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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: They Put Down My Pats — I Shake Them Off

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington I never knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on …

Column: Court Will Rule Against ACA Provision

Friday, January 30, 2015

Conservatives in Washington are increasingly confident that the Supreme Court will rule this summer that the White House has gone beyond its legal authority in …

Column: Barbie Doll Still Has Legs: Just Ask My 4-Year-Old Daughter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mattel chief executive Bryan Stockton resigned Tuesday after a five-quarter sales slump and three years of flagging sales of the company’s best-known brand, Barbie. It …

Column: Fear in Our Times, and Overcoming It

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Terror began to influence American politics well before Sept. 11, 2001, but the day’s events surely intensified the role fear plays in our nation’s public life. My own response that day was a mixture of denial and unfocused fear. In the weeks and months that followed, I resisted …

Column: Scandinavia Is Great — Just Not That Great

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“What’s there not to love?” actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC’s expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. “Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby — even if you don’t have a baby, …

Column: Children of Secular Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in …

Sunday Forum: Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response to Cancer; Battling Climate Change on the Home Front

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response To the Editor: How fortunate for Cassandra C. that the Connecticut Supreme Court has seen fit to save her from suicide by treatment refusal. Here is what Cassandra’s opinion piece last Sunday (“A 17-Year-Old Asks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?”) doesn’t tell you: This …

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Editorial: Deflated Expectations for the Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Judging by the intensity of the discussion, we might have expected to hear by now that the New England Patriots were complicit in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but no, America — or a goodly portion of it — has been obsessing this week about the proper care …

City of Paris Might Have a Defamation Case Against Fox News

Monday, January 26, 2015

American commentators were quick to dismiss Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s threat to sue Fox News over its false and mistaken claims that certain areas of the city were “no-go zones” for non-Muslims. It’s true that Fox News doesn’t broadcast in France, and also true that in the U.S. …

Friday, January 23, 2015

Editorial: Big Money and a Lack of Transparency

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years ago , the Supreme Court turned a corner on campaign finance. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court held that corporations could undertake unrestricted independent spending in election campaigns, overturning decades of restrictions on corporate money in politics by saying that the money represented …

Column: President’s Speech Omitted Looming Entitlement Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This …