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Biden inaugural confronts Jan. 6 riot head-on, calls for end to 'this uncivil war'

President Biden’s setting of the scene as “our winter of peril and significant possibilities” may have been the speech’s original theme, but its more stark call for an end to “this uncivil war” was surely more recent.... Read more»0

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Coronavirus: 'Our goal should be to crush the curve'

A doctor-scholar who studied the 1976 mishandling of swine flu says the president is wrongly choosing between saving lives and saving the economy.... Read more»0

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Trump hits populist notes in inaugural address

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, it seemed no one knew exactly what to expect. The speech was much more than sober. It largely lacked lofty language, but contained a full-throated populist vision, delivered with confidence.... Read more»0

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Donald Trump and the return of seditious libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.... Read more»1

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Sound, fury and the IRS mess

ProPublica’s job is to report the news rather than to make news ourselves, but sometimes we find an article of ours to be itself a subject of public debate. Last week was such a time, when two articles we had published back in December and January became the subject of significant attention in light of the uproar over IRS oversight of the process for granting tax exemption to so-called “social welfare” groups.... Read more»0

Previous WSJ owners regret sale to Murdoch

A number of key members of the family which controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the prestigious daily to Rupert Murdoch if they had been aware of News International's conduct in the phone-hacking scandal at the time of the deal. ... Read more»0