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Column: Big Trouble in China

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the way to remaking China’s economy, President Xi Jinping has hit many roadblocks: vested interests, a change-averse Communist Party, local officials accustomed to the …

Editorial: Live Free or Trump

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The rise of Donald J. Trump to the top of the Republican presidential heap in New Hampshire polls has national political commentators wondering whether Granite …

Column: A Primer on Clinton’s Email Controversy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of state has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead …

Column: Move to End Birthright Citizenship May Doom the GOP in 2016

Friday, August 21, 2015

It may not seem like it, but this week has seen the most significant development yet in the immigration debate’s role in the 2016 election. I’d go even further — it’s possible that the entire presidential election just got decided. Is that an overstatement? Maybe. But hear me …

Friday Forum: An Old Dreamer for Trump; Those Huddled Masses

Friday, August 21, 2015

An Old Dreamer for Trump To the Editor: Although it’s early in the presidential election process, two contrasting personalities are rapidly beginning to stand out, drawing significant energy, crowds and TV ratings from their corresponding constituent bases — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and billionaire Donald Trump. Sanders …

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Column: Where Are America’s New Black Leaders?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The death on Saturday of Julian Bond, a leading 1960s civil rights leader who became chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, raises a deep question about contemporary U.S. politics: Where are today’s young Julian Bonds? Why isn’t there a clear and identifiable national …

Column: The Shift to Renewable Energy Must Account for the Huge Costs

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If promises matter, it’s been a very good stretch for renewable power. At the end of July, Hillary Clinton said that as president she would aim to get 33 percent of U.S. electricity from renewable sources by 2027 — up from about 13 percent today (half of it …

Editorial: Colleges Must Honor the Commitment Student-Athletes Make

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Faced with a question that didn’t belong before it in the first place — are students on athletic scholarships employees of the colleges they play for? — the National Labor Relations Board has unanimously decided to follow the …

Thursday Forum: Questions for Control Advocates; Democracy Deserves Better; Welcome Visitors to Nursing Homes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rapid Fire Questions To the Editor: The recent spate of columns, cartoons and letters advocating stricter gun laws begs many questions, a few of which follow: If an unprovoked assault on an innocent victim is an immoral act, what is the moral justification for failing to act immediately …

Editorial: Sabotaging Educational Standards Will Hurt the Poor and Minorities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The ideologues have so disfigured Common Core that supporters of the educational reform now dare not speak its name. “The term ‘Common Core’ is so darned poisonous, I don’t even know what it means,” Jeb Bush said in response to a question at the Iowa State Fair on …

Column: A Better Iran Deal Is Illusory

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, all of whom oppose the Iran nuclear deal, have created their own virtual worlds when it comes to dealing with the Tehran regime. Most say that, if elected, they would cancel the agreement, get Congress to reinstate broader U.S. sanctions and then persuade the rest …

Column: As Cod Season Winds Down, There’s Not a Moment to Lose

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Baccalieu Island, Newfoundland About an hour ago our fishing boat left the protected harbor of Bay de Verde, and right away pitched into a heavy swell and brisk wind. The helmsman turned into the waves and throttled back, while the two other members of the crew lowered a …