Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said.

Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions - most recently last year - since Syria's crisis began in March 2011.


Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown may ...

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything — except health care

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that. But on health care, she's with Bernie.

Warren, a Massachusetts senator and a leading liberal Democratic presidential candidate, has stood out in the 2020 race for her extraordinary focus on detailed plans to address the nation's most pressing issues. Her website ...

UK’s Johnson draws comparison to Hulk, promises Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew comparisons between himself and a comic book hero in a recent interview in which he vowed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union at the end of October, as planned....

NY schools first to have ‘red flag’ petition power on guns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms.

About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow ...

Opioid Crisis: A 20-Year Conspiracy Against Patients

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, may have been the prime mover in the Big Bang of opioids in the 1990s, when doctors were aggressively treating pain and OxyContin was pushed as a non-addictive medication. But Purdue didn't act alone.

The Suburban Vote Isn’t as Blue as It Looks

My colleague, David Wasserman wrote a (typically) insightful analysis on GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop's narrow win in Thursday's special election in North Carolina's 9th district. His main conclusion was that the special election continued a trend we've seen since 2016 of suburbs voting more Democratic, while small town and rural areas are turning an even deeper shade of red.

Criticisms Illustrate Need for State Dept. Human Rights Panel

In early July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched the Commission on Unalienable Rights. "The commission's mission," he explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "isn't to discover new principles but to ground our discussion of human rights in America's founding principles." The announcement of the panel's existence and mandate immediately triggered a barrage of skepticism, indignation, and anger. The misunderstandings that the criticisms embody underscore the urgency of the commission's work.It's not as if the movement to protect human rights internationally is free from confusion and...

America Needs Jobs, Not Chinese Imports

J.P. Morgan estimates that President Trump's tariffs will cost American families up to $1,000 next year. We have heard this before and we'll hear it again. But the fact is that tariffs ...

Resist? Grow Up, Democrats

Perhaps we should back off from the Third Reich analogies and begin to take our duties as citizens seriously.