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Column: The Long, Sweet Season of the World’s Most Beautiful Sport

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It’s hard to believe that one-tenth of the Major League Baseball season has already slipped into the past. Fans pay almost no attention to the standings until around Memorial Day. Baseball plays the longest season of any major sport, and is, for that reason, an excellent counterpoint to the gotta-know-right-now bustle of our world. To take baseball seriously, you have to slow down. The first weeks of the baseball season …

Column: A Seven-Point Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

Thursday, April 24, 2014

All of us across the political spectrum passionately want to reduce gun violence. Shooting deaths such as the one this month at Fort Hood, Texas, and at Colorado’s Arapahoe High School last December unite us in our desire to stop these tragedies and to ensure that our public places are safe. Be that as it may, New Hampshire Republicans do not want their …

Column: Unseemly Clamor for Ginsburg’s Departure

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Washington The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image. The appearance of impropriety. The appearance of corruption. And so it is with lawyers, starting at the top. Competing concerns must be weighed — personal health, institutional interests, legacy, longevity. And so, too, must appearances — of …

Column: Women in India Struggle for Empowerment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tokyo “The Power of 49”: That’s how Indian activists have started describing the potential influence of women, who make up just under 50 percent of the population, in the country’s ongoing elections. Political parties are courting women for the first time as a bloc, a transformative force that …

Column: When the Urge to Hike Strikes, It’s Good to Head for the Hills

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Montpelier I spent a couple of weeks in Kansas once, on the way to the Rockies, and found the experience unsettling. Besides painting a barn and repairing a windmill for gas money, my buddy Sam and I ran daily to keep in shape for the climbing ahead of …

Column: Higher Wages Would Help Small Businesses

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nine or ten dollars an hour? Twelve? Or all the way to $15? For much of the country, significant minimum wage hikes are coming — at least in the areas where they haven’t happened already. Public debate on …

Column: We Must Define and Defend a Clear Red Line

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Gen. James Mattis admonished the 1st Marine Division to “(d)emonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.’ ” That motto could serve as a guiding …

Column: Brave Words From Dartmouth’s President

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line. Because while the stemwinder …

Column: There’s Good News, but Team Obama Has Trouble Conveying It

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Washington Here’s a bit of good news for nervous Democrats: President Barack Obama’s health-care law isn’t going to be the albatross many feared it would be in this year’s congressional elections. Enrollment has soared, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will cost less than initially …

Column: Ambitious Presidents Often Labor Under Legislative Curse

Monday, April 21, 2014

Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Yet almost every time elected officials have tried bold problem-solving in the past …

Column: Danger Lurks in Garment Factories of Dhaka

Monday, April 21, 2014

When I met Rajina Aktar in February of last year, her eyes were still red and her memory still fuzzy from the toxic smoke that had knocked her unconscious three weeks earlier. The 15-year-old had been sewing pockets onto winter jackets when a fire broke out at Smart …

Column: Rising Tide of Income Inequality Is Politically Unsustainable

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York Inequality has come out of the fiscal shadows. U.S. President Barack Obama, a scrupulous consensus-builder who long avoided all zero-sum formulations, is now rallying citizens to stand with him against “the relentless, decades-long trend” of income …

Column: When Full Disclosure Promotes Mischief

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the …