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Column: How Paid Sick Leave Became a Movement

Friday, July 3, 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing Republicans’ latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was the government’s ability to provide subsidies to help millions of working Americans purchase health insurance through the federal exchange. Yet, as too many middle-class families know, health insurance is only one of the costs associated …

Column: Fighting Big Money

Friday, July 3, 2015

For the dreamers among us, every four years come new reasons for hope: Maybe This Time, Maybe This Guy, Maybe at Last. Then comes the election, and (sometimes) the honeymoon: the new guy rolls out his plans, reaffirms his promises; there are rumblings in the direction of change. The months pass — and by the time the snow has melted on a new …

Editorial: The People V. Gerrymandering

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Supreme Court has mostly avoided questions about gerrymandering, the practice of drawing otherwise irrational legislative district lines to the advantage of one party or of incumbents. But on Monday, in an unexpected victory for the democratic process, the court said the Constitution allows people to fight back against gerrymandering, with the strongest of tools. The court’s legal analysis in Arizona State Legislature …

Column: South Carolina’s Racist History

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African-Americans last week at a Charleston, S.C., church Bible study has drawn the nation’s attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more …

Column: Amazon Readers Will Pay by the Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Books were the original “sharing economy.” Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there even was a United States to found it in. Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, which lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at …

Willem Lange: Something’s Stirring in America, I Hope

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier “The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer — not even here where we sedulously cultivate it in its most repulsive form.” — Winston Churchill I could be wrong — I’m old …

Column: Rand Paul’s Tax Plan Promises, Doesn’t Deliver

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul’s new tax-reform plan is a considerable improvement over his old one. He’s done what more politicians should: revise their ideas to take account of valid criticisms. But even the new plan doesn’t live up to the senator’s rhetoric. And it isn’t going anywhere. Paul’s earlier …

Column: All Sides Should Shed Blinders on Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The horrific massacre in Charleston, S.C., where nine black churchgoers died allegedly at the hands of a white supremacist gunman, has been a powerful jolt to America, prompting a renewed focus on racial divisions and the need to …

Column: Lonely White Supremacists Wanted

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the wake of news reports that Dylann Roof, the suspect in last week’s horrific massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had become attracted to the ideology of white supremacy, I decided to make a visit, …

Column: Capitalism Can Stop Climate Change

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pope Francis has made it clear that all of us have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet, and as such must address the challenge of climate change. Many frame this issue as capitalism versus Christianity, as economic prosperity versus morality. But it doesn’t have to …

Column: End Lifetime Court Appointments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the third season of House of Cards, conniving President Frank Underwood colludes with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jacobs on the timing of Jacobs’ retirement. Their plan: to have the justice step down before his Alzheimer’s disease becomes perceptible and before Underwood leaves office, but only after …

Column: When Will We Ever Learn?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Washington We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns. Nonsense, you say. Have we not been …

Column: It Was Terrorism

Monday, June 22, 2015

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African-Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique event in American history. Black churches have long been a target of white supremacists who burned and bombed them in …