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How much control does the president have over the U.S. economy? Not nearly as much as President Donald Trump claims when the news is good. And not nearly as much as Trump’s critics claim when…

With the coronavirus causing school to be cancelled, my son brought his schoolwork home. He shared with us a Greek mythology worksheet about Pandora’s Box. If you aren’t familiar, the Greek god Zeus gave a…

Just before church began Sunday, I checked the morning’s headlines on my phone.  News flash: Sen. Kamala Harris was endorsing Joe Biden for president. My husband looked at me disapprovingly.  “You’re really addicted,” he whispered…

COVID-19 has lessons for Kansas in handling crises. Citizens and policymakers should use this moment to reflect on how we can protect public health now, and prepare for the next crisis to threaten Kansas. First,…

It takes progressive leadership and real money to have a great country. If we want to live in a place where scientists see problems before they get here, where food is safe and families never…

The coronavirus is here. But fear not. Mass panic is also here. Fear. I’m a doctor and an infectious diseases specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a…

The rapid passage of an $8.3-billion emergency spending plan to fight the spread and severity of the coronavirus shows that Congress and the president are willing to set aside their petty partisanship in the face…

Is “peace in our time” in Afghanistan at hand? President Trump thinks so. He described the agreement signed Saturday by an American diplomat and a Taliban official as providing “a powerful path forward to end…

When I was very young, my parents worked as night janitors at a law firm in Los Angeles. They often took me to work because they couldn’t afford child care, and to keep my grumpiness…

The threat of a coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak isn’t a point-in-time political exigency; it’s one of what we know will be a series of episodic public health challenges. Responding to these challenges will take more than…