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Column: How The American Psychological Association Lost Its Way

Monday, August 3, 2015

The American Psychological Association is in crisis. Last December, a Senate Intelligence Committee report laid bare the extensive involvement of individual psychologists in the CIA’s black-site torture program. Then, in early July, a devastating independent report by a former federal prosecutor determined that more than a decade ago APA leaders — including the director of ethics — began working secretly with military representatives. Together they crafted deceptively permissive ethics policies …

Column: Critics Hate Benghazi Film They Haven’t Seen

Monday, August 3, 2015

Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi might not turn out to be the biggest film of 2016, but it could prove the most controversial. The studio released a two-and-a-half-minute trailer this week, and already critics are denouncing what little they’ve seen. Bay’s gaudy, implausible popcorn movies — the Transformer series, for instance — are often derided as “Bayhem.” But this …

Column: The Harm of Overdiagnosing Breast Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

If you haven’t gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing fewer screening mammograms, not more. The data that support this conclusion come from studying the effects of mammography across time and place. A couple of years ago a …

Column: Why Bernie Sanders Will Not Be Able to Pull Off the Upset

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hillary Clinton is once again campaigning for president as the prohibitive front-runner, and once again, she faces a challenge from an insurgent progressive outsider with grass-roots support. And once again, while Clinton (re)introduced herself to voters in a …

Column: Candidates Struggle to Relate to an Atomized Electorate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

This year’s presidential field is one of the most crowded and diverse in modern history. This has its carnival aspects — as with the furor over Donald Trump’s provocative statements on immigration and crime. But Trump’s remarks have …

Steve Nelson: Police, Minorities and Escalating Violence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Violent incidents between white police officers and black citizens seem a daily occurrence these days. This week, a white University of Cincinnati police officer was charged with murdering a black father of 10 whom he stopped for failure to display a front license plate. This indictment follows close …

Column: Death Panel Hoax Is Put to Rest

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington Sometimes it’s good news when a story isn’t news. Such was the case when Medicare announced in early July that it intended to reimburse physicians for time spent counseling patients about choices for their “advanced care,” that is, medical treatment when they are very sick and near …

Column: Clinton Gets Specific on Corporate Reforms

Saturday, August 1, 2015

By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it’s Clinton who has been proposing to push …

Column: A Rescue of Syrian Christians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their …

Column: Scouts’ Decision Isn’t About the Kids

Friday, July 31, 2015

Any Boy Scout can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they’re not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days …

Column: An Attack on Planned Parenthood, and on Women’s Health Care

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women’s health care for nearly a century. Each year, 2.7 million people come to our health centers for high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care. Since our very beginning, our health centers, …

Editorial: Fund Alzheimer’s Research

Friday, July 31, 2015

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease tallied a small victory last week, when two new drugs were found that possibly slow its relentless attack on brain cells. But the search for a cure isn’t moving nearly quickly enough. Alzheimer’s kills about 100,000 Americans every year and undermines the final …

Column: Who Will Cover Local News?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Everybody who’s been paying attention knows that it’s been a tough decade for American newspapers. But every once in a while it’s worth checking in on just how bad it’s been. The release of the American Society of News Editors’ annual newsroom census on Tuesday provides an opportunity …