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Column: It Takes a Hero to Be Humble in Politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. You read that right: An investigation by The Boston Globe found that unlike politicians who go to great lengths to puff up their military backgrounds, Moulton, as the paper’s Walter Robinson wrote, “chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice …

Column; Police Criminalize Misbehavior in Schools

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who among us has not inwardly been gleeful at having gotten away with something at school? Knowing the teacher didn’t like the subject of our theme but blowing her mind with how original it was. Pushing the line on a high school drama performance. Forcing the administration to back down on a policy of no student cars in the parking lot. Dying your …

Column: Monica Lewinsky Rejects the ‘Shame Game’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us. Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky’s decision to re-emerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyber-bullying, is awkward. …

Column: When the West Wanted Islam to Curb Christian Extremism

Monday, October 20, 2014

The tiresome debate over whether Islam is somehow more violent than other religions unfortunately won’t go away. Recent spats between outspoken commentator Reza Aslan, TV host Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris — who said on Maher’s show that Islam was “the mother lode of bad ideas” — …

Column: A Return Trip to Holland Is Different With a Tablet

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When I returned to Holland after a 10-year absence, I realized how much technology complemented my connections with people. I traveled to the Netherlands for vacation in July. I once lived there, and the trip was my first …

Column: Malala and the Brave March Against Extremism

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington The Nobel Peace Prize committee rightly cited the work that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi did to lead the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” …

Column: Church’s Softening Tone Welcomed by the Imperfect Masses

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back in the mid-’60s, my aunt’s husband did what a lot of other husbands (and wives) did with spouses who no longer filled their wish lists: traded her in for a younger model. Given the fact that my aunt was not even 30 at the time, you could …

Column: Greatness Eludes the Obama Presidency

Saturday, October 18, 2014

All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people why they won’t get it). So Barack Obama isn’t the first president to …

Column: America Needs a Backbone of Steel

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Steel is power. Any nation that expects to project strength and resolve must produce steel. Throughout U.S. history, steel has been an irreplaceable underpinning of our economic and military might. It’s why Abraham Lincoln insisted on building steel …

Column: Leave the Driving to the Radar, the Sensors and the Software

Friday, October 17, 2014

My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; break rules; get distracted; and crash into each other. That is why …

Column: Will Enthusiasm Gap Be the Dems’ Downfall?

Friday, October 17, 2014

National polling on the Nov. 4 midterm elections confirms a doleful trend that’s been firming up all year: Voters aren’t enthusiastic about their choices — on either side. A Gallup Poll last week found that only 32 percent of voters said they felt “extremely motivated” to go to …

Column: Germany’s Appalling Economic Prescription

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am a fan of Germany’s worker empowerment. By requiring corporations to divide their boards evenly between worker and management representatives and mandating that employers meet regularly with their employees to discuss and resolve company concerns, Germany has retained a high-end manufacturing sector that has enabled the nation …

Column: A Mix-Up at the Sperm Bank

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three years ago, Jennifer Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, went shopping for sperm. Not just any sperm would do. They decided that the sperm used to artificially inseminate Cramblett with their first child would have to come from a man with genetic traits similar to theirs. In …