Columns

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Burlington, Vt., where he formally announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

Column: Does Sanders Deserve Coverage?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the media cover candidates who don’t have a realistic chance at winning? Ryan Cooper, the national correspondent for The Week, and Dylan Byers of Politico answer it by complaining the press hasn’t treated Sanders fairly. But they are wrong …

Column: Winners, No Real Losers, in Irish Vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Boston Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester or Southie three decades ago that Ireland would be the first nation in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote. It is a mark of how …

Column: What Candidates Really Need to Talk About

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington It’s far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate’s ideology, should be expected to address. Issues of character and judgment matter, whether they involve Hillary Clinton’s emails and speaking fees or Jeb Bush’s rearview …

Column: The Reluctant Grownups

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In a recent interview, actor Simon Pegg — Shaun of the Dead, various Star Treks, and noted geek — said a number of things that immediately got the Internet up in arms: Comic-book movies are infantilizing us. We care too much about superheroes. We no longer frequent Gritty …

Column: Rand Paul’s Stands Hurt Him in the GOP

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Washington Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south. The libertarian Kentucky senator’s new book, Taking a Stand, came out Tuesday, and it is …

Column: The Beautiful Ideas of John Nash Changed Economic Thinking

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The world will be a poorer place without John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory, who died Saturday at 86 in a car crash along with his wife. Most Nash retrospectives (and the movie about him) …

Willem Lange: All Aboard for the Mount Washington Summit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway There’s always an air of slightly anxious anticipation among the crowds of people waiting to board the passenger cars of the cog railway. It’s most noticeable among those who haven’t been up the mountain …

Column: The Right’s Own Political Correctness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is …

Column: As Whites Are Poised to Lose Majority Status, Backlash Is Muted

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a nonwhite-majority nation, a shift the U.S. is on track to achieve by mid-century. Certainly no nation has done so after half …

Column: Exercise Is Great, but Diet Drives Weight

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The fitness industry has never been stronger. Health clubs in the United States brought in $22.4 billion in 2013, doubling their revenue in just 15 years. Sales of fitness trackers (the wearable devices that measure everything from your …

Column: GOP to the Rescue on Obamacare?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday predicted what would happen if Republicans won the King v. Burwell case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide any week now. The Journal said that if Obamacare subsidies disappeared in states with (mostly) Republican governors, there could be another …

Column: A Veteran Scorns ‘Happy Memorial Day’

Monday, May 25, 2015

I have friends buried in a small corner of a rolling green field just down the road from the Pentagon. They’re permanently assigned to Section 60. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s 14 acres in …

Column: Honk if You Hate Political Bumper Stickers

Monday, May 25, 2015

The other day I spotted an arresting bumper sticker: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for the Other Guy.” Unlike so many similar decals, it bore no hint of which “other guy” was under discussion. Just blue words on a plain white background. The driver might have been a …