In a winter when most Americans could use a good news story to lift their patriotic spirits, we find one unfolding — albeit 4,000 miles from here — in snow-covered places like Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Finland. That’s where the women’s U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team, led by the standout p…

When he takes the oath of office today, Joseph R. Biden will become the 46th president of the United States of America. President Biden entered the race for the White House endeavoring to restore the “soul” of America, and he now has his work cut out for him.

The thread binding our democratic republic now pulls on its weakest links: President Donald Trump’s congressional enablers must either stand up for checks and balances or allow partisanship to cripple the legislative branch’s ability to police a demonstrably dangerous executive.

It has come to this — hopefully the final showdown between the president and the integrity of our elections. One way or another, today will be a monumental moment for American democracy, an institution gravely tested by a leader who has forsaken his oath to protect it, instead doing all he c…

With the delivery of the first coronavirus vaccines and more on the way, the new year hopefully will bring the final corner to turn on this deadly pandemic. We must remain diligent, and our guards cannot be let up until the vaccine is sufficiently distributed, but for many it feels like we c…

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I remember the Obama years well. There was a massive surge of national pride when Barack Obama was elected. America had done something important. It had overcome a hurdle on its path to racial inclusion. It had dealt a blow to its past.

Donald Trump’s administration overpromised on coronavirus vaccines. In November, his secretary of health and human services said there would be 40 million doses available by the end of the 2020; he was off by about a month. Trump himself promised 100 million doses in that same period. Everyt…

PITTSFIELD — On Jan. 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the oath of office and was officially sworn in as America’s 46th president. Wasting no time, on day one, he took action to undo what he described as over a dozen of former President Donald Trump’s most harmful policies, which included r…

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