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Column: Let’s Call the Assault on Ukraine What It Is

Monday, November 24, 2014

It’s time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia’s assault on Ukraine. I mean “invasion.” The world is witnessing a Russian invasion of a neighboring country, something that hasn’t happened since the fall of the Soviet Union (except for Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia). As U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander, stated bluntly last week: “Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense …

Column: They Got What They Wanted: Market Competition

Monday, November 24, 2014

As the Affordable Care Act moved into its second open enrollment period on Nov. 15, critics seized on the fact that some beneficiaries are in for unpleasant surprises. Some of those who enrolled last time will face higher premiums if they stay with their current plans. They will have to shop around on …

Column: Thanks for a Holiday That Honors the Older Generation

Monday, November 24, 2014

Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go,” goes the 1844 Thanksgiving poem. These days, it’s more often sung as “Grandmother’s house,” and we’re more likely to travel by jet than by sleigh. Still, it’s a familiar journey. Thanksgiving remains very much associated with grandparents. More than any other holiday on our national calendar, it’s about honoring the family …

Column: Immigration Action Might Open Other Doors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama’s plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability …

Column: Cynical Origins of Obamacare Revealed

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of …

Column: Are Electric Cars Greener? That Depends

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Long thought a thing of the future, electric cars are becoming mainstream. Sales in the United States of plug-in, electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. Credible forecasts see the number rising within a decade to half a million vehicles per year, which would easily exceed sales of the …

Willem Lange: Back at Camp, as an Observer

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hell Gate, N.H. Hell Gate seems like a strange name for a shrine, doesn’t it? But a shrine is what it is, for several of us here this week. Not quite on the order of the Ka’aba in Mecca, the Western Wall, Canterbury Cathedral or Santiago de Compostela. …

Column: Time for U.S. to Upgrade Thinking on Nukes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The publicized mishaps — they shouldn’t be called scandals — in recent years by Air Force and Navy personnel in charge of nuclear weapons give the White House and Congress a chance to rethink the U.S. deterrence mission …

Column: Joseph Kennedy’s Lesson for Pot Investors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big-time investors hoping to profit from America’s emerging business in legalized marijuana might see a bit of themselves in the historic example of Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of President John F. Kennedy. Back in 1933, the Kennedy patriarch made sure his liquor firm would be the first …

In Defeat, Nancy Pelosi Stays the Course

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

There are five 2014 House races still to be decided before we can answer a question of historical interest: Was this the worst election for House Democrats since 1928? Or merely their worst since 1946? Either way, the results do not reflect well on the House Democratic leader, …

Birthrate Is Just About Right in America

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The new demographic reality for the United States, Europe and many countries in Asia and Latin America is an aging population. Governments will face increasing financial pressure as the number of taxpayers shrinks and baby boomers retire. Many see a broad threat to their economies; some countries have …

Column: Mia Love — Black, Mormon and Republican — Courts Controversy

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mia Love is already getting more attention than most of her newly elected congressional colleagues. She is Haitian American, a woman, daughter of immigrants, Mormon, Republican and from Utah, all things that she seems eager to boast about, except when she isn’t, as those who contrasted her post-election …

To Rebound, Obama Should Give Up Golf

Monday, November 17, 2014

I have figured out what’s wrong with President Obama. He gave up basketball and started playing more golf. As a man of roughly the president’s age who still plays both sports, I have some insights to offer. Basketball demands all of the qualities that make a good leader. …