Opinion

Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building …

Column: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and He Thinks He’s Extraordinary

Monday, February 8, 2016

A few years ago, an internationally respected 68-year-old physicist fell for a sweetheart scam. Paul Frampton met a young supermodel online, became convinced he was …

Editorial: Be Frank With Asian Leaders

Monday, February 8, 2016

President Obama has invited 10 heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to an unprecedented summit in California later this month — …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, bricks and mortar. The New York Times later wrote that, according to a source, Amazon’s plans are more modest, and analysts are also …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state’s voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians, consider their government to be …

Forum: End Planned Parenthood Inquiry; Not an Endorsement; Ignore the Fear-Mongers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m …

Column: What If It Were Cruz versus Sanders in November?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote a column imagining an improbable contest for the presidency between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This was a thought experiment that played with the idea that such a …

Editorial: N.H. Executive Council Should Reverse Planned Parenthood Decision

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Political life is rife with all sorts of dishonesty, but in some respects the worst is the intellectual variety. A notorious example is now playing out in the New Hampshire Executive Council, the five-member body that, among other duties, confirms gubernatorial appointees and approves all state contracts over …

Editorial: Ruling Out Senility on the Bench

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists …