Columns

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell descends an escalator as he leaves an owners meeting Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Column: Goodell Takes a Page From the Autocrat’s Playbook

Saturday, August 29, 2015

On the surface, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is acting strangely in the “Deflategate” controversy. He launched an expensive crusade against one of the league’s great players over what is at most a tiny rules infraction, without much evidence. Goodell also has alienated one of the league’s most powerful and respected owners, Robert Kraft. To devoted fans of the New England …

Column: Meet Roger Stone, Practitioner of the Political Dark Arts

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Oh, I went to an orgy there once.” That was Roger Stone’s response after I answered his question on my New York City hotel of choice. He’s standing shirtless and wearing khakis inside his pied-a-terre on the Upper East Side, where we meet before going for a drink and dinner. The two-bedroom with …

Column: How Do You Say Awkward Moment in French?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Admit it: when you have friends in from out of town, you like confusing them with a little harmless local lingo. “Want to run down to West Leb to check out the Power House?” Or, “What’s your mood: C&As, EBAs or Ramunto’s?” Or, “Is it just me, or is there a lot of …

Willem Lange: The Cod Fishermen Endure

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Petty Harbour, Newfoundland I’m not exactly a party animal, but I’ve been to a few shindigs now and then over the years. Some were a lot of fun, others not so much. The one I’m enjoying at the moment ranks up among the all-time best. It’s late afternoon, …

Column: Trump Has a Message Washington Should Hear

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In many ways, Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency is so preposterous that it demands to be dismissed as a joke. This would be a mistake. Trump deserves attention — though not because he’s likely to win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. Almost anything is possible …

Column: Women Don’t Need Protecting on Abortion

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It’s been a month since the antiabortion group Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video purporting to prove that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal parts. The charge was complete nonsense, and mainstream media sources quickly debunked …

Column: Celebrating Women Separately Can Be a Trap

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When is “celebrating” women not all that good for women? Let’s face it. Something tagged exclusively for or about women is all too often a revenue-generating strategy alongside a way to deflect criticism about the lack of attention to women and an opportunity for the powers-that-be to say, …

Column: Julian Bond Knew the Value of Keeping the Faith

Monday, August 24, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. A young Julian is standing beside a seated Paul Robeson. The giant of a man — scholar, athlete, singer, actor and civil rights activist, who was blacklisted during …

Column: Loss Aversion Frames the Iran Deal Debate

Monday, August 24, 2015

Of all the findings in behavioral science, the most significant may be “loss aversion,” the idea that people dislike losses a lot more than they like equivalent gains. Loss aversion can create big trouble for businesses and investors. And it can badly confuse political debate — as it …

Column: Yoga Is Much Misunderstood

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Yoga has become more popular in the United States in recent years, with the number of people taking part in the discipline almost doubling between 2002 and 2012. Today, nearly 10 percent of Americans have tried it, and …

Column: Article on Amazon Workplace Culture Presented a Rorschach Test

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It was last weekend’s great litmus test. After reading Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld’s epic New York Times account of what it’s like to work at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, were you appalled or impressed? Would you never …

Column: Summer’s Lease Hath All Too Short a Date, But It Is Renewable

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A friend of mine recently said that it seemed like I’d had a good summer, and I did, but the word had made me sad. Like most Midwesterners who endure brutal winters, I never want summer to end. This time of year, after the sunflowers have bloomed and …

Column: The Fed Is Running Big Risks and Ought to Be Audit Thoroughly

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The U.S. Federal Reserve has grown massively in recent years. Since the 2008 financial crisis, it has increased its balance sheet from less than $1 trillion to an incredible $4.4 trillion. Given this sharp increase in the Fed’s risk, it’s reasonable that the Fed should be audited more …