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Column: They’re Proud to Be ‘Clinton Democrats’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.” The tagline: “David Perdue, he’s not for you.” …

Column: Why U.S. Should Provide Ukraine Weapons

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of Congress last month, he thanked the United States for its assistance in confronting Russian aggression, and indeed, our country, along with our NATO allies, has done much. But Poroshenko asked us for more. “Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important,” he said, “but …

Column: Most Common Side Effect of Ebola Is Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn’t protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get …

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 …

Column: From the Booming Me Generation to the Connected Us Generation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement. …

Islamic State Conflict Is War, Not a Game

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The air war against the Islamic State is not some video game that the U.S. military is being asked to play and quickly win. We must realize that American men and women are risking their lives against an enemy that will not quit just because we tire of …

Willem Lange: Climbing Well-Worn Rocks on the ‘Mountain That Stands Alone’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jaffrey, N.H. On a Thursday morning in October, the first intimation that the hike ahead of us might not be a solitary one was the full parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Mount Monadnock is apparently one of the world’s most-climbed mountains. Weekend traffic here must …

Column: Family Planning Is a Smart Public Investment

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington Publicly funded family planning services help low-income Americans avoid serious health conditions while saving billions of dollars each year, according to a new analysis ­— benefits that go beyond providing contraception that can prevent unintended pregnancies. Past research from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports …

Column: Grandma Clinton Plays the Gender Card

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren’t sure-footed in dealing with it — recall …

Column: The Voters Tune Out As Money Floods In

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics …

Column: Heavy Use of Antibiotics by Farms Could Be Bad for Humans

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donald Kennedy, a Stanford University biology professor, had been commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for less than two months in 1977 when he plunged into a difficult scientific and political debate that remains unresolved today. Kennedy wanted to cut back on the widespread use of antibiotics …

Editorial: Suppressing The Vote

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The nation is about to hold a midterm congressional election that, if history is any indication, will see substantially lower turnout — and therefore results that are substantially less representative of the country at large — than votes in presidential years. Responsible politicians should be doing all they …