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Column: Harry Reid Led a No-Holds-Barred Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will. Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere authenticity but prefers contrived personalities that seem warm and solicitous. Reid refuses …

Column: Thoughts for Your Penny: It’s More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Approaching noon, I had a hankering for shrimp tempura sushi and some dumplings. At a local takeout, my bill came to $15.01. After I handed the man $20, he began counting out 99 cents to hand me along with four $1 bills. While there was a tip jar, there was not the penny …

Column: Indiana’s Bill Is a Step Back for America

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite …

Column: Netanyahu’s Victory Is Not a Defeat for the Prospects for Peace

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for …

Forum, March 23: Senator, It’s Obvious; Signs of Snowden; Bad Times for the Climate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator, It’s Obvious To the Editor: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., writes, “One has to wonder why this administration is so eager to prevent Americans’ elected representatives from voting on a deal that has such enormous security implications for not just our country, but also for the entire …

Challenging the Almighty Supreme Court

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maybe everybody’s being too hard on William Baude. In an op-ed article in last Tuesday’s New York Times, Baude proposed that should the Supreme Court strike down the Obama administration’s interpretation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the president might follow the example of Abraham …

Column: Combat Veterans Suffer Moral Wounds as Well as Physical Ones

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even on the short overnight ops, sometimes we talked about things we knew we’d carry home. On a cold night in March 2010, Jeff brought up the kid he’d shot a month earlier, when the battle for the …

Column: There’s Demand for Misinformation as Well as Ample Supply

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It’s not An Inconvenient Truth — yet. But for a movie focused on climate change, Sony Pictures Classics’ Merchants of Doubt — based on the widely read book of the same name by historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik …

Column: Strafford Post Office Is Village ‘Living Room’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Post offices in small towns are often called the center of community life. In Strafford, where Terry Toy was postmaster for 13 years until her retirement this month, some called it the village “living room.” First, there was …

Column: Med Schools Get New Prescription for Health

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What if your doctor gave you a prescription that would help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of several forms of cancer? Even better, the side effects are all beneficial: increased energy, productivity and an elevated mood. The catch? The prescription isn’t …

Column: We Need a Dr. Spock for the Aged

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was born in what is now called Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1944. Ten blocks away, Dr. Benjamin Spock was busy writing his famous 1946 baby book in his childhood home on New Haven’s Cold Spring Street. The …

Column: ‘Prisons Without Bars’ Could Cut Costs

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Washington You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we’re home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than one in every 10 American men has …

Column: The Sea Offers a Big Wave of Green Energy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yesterday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s a reminder that, in the drive to switch more of the …