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Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the blind haze of overwhelming joy clouding all reason and logic. I developed a passion for teaching at a for-profit school in Southern California, and it was exhilarating. My students were inquisitive, thoughtful, and eager to share their ideas. Many were first-generation Americans, and many more …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death and destruction, that may seem utterly hopeless. But in fact, many of the tools we …

Column: Don’t Imprison Heroin Mothers and Babies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several stints in prison. She even gave birth to me in prison, where I lived for …

Column: Style and Substance: Bobby Jindal Could Be a Contender in 2016

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give …

Column: How to Stop Putin’s Drive for Domination

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are still unanswered: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin up to? How far will …

Willem Lange: Even in the Bustle of the City, People Crave the Natural World

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The TV crew and I stood this morning beside a couple of fortresslike granite buildings with 19th-century-style hip roofs, ocher-colored grout, and fancy exposed rafter tails. They were designed, a brochure informs me, by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson. There was water on one side of the …

Column: In a Time of Crisis, the Usual Petty Politics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and …

Column: Man Walked on the Moon, and We All Watched

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It was, after all, only a boot-crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much. But we saw it, on TV. We saw it and were changed, along with the human world around us. Like many readers, I was sitting in a …

Column: Eat More Fish, but Not From the Seven Seas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood …

Column: The Death Penalty Violates Human Dignity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And …

Column: Capitalism That Works; The Lessons We Should Be Learning From Spying on Germany

Monday, July 21, 2014

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells …

Editorial: Oversight Needed of Government Labs

Monday, July 21, 2014

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them — without even properly sterilizing them first. What’s worse is that this was one in a string …