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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an evening Iftar meal to break the Muslim fast, with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, July 18, 2014. Abbas said Friday that Palestinians should accept the Egyptian peace initiative. “Our Egyptian brothers were engaged in an initiative upon our request. The main aim of the initiative was to secure an immediate cease fire and to later begin negotiations."(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop …

Editorial: Dueling Verdicts on Obamacare

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act …

Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the …

Editorial: Oversight Needed of Government Labs

Monday, July 21, 2014

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them — without even properly sterilizing them first. What’s worse is that this was one in a string …

Column: Capitalism That Works; The Lessons We Should Be Learning From Spying on Germany

Monday, July 21, 2014

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And …

About Cutting Corporate Taxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee on the topic of assessing the recovery after five years. As you can imagine, congressional testimony can be pretty frustrating these days for members of the fact-based community, but I thought this one covered a lot of …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Editorial: The Co-op Firings

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If the current controversy over the firing of two longtime employees at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon has demonstrated anything conclusively, it is that the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society remains a signature Upper Valley institution about which its members care deeply. There’s no mystery why that’s the …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …

Column: Reading in the Age of the Internet Is a Challenge

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the …

Column: They Fought for a King and a Cause They Did Not Know

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Alongside the many interesting new views of the war that historiography and hindsight have made available a hundred years on, there’s also a new awareness …

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Glenn McCoy, Signe Wilkinson and Darrin Bell …