Kevin McDermott is a member of the Post-Dispatch Editorial Board.
Once, some would have quietly wondered whether the powerful people who risked exposure at Jeffrey Epstein’s trial might have had him killed and made his death look like suicide. What’s different in today’s conspiracy culture is that, to a great many people, no other explanation is even plausible.
The mother of all First-World problems — a few days without my cell phone — provides a sobering illustration of how many things technology has given us. And how much it's taken.
President Donald Trump’s vilification of Baltimore — and Chicago, Atlanta, Ferguson and other urban, largely black areas — speaks to a divide that goes beyond race. We are, perhaps more than in the past, two Americas: urban, and not. And he has clearly chosen sides.
If reducing the number of young men’s bodies on the pavement was the only metric for determining what progress Ferguson’s eruption has spurred in America in the past five years, it would have to be said that progress has been nil.
A recent Trump administration edict slashing federal data collection of honey bee populations was presented as a budget-cutting move. But critics say it has a darker motive: It comes as the administration is allowing expanded use of previously banned pesticides known to impact honey bee populations. It's of a pattern already seen with Republican data-suppression on issues like guns, climate change and taxes.
If someone were to design a tragedy for the specific purpose of rousing America from its gun-addled stupor to finally create sane national gun policies, it would look like Sandy Hook. Yet, seven years later, the only legal progress made has been in punishing the people who lie about it.
Gun owners were ready to stock up on weapons if Hillary Clinton became president. What should Americans stock up on in case of a second term for Donald Trump?
Here are some of the biggest of the “big lies” that President Donald Trump and his supporters have managed to pass off to too many Americans as truth, just by saying them repeatedly.