Are social media companies anti-social?

In 1964, the novelist Eugene Burdick published “The 480.” The best-selling book described, as Burdick wrote in his preface, “people who work with slide rules and calculating machines and computers which can retain an almost infinite number of bits of information as well as sort, categorize and reproduce this information at the press of a button.”

Trump on drugs

President Donald Trump has finally outlined a comprehensive approach for dealing with the nation’s opioid crisis. He appears to understand that the issue is complex. But his plan to address it is precisely backward in its priorities, underfunded and vague about how it would be carried out.

Facebook users should beware

Ever take one of those silly personality tests on Facebook? Your friends took the quiz (“What city should you actually live in?” was a popular one), so you followed the link to a website, answered some questions and shared the result: “Paris.” All in good fun within your private social media group, right?

Trump’s believe it or not

WASHINGTON — In a rare expression of self-awareness, President Trump admitted — nay, boasted — that he just makes stuff up.

Freedom of speech includes the right to remain silent

WASHINGTON — Governments routinely behave badly, but sometimes their mean-spiritedness comes to the Supreme Court’s attention. On Tuesday, it will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of measures that California’s government has taken to compel pro-life entities to speak against their own mission.

‘Sanctuary’ law could wind up aiding abusive employers

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who oversees the world’s sixth-largest economy, is not to be trifled with, as President Donald Trump probably has learned. The two are at loggerheads over immigration enforcement. We are often inclined to take Brown’s side, but he’s dead wrong on the “sanctuary” immigration measure that California has enacted.

Trump evangelicals have sold their souls

WASHINGTON — With their reactions to the Roy Moore candidacy and the Stormy Daniels scandal, the Trump evangelicals have scaled the heights of hypocrisy to the summit. Family-values conservatives who dismiss credible accusations of sexual abuse and wink at hush money for a porn star have ceased to represent family values in any meaningful sense. They have made a national joke of moral standards that were once, presumably, deeply held. At least when a Democrat violated them.

The Willy Loman presidency

WASHINGTON — One of President Trump’s favorite words is “strong.” His obsession with strength leads him to a love for unilateral announcements, denunciations of staff members by way of showing who is in charge, and Twitter wars designed to prove that he will not back down from any fight.