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Column: Boehner Fiddles, Far Right Burns to Impeach

Friday, August 1, 2014

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, although it surely does. John Boehner is …

Editorial: Mending The VA

Friday, August 1, 2014

House and Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation was easily passed by the House Wednesday and was expected to be taken up in the Senate soon after, showing that Republican and Democratic lawmakers can still agree on their concern for those who served their …

Column: No Denials From GOP on Impeachment

Friday, August 1, 2014

If Republicans want to know why Democrats are talking incessantly about impeachment, even fundraising off the possibility, they need only look to themselves. The GOP leadership has resisted every opportunity to kill the idea. Sure, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called it “all a scam started by Democrats at the White House,” before adding, “We have no plans to impeach the president. We …

Editorial: A Conservative Approach on Poverty

Monday, July 28, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy. As is often the case with Ryan’s proposals, this one, launched under the heading “Expanding Opportunity in America,” is ambitious, thoughtful and not entirely persuasive. Ryan’s best idea is a substantial expansion …

Column: Long Executions Might Not Affect Support for Death Penalty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of execution that the state of Arizona administered on Wednesday, …

Column Ranchers Help Save Rainforest

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia’s public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like …

Column: The Pay Gap Is Still a Problem

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed — for the third time — to get anywhere this spring. But with a summit on working families and President Barack Obama’s lunch with an accountant mom in Minneapolis, the White House has tried to make the frustrations of working mothers and their …

Column: I Have Seen the Future and It Is Jobless

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, chairman of the …

Column: Economic Realities Push Truckers Beyond the Limits

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers. The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of …

Steve Taylor: 11 Myths About Northeast Farms

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Myths abound about the state of agriculture in the Upper Valley, New England and the Northeast, myths that infest the media, academia, politics and the public mind and often reach all the way to the highest levels of …

Column: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define …

Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the blind haze of overwhelming joy clouding all reason and logic. I developed a passion for teaching at a for-profit school in Southern California, …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death …