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In early February, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced plans to rescind a rule requiring payday loan lenders to accurately assess whether borrowers can repay them. The Obama-era regulation was meant to curtail some of the short-term loan industry’s notoriously predatory practices.

The biannual shifting of the clocks took place Sunday morning, and you might still be a little discombobulated. The transition to daylight saving time each March means losing the extra hour of night we enjoyed when the clocks shifted back four months earlier, and it can take a while for slee…

Wisconsin’s largest newspaper and a small Madison paper produced mostly by teens are among the honorees of the 2019 Openness Awards, or Opees, bestowed annually by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. Other winners include a Wausau-based citizens environmental group and a state sena…

In a Monday editorial, The Gazette gave a “Thumbs down to inflated property assessments.” The piece incorrectly interprets that a settled lawsuit carries the same legal standing as an actual ruling on the matter by a judge or jury. That is not correct. Recent settlements of big-box “dark sto…

Gov. Tony Evers last week released his state budget proposal for the 2019-21 biennium. The amount of money going to various state agencies and programs will undoubtedly change as the budget works its way through the Legislature. However, the governor’s proposal marks a stark contrast in prio…

I recently took a walk in my neighborhood on one of our milder days. I like to walk and bike in the Janesville because I get an opportunity to talk to people and get a different perspective. I was disappointed but not surprised to have to walk on sidewalks that were icy, and in some cases snow covered.

Someone pass the smelling salts. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued another rebuke to the Justice Department in its quest to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger and unanimously affirmed the trial judge’s ruling. As a legal matter this is a stone-cold knockout.

To many Roman Catholics worldwide, the very fact of senior bishops listening to victims of clerical sexual abuse and the pope condemning the evil in vivid language no doubt came as a shock. The main body of the church has long shifted away from the United States and Western Europe, and the f…

The Green New Deal resolution introduced in Congress calls for a massive U.S. mobilization over 10 years to achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while creating millions of high-wage jobs and sustainable economic growth. Unfortunately, while the science and need for federal action on climate change are clear, we can’t expect serious policymaking on the topic to come out of Washington until 2021 at the earliest.

After eight years of reforms, Wisconsin is in a great position. Our economy is strong and unemployment continues to be at historic lows. Moreover, our state budget has a $2.4 billion surplus for the upcoming budget cycle. This healthy surplus has been achieved while K-12 schools are funded a…

By some scientific measures, Donald Trump’s presidency is not an aberration but part of a long-running trend. In his use of language, Trump is off the charts in his absence of analytical statements, as well as his expressions of confidence. Both of those tendencies are correlated with succes…

The Supreme Court this week struck a blow against one of the most insidious practices of the American criminal justice system: the unfair confiscation of property from people convicted—or even merely suspected—of committing a crime. So-called civil asset forfeiture has been a cash cow for po…

Here in Wisconsin there is a tradition of hunting. From the Saturday before Thanksgiving until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it’s gun deer hunting season. Many schools in northern Wisconsin actually have the entire week of school off because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have enough teacher…

It’s time for Wisconsin to rethink the runaway tax break that allows manufacturers and other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes. Gov. Tony Evers wants to rein in this wasteful tax break and redirect the benefits to the middle class, but Republican lawmakers are fighting tooth …

As he was dying of AIDS-related pneumonia, the tennis great Arthur Ashe answered a reporter’s question about the greatest burden he had faced in life. The reporter might have expected Ashe to cite his diminishing health. Instead, Ashe, who grew up in segregated Richmond, Virginia, said “bein…

For some, Valentine’s Day is a day not of love but of profound, despairing loneliness. The candies, cards and flowers from kind people can sometimes serve to open a void of despair, a black hole of unhappiness for them. They are people made lonely through disease. Some lonely for life.

In recent decades, U.S. marijuana laws have liberalized substantially. Recreational marijuana use is now legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and many more states have legalized marijuana for medical use. In response, legalization opponents have claimed that marijuana use increas…

In 2000, when I was 19 and having an existential and Adderall-fueled nervous breakdown, I came home from college for a long weekend and sobbed in my mother’s arms. She held me and shushed me, and then—feeling like she was out of options, she’d tell me later—took out a fat, round, green pill …

Defending a product that kills 1,300 people a day might seem like a throwback Washington kind of thing, but we have to give U.S. Sen. Richard Burr some credit: He’s finding some new, if weird, ways to defend the cigarette industry.