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Why the GMO future troubles me

Like many people, I’ve long wondered about the safety of genetically modified organisms. They’ve become so ubiquitous that they account for about 80 percent of the corn grown in the United States, yet we know almost nothing about what damage might ensue if the transplanted genes spread through global ecosystems.

OK, Congress, this may be your last chance to fix the NSA

One of the most striking things about the trove of classified NSA files that Edward Snowden made public last year is that the agency was mostly doing what it was told. Its spying operations — so staggering in scale, in variety, in sophistication — had generally been vetted by lawyers, tolerated by Congress, endorsed by the White House and approved by a court.

Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Department of Justice wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for handicapped children, DOJ’s aim is to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort enjoyed by affluent DOJ lawyers.

Partisanship breaks the government

This could be a rather heated winter. All three branches of government are on course to collide over partisan politics, constitutional authority and scope of power, particularly as vested in the executive branch.

Fixing the ailing USPS

Congress is like a helicopter parent when it comes to the U.S. mail. It wants the Postal Service to operate independently, without federal funding, and yet it hovers overhead, dictating every move of the organization — rate increases, days of delivery, employee benefits.

Plans would dismember immigration law

The executive actions reportedly planned by President Barack Obama, as outlined by Fox News, are shocking in their scope and disregard for the well-being of Americans, not to mention their contempt for the democratic process and the wishes of the public. The purported actions are not an overhaul of immigration policy, or a set of reforms, but a dismemberment of immigration law.

Wage freeze

Many a pundit accused the 2014 midterm election of being a “Seinfeld election” — that is, an election “about nothing.” Certainly it lacked one clearly dominant issue, in the way that, say, the 2006 midterm was a referendum on President George W. Bush’s policy in Iraq. But if the just-completed campaign had no theme, it did have a context: People went to the polls — or, in massive numbers, stayed home — amid the increasingly widespread realization that, despite the U.S. economy’s gradual recovery from the “Great Recession,” middle-class family incomes are still not growing very much.