “is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Luzerne County is taking an unfortunate turn in the national spotlight after a joint federal/county investigation found at least seven overseas military ballots were discarded and that county Election Bureau workers have been opening mail-in ballot envelopes in violation of state law.

Inch by inch, since the start of the pandemic, the White House has sought to sabotage the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the political benefit of President Donald Trump. To an alarming extent, it has succeeded. Once globally recognized as “the best science-based, data-d…

This editorial is not about Amy Coney Barrett. No matter whom President Donald Trump had picked to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat, it would be the wrong choice — because it is the wrong time. Trump is asking Senate Republicans to perpetrate a damaging injustice by ram…

Each September mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members unite behind a common message aimed at saving lives.

“What we want election night to look like is a system that’s fair, a situation where we know who the president of the United States is on election night,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News earlier this month. The former does not imply the latter. Quite the opposit…