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Column: Britain’s Military Lacks Defenders in the Battle of the Budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Conservative Party has traditionally been the champion of a strong defense in Britain (just think Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher). So with elections approaching in May and new military threats emerging from Russia to Islamic State, boosting the nation’s defenses might seem a logical campaign theme for Prime Minister David Cameron. The opposite has been true, which is disturbing. Cameron’s coalition government has already cut the nation’s defense budget …

Column: Minivan Mom Looks to Score Some Weed

Monday, March 2, 2015

Washington If marijuana is going to be as mainstream as chardonnay in our country’s capital, it shouldn’t be tough for a minivan-driving mother of two to find a pot party, right? Especially not if the city’s stoners were going to be lighting up in the wee hours Thursday to celebrate legalization. I tried …

Column: Even Gruber Deserves a Break sometimes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jonathan Gruber — yes, that Jonathan Gruber — is in trouble again. This time he’s being pummeled by liberal state governments for whom he’s done work. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker demanded Gruber’s resignation from the board of the state’s Health Connector insurance website. And more troubling, the Vermont state auditor has raised questions over bills Gruber submitted to the state government for consulting …

Friday, February 27, 2015

Column: My Story: The Cancer Cure That Wasn’t

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I’ve known I was going to die. I just didn’t know when. Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, a new, deadly diagnosis gave …

Column: The Case for a Presidential Love Deficit

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Is it possible that a reasonable person could think President Barack Obama doesn’t love America? Well, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has faced heavy criticism for saying just that, but Giuliani isn’t crazy. His thoughts are usually …

Willem Lange: The Temperatures Can Only Go Up From Here

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier If you’ve ever competed in a tug-of-war — at a picnic, maybe, or summer camp — you probably remember the first few seconds of effort after the starting signal, when you could sense whether or not the next few minutes were likely to go well. Your opponents’ …

Israel-U.S. Bonds Were Tested at Birth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington A new Israeli election ad released by the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invokes the past to boost his political future. The video harks back to the moment of Israel’s founding in 1948, “painting a picture,” as the Times of Israel puts it, “of an …

Column: Attention Schools: Iditarod Isn’t Fun for Dogs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good teachers try to bring vitality into their classrooms by using real-life examples to enhance what’s in the curriculum. But just as no conscientious educator would take kids to a strip club for a lesson on “the birds …

Column: A Barrier-Breaking Basketball Player Deserves Recognition

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As the NCAA’s “March Madness” approaches, it should be of interest to the hundreds of black basketball players seeking the fame and fortune of making the “big dance” and those youngsters who aspire to be there one day to note the name, William Leon Garrett. Never heard of …

Column: Speak Carefully About Religious Wars

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “The president and …

Teacher Prep Programs Need to Be Accountable

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As if on cue, teacher preparation organizations, college and university education schools, and teachers unions are protesting proposed federal regulations for assessing the quality and impact of teacher preparation programs. Over the past month, my email inbox has been filled with a stream of increasingly dire pleas to …

Column: The Inequality of Retirement Anxiety

Monday, February 23, 2015

When it comes to retirement planning, there are two kinds of people: low-income Americans, who worry about saving enough money, and everybody else. That’s the message of a survey out last week from Bankrate, which asked 4,200 people last month why they weren’t saving more for retirement. You …