Opinion

Column: Can Jeb Bush Lose Battles and Win the War?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It happened just as Jeb Bush was about to explain why he thinks conservatives need to stop being perceived as “anti-everything”: Attendees at the Conservative …

Editorial: Beach of Trust — Increased Thefts of Medical Data

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It is ironic, and deeply troubling, that while laws governing the privacy of medical information have never been tougher, major breaches of that privacy have …

Column: Lobbyists Pray for a Clinton Restoration

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As the wider world awaits Hillary Clinton’s confirmation of her 2016 intentions, Democratic lobbyists in Washington are fixated on a far narrower concern: Will Clinton …

Column: Use the Nuclear Option; Ban the Filibuster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear. In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will to secure a legacy on …

Column: Me and My Laptop: ‘Modern Family’ Looks at Life With Screens

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Dunphys (et al) have gone digital. In Wednesday’s episode of the ABC comedy Modern Family, Claire Dunphy will try to track down her daughter Haley in the wake of an argument. Sounds like a standard plot, but here’s the catch: The episode will take place on Claire’s …

Column: The Inequality of Retirement Anxiety

Monday, February 23, 2015

When it comes to retirement planning, there are two kinds of people: low-income Americans, who worry about saving enough money, and everybody else. That’s the message of a survey out last week from Bankrate, which asked 4,200 people last month why they weren’t saving more for retirement. You …

Column: Where Officers Don’t Carry Guns

Monday, February 23, 2015

In the United States, it seems obvious that police officers carry guns and are allowed to use them. In other places, however, this would be considered a provocation and a violation of law. In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, officers are unarmed when they are on …

Thailand’s Rule by Force

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nine months after staging a coup against a democratically elected government, Thailand’s military has little to show for it. The economy is stagnant, one of the worst performing in Asia. The national “reconciliation” the generals promised is nowhere to be seen: There are hundreds of political prisoners, and …

Column: Home Ec Still Has a Place in Schools

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My junior high home economics experience wasn’t stellar. I stirred the muffins too long, and if you stir the batter too long, the muffins, instead of being nicely rounded on top and evenly textured inside, turn out more …

Editorial: Eggs Are Back

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s been a long time since nutritional advice was as straightforward as “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Changing and sometimes contradictory guidance on what people should eat can make many lurch from fad to fad, or surrender and embrace the doughnut. Latest case in point: …

Column: N.H.’s Pot Possession Law Is Costly for Everyone

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has been quoted as opposing decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults on the grounds that doing so would “send the wrong message.” What is the message …

Column: Unanswerable Questions Are Sometimes the Best Kind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We always got the easy parts, we clever teenagers. We knew that the Jester was Bob Dylan, and that “Jack Flash sat on a candlestick” referred to the Rolling Stones playing Candlestick Park. “Eight miles high and falling fast” was trivial. There were always a few kids who …

Column: ‘Mockingbird’ Reflects a World Divided Between Readers and Nonreaders

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Until a couple of weeks ago, Harper Lee was the model of literary reticence. In the 55 years since the publication of her To Kill a Mockingbird, she had settled into silence, firmly resisting the pleas of her …