An earmark doesn’t require politicians to examine and weigh relative priorities or to hold public hearings.
A year-old program to require welfare applicants to undergo drug screening has saved about $350,000 in benefits that otherwise would have been paid. That is a significant savings, but not reason in... Read more »
The leading organization working to open up Utah's nominating system so that more voters can participate, "Count My Vote," has announced that it has raised over $500,000 to support the effort. This... Read more »
Jeff Flake, the Republican senator from Arizona, may have exhibited the best grasp on reality when he told the Weekly Standard that Congress should leave the Affordable Care Act alone and watch it... Read more »
A plan to lease thousands of acres of school trust lands in Eastern Utah for oil and gas exploration is on hold after news of the arrangement upset various interest groups who say they were kept in... Read more »
The Internet has opened a Pandora's box filled with conflicts between individual privacy and free speech, the latest coming as a result of a particularly sleazy practice known as "revenge porn."... Read more »
Secretary of State John Kerry says the Syrian government must face serious consequences if it fails to abide by an agreement to hand over its chemical weapons for destruction. Read more »
Generally, no one is surprised when people who thrive on attention run for elected office. Indeed, it's usually the "public" element of public service that appeals to self-aggrandizing... Read more »
Today marks the 226th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, which established a system of government granting some powers to a federal government and reserving powers to the sovereign states that... Read more »
Syria continues to dominate the attention of the nation and the world, which is entirely appropriate, given the volatility of the situation in the Middle East. Yet as officials continue to weigh... Read more »
Americans are facing a multifaceted retirement crisis. Fewer companies are offering defined pension plans. Many of those who still do, including government employers, are facing deficits requiring... Read more »
Now that Utah's schools have each received a letter grade as part of a state-imposed accountability system, some are calling attention to the fact that Utah's charter schools received roughly the... Read more »
Vladimir Putin's message to Americans in a New York Times op-ed was audacious for what it didn't say. Read more »
Not long after a late-summer downpour unleashed a river of mud above homes in the community of Alpine, volunteers showed up to shovel debris and fill sandbags. They came quickly and worked until... Read more »
A dozen years have passed since the 9/11 attacks, and yet they remain as fresh in everyday life as the awful images that day. Read more »
Russia's offer to help Syria disarm is intriguing, but the administration must remain skeptical in dealing with such untrustworthy actors. Read more »
Some problems are easy to solve, while others take a lot of work. And then there are problems that stubbornly persist despite the best efforts to make them go away. Such is the case with the... Read more »
Now that President Barack Obama has decided to ask Congress for authorization for an attack on Syria, members of Congress can't hide behind general statements about how difficult the situation has... Read more »
The science of determining when a developing fetus feels pain is unsettled, but research is continually finding evidence that it may be earlier than previously imagined. Read more »
Ever since the ancient writer of Ecclesiastes observed that there is nothing new under the sun, people from all walks of life have been trying to prove him wrong. It seems that nothing captures the... Read more »
It has become standard operating procedure for elite universities to spend large amounts of money on developing athletic programs that supposedly enhance revenue and school prestige, although the... Read more »
The Draper police sergeant killed in the line of duty last weekend appears to be the victim of an ambush by a man who reportedly set out with the intent to kill a policeman. We don't know why. We... Read more »
If one thing has become clear in recent years, it is that House Republicans won't necessarily follow in lock-step with their speaker, John Boehner. So when Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric... Read more »
The month of September, when a new school year is still in its infancy, is not typically a time to receive a report card. That changes today, when each school in Utah will receive a letter grade... Read more »
Fast-food workers staged a series of nationwide protests just as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day, which may be coincidental but does bring an interesting perspective to the holiday that... Read more »
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