EDITORIAL

Trump’s cruel, unnecessary transgender ban

President Trump’s decision on transgender service members looks like an ugly appeal to shore up his base, and chip away another piece of President Obama’s legacy.

Editorial

Mass. should pass gun restraining order bill

The measure would allow family members to seek court orders taking guns from potentially violent people before they cause harm.

EDITORIAL

Momentous SJC immigration ruling still needs legislative support

The state may not be able to stop outrageous immigration policy, but there’s never been a more important time to declare it won’t help them, either.

EDITORIAL

Jane Sanders’ Vermont deal deserves scrutiny — and fairness

The investigation boils down to a simple question: Was a loan obtained through fraudulent means?

EDITORIAL

Republicans must challenge Trump on health care

Republicans must remind President Trump of his own health care promises.

EDITORIAL

For Mission Hill, a senseless loss to gun violence

Andres “Cholo” Cruz’s death speaks to the harsh and often random nature of gun violence, made all the easier because of ready access to illegal weapons.

EDITORIAL

Congress fiddles as Trump burns

Congress must either stand up for an independent Justice Department, or remain silent as President Trump tries to turn it into part of his personal political operation.

EDITORIAL

Don’t ban public funding of abortions in Mass.

The nationwide campaign to curb abortion rights through grass-roots political action has arrived in Massachusetts.

EDITORIAL

The human cost of Trump’s health care tantrum

Donald Trump’s comments on Tuesday mark an astonishing abdication of responsibility.

EDITORIAL

Lobbyist or legislator? Brian Dempsey can’t be both

Dempsey, of Haverhill, needs to resign his seat quickly to eliminate any perceptions of conflict of interest.

Editorial

Update Mass. laws to break child sexual abuse cycle

Massachusetts state Senator Joan B. Lovely was sexually abused as a 6-year-old by a maternal uncle, trauma that ultimately has led her to file comprehensive legislation to protect kids.

EDITORIAL

From bad to worse on guns

Would tossing guns into Washington’s toxic stew really make lawmakers safer?

EDITORIAL

Whoa, Nelly. Slow down on horse fund.

Lawmakers aren’t ready to pull the plug on the horse fund just yet. But it would be better to let the money pile up, so that the funds will still be available for wiser public uses in the future,

EDITORIAL

In MBTA police verdict, a measure of accountability

The conviction of a former MBTA police officer is an important verdict for communities of color because it delivers a measure of police accountability.

EDITORIAL

Mass. can lead research on gun violence

With progress at the federal level stymied by pro-gun politicians, states have to take the lead investigating how guns get here. Studying the state’s trace data is one way to start.

Letters

With Trump, the US cedes leadership in R&D

“I can only concur with the view of the writer that a slash in funds for R&D by the government would be not only a mistake but a national disaster.” — Nelson Marans

EDITORIAL

Smoke, meet fire

Donald Trump Jr.’s e-mails mark a grave escalation of the Russia scandal engulfing Washington.

EDITORIAL

The US is a democracy, not a family dynasty

Qualifications and experience are supposed to matter, not bloodlines or family connections.

EDITORIAL

A hopelessly outdated voter registration deadline

There is no good argument for keeping the archaic 20-day rule in place.

EDITORIAL

Plug the loopholes in alimony reform

The Massachusetts Legislature must confront a thorny question about couples left behind in alimony reform.

EDITORIAL

Meehan intends to ‘clean up’ UMass Boston. Here’s a good place to start.

UMass president Martin Meehan says he intends to clean up the Boston campus. Scrutinizing the payroll seems like a good place to start.

EDITORIAL

Fighting back against for-profit universities

Two Massachusetts students are suing New England Institute of Art in Brookline, charging that the for-profit school made deceptive claims. Their lawsuit has merit.

Editorial

Using ‘free speech’ as a cover for discrimination

The Supreme Court case of a Colorado cake maker will pit free speech against civil rights.

EDITORIAL

A life-changing summer for every Boston kid

The Boston summer learning model, paid for with public and private funds, is worthy of replication.

The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident.