Democracy’s watchdogs face new challenges

Now more than ever: If daily journalism in America was really doing its job, important facts you’re about to read here – facts proving you’ve been deliberately deceived – wouldn’t seem like news at all.

Make Article 1 great again

What’s the biggest complaint people have about Congress? Most complain that they don’t do anything. And boy, oh boy, they’re well paid for doing nothing. Additionally, because of weakened insider trading restrictions on Congress and without term limits, most end up wealthy when they leave office.

Vote for animals is a vote for humanity

WASHINGTON — For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America’s dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season — and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year.

Immunization fight: politics susceptible to sickness

FLORENCE, Italy — It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical view that the Earth circles the sun. This was one of the main triggers that brought Galileo to the attention of the Inquisition.

The ocean holds wonders, yet we’re destroying it

It’s been said that everything that is to be seen has already been seen. But as far as our planet’s oceans are concerned, nothing could be further from the truth. Just recently, a veteran underwater videographer saw a 26-foot-long pyrosome — a colony of tiny sea animals who link together into a free-floating mass. As if that weren’t fascinating enough, this undulating “ocean worm” has a bioluminescent glow. The awestruck diver put it this way: “Even the most articulate person in the world couldn’t describe that creature that we filmed.”