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Column: There Is Blame to Go Around in Bland Case

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington One would hope that it is possible for a white policeman and a black citizen to come into contact in a routine traffic stop …

Editorial: Seasons Never End for Young Athletes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When it came to this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the …

Column: What’s Behind Polarization of Voters?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in …

Column: Candidates Agreeing to Disagree, Even When They Agree

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

With the spotlight on Donald Trump’s continuing attacks on John McCain, you may have missed a more traditional skirmish in nomination politicking: the pretend fight between Jeb Bush and Scott Walker over the U.S. deal with Iran. At issue (supposedly) is whether the new president will start to …

Forum: The Republican Reality; Not Interested in a Union; Diplomacy, Not War

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Republican Reality To the Editor: In Greg Jaffe’s July 16 Washington Post article (“Obama Says War Was Next Absent Deal”), Speaker Boehner’s aide described Obama as “hopelessly disconnected from reality” in the nuclear deal with Iran. If anyone is outside reality, it is the Republicans. This is …

Column: Border ‘Crisis’ Is Easing, Not Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Washington Donald Trump is entitled to his own opinions, not his own facts, to paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Trump gets a lot wrong in his comments about immigration and Mexico. There is no evidence that Mexican officials are dispatching criminals across a porous border, and immigrants don’t commit …

Column: Court Must Uphold Religious Freedom

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A group of Catholic nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, wants relief from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that it offer contraceptive coverage to its employees. The nuns lost a court case last week — and everyone who cares about religious freedom should be troubled by the …

Column: Clinton’s Growth Agenda

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For most of a generation, Democrats have divided into two broad camps on economic policy. There are “growth Democrats,” who argue that a rising tide will lift all boats; that was the reigning view during the Bill Clinton administration under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers. …

Editorial: Speaking Freely

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When the results are finally in on election night, politicians are fond of saying, “ Well, the people have spoken.” Indeed they have, but that’s not all they are entitled to say, a point that seems to be increasingly lost on local officials in New Hampshire. In Alton, …

Column: Beware of Evidence You Wanted to Find

Monday, July 20, 2015

“No Irish Need Apply.” The signs are legendary in the collective memory of Irish Americans. Our ancestors were warned away from the jobs that were open only to “real Americans,” not to the Papist hordes streaming across the Atlantic, with their drinking and their brawling and their unsavory …

Column: The Iran Deal Is Worse Than I Feared

Monday, July 20, 2015

Washington When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday, the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. …

Editorial: Overtime, Overdue

Monday, July 20, 2015

Is a secretary or a mid-level office worker a manager? Most people probably wouldn’t think so, but the federal Fair Labor Standards Act begs to differ. Right now any salaried worker who makes more than $23,660 a year and whose duties include “the exercise of discretion and independent …

Column: Insuring Against Climate Catastrophe

Monday, July 20, 2015

Go Set a Watchman isn’t the only book this year that brings new perspective to an old story line. Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet should shift our narrative on climate change. The old story line: People need to worry about climate change because doubling …