Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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People who resist the expansion of freedom in this country lose. They may notch temporary victories, but in the long haul they don’t prevail — not on civil rights or women’s rights, and they won't on gay rights.
Oblivious to that lesson of history, House Republicans are fighting to preserve the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union between...Read more »
The satisfying thuds you keep hearing from the British bank Barclays are the sounds of heads rolling. You may not have recognized this noise right away because it is so very rare in banks on this side of the pond.
Barclays appears to have manipulated the crucial London Interbank Offered Rate, which may sound obscure but is used to set all kinds of other rates, including for consumer lending,...Read more »
Editorial cartoonists from around the country are sketching out opinions on the Supreme Court's ruling last week to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
We just assembled a new gallery of some of the best cartoons on the topic.
CARTOONS: Click here to view the gallery...Read more »
Republicans on the Westchester County Board of Legislators are calling on county Executive Rob Astorino and members of his administration to attend a meeting (a committee of the whole) to hammer out a compromise on the day care issue.
They sent an email to Astorino and Board Chairman Ken Jenkins on Monday, which comes days after a Newsday column on this same issue, calling for some sort of...Read more »
Many Americans know that most of the world's rich, democratic countries--Germany, France, England, Canada, Australia, Japan and so forth--have universal health insurance. People in these places don't routinely go bankrupt as a result of medical bills, or die for want of care. Some Americans even know that, while these nations cover everybody, they also spend way less than we do in proportion to...Read more »
Rockland County got another dose of bad news when Standard and Poor’s on Friday downgraded the county’s rating to a notch above junk status.
In doing so, S&P joins Moody's as credit rating agencies that don’t like the county’s fiscal trajectory. They, too, cited Rockland’s failure to get state approval for $80 million in borrowing to pay down its deficit and for not getting millions in...Read more »