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October 16, 2018

Per-capita consumption of sugar and other caloric sweeteners was down in the U.S. in 2017 for the third straight year — and 13th out of the past 18. And this time, consumption of refined sugar, which had been rising over the past decade as consumers (and soft-drink makers) turned away from…


The U.S. needs to crack down on white-collar crime

October 16, 2018

This has been a banner season for punishing white-collar crime. Guilty pleas by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime personal lawyer, and criminal convictions and additional guilty pleas in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have drawn enormous attention.…


Proposed amendments raise serious policy questions

October 16, 2018

There's a lot of bad information going around about the six constitutional amendments on this year's ballot.

The questions on your ballot were written by legislators who want them to sound as enticing as possible. They're like the ads for $99 plane tickets that fail to mention baggage and other add-…


Life after Roe could open opportunity for understanding

October 15, 2018

There's a scene in the new movie "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer," that should launch candid conversations around the country. Alexis McGuire (played by Sarah Jane Morris), the lead prosecutor in the case against the Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, is depicted at…