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Column: A Wounded Boston Marathoner Now Revels in the Ordinary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby’s room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early — 10:30 — and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. “I started the first wall,” she says. “I love that gray.” Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months …

Column: Jeb Bush May Be the Establishment’s Choice

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Yes, he’s out of touch with the Republican base, out of shape on the campaign trail, and burdened by the disastrous presidency of his older brother, but Jeb Bush could win the Republican presidential nomination. To make it to the top, however, he’ll have to do one thing: Make “Jeb Bush” disappear. …

Column: Vermont Single-Payer: Show Me the Money

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in Britain or Canada. One government-operated system would cover all 620,000 of Vermont’s residents. The hope is that such a system would allow Vermont to get costs …

Column: The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier Last Sunday in church, we read, as has been our custom for several decades now, the so-called Passion of Christ: the story of the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life, from the palm-strewn entry into Jerusalem to his trials and death by crucifixion. Members of the …

Technology Offers a Relief Valve for Teens

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you’re like most middle-class parents, you’ve probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children’s lives to your less-wired childhood, …

The ‘Marriage Penalty’ Victimizes the Poor

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s …

Column: Scoring Cheap Points for Paycheck Fairness

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here’s a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not that you’d know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the …

Column: The Senate and CIA Must Resolve Ugly Dispute About Torture

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voted to declassify parts of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. The White House, the CIA and the Senate still have to negotiate which portions of the report will be redacted before …

Column: Vets Feel Good About Wartime Experience

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more …

Column: Prosecutors Increasingly Use Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

Monday, April 14, 2014

For 16 months, San Francisco Bay area rapper Deandre Mitchell — better known as Laz Tha Boy — has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be …

Column: The Brave New World of Medicine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and …

Column: Alan Dershowitz Takes the Stand

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The snow has finally ended, spring break is behind us, and major-league baseball is under way. That means the 2013-14 college year is entering the home stretch, and at Harvard Law School a legendary law professor will soon …

Column: Boston Marathon Bombing Still Shrouded in Misinformation

Saturday, April 12, 2014

At the Boston Marathon this month, its host city will mark one year since Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly planted two bombs at the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds more. As the nation commemorates the resilience …