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Column: Video Put a Face to Domestic Violence — Ray Rice’s

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When a police photo of Rihanna’s battered face was leaked in 2009, I was outraged. I criticized the media for disseminating it and refused to link to the image, because I found it “a sickening violation of Rihanna’s privacy.” I ended that column on Salon.com by hoping the image would “spark a national conversation about domestic violence,” but also by asking, “Shouldn’t Rihanna get to decide whether she becomes the …

Column: Domestic Abuse Is an Equal Opportunity Horror

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, but I’ve loved people who have been. I say “people” because some of the victims have been men, despite the general Burning Bed stereotype of the muscled brute beating the living daylights out of the 100-pound female. Violence is violence, victims are victims and abusers are abusers regardless of gender, color, religion and affluence. This …

Column: The Political Magic of Rwanda’s Remarkable Road System

Monday, September 15, 2014

A friend was asking me about my recent trip to Rwanda. What, he wanted to know, surprised me the most? “I think it was the roads,” I said. “The roads were amazing.” “I’ll bet,” he said. “They must have been a mess, right?” No, just the opposite. I explained that the streets in Kigali, the capital, are smoothly surfaced, with nary a pothole …

Column: A Living Wage Doesn’t Seem to Kill Jobs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In July 2013, hotelier Scott Ostrander stood before the City Council in SeaTac, Wash., pleading with the town not to adopt a $15 minimum wage. “I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off,” he said, according to an account in …

Half-Measures Won’t Stop Global Threats

Monday, September 8, 2014

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the …

My Client Was Just Freed From Death Row, And I’m Furious

Monday, September 8, 2014

Watching an innocent client walk out of prison is every defense lawyer’s dream, especially for those of us who represent people condemned to die. This week, I got to watch my client, Henry McCollum, North Carolina’s longest serving …

Column: Obama Is Tougher on Terror Than He Sounds

Monday, September 8, 2014

Question: Who said this about the war on terror? “I don’t think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.” Answer: Not Barack Obama, but the …

Column: An Entrepreneur Who Pioneered in the Howard Dean Campaign

Sunday, September 7, 2014

San Francisco At age 30, Zachary Rosen has three startups to his name and thousands of miles logged on his bicycle. The serial entrepreneur founded Chapter Three, a web design consulting business, in 2006, not long after dropping …

Column: Urging Precautions Doesn’t Mean Blaming the Victim

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Washington Hello, Internet users, it’s Megan McArdle again, with a friendly message about morality: You shouldn’t look at stolen nude photographs of celebrities. Yes, yes, I know — it’s not like your self-restraint will prevent millions of other …

Dan Mackie: We Cut Our Cable, and Survived

Sunday, September 7, 2014

About two years ago, we cut the cord. I don’t remember what made me it do — I have canceled cable TV in moments of cheapness or distress about lousy shows before — but this time it stuck. …

Column: Passenger Pigeons Once Filled the Skies Here

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Connecticut River Valley was once home to the passenger pigeon, the most abundant denizen the area has ever known. Feeding and nesting in the millions, the slender, beautiful bird made its home in the river valley, feasting on nuts from the massive oaks, chestnuts, hickory, walnut and …

Column: A Political Wife Is Thrown Under the Bus, and Suffers in Silence

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Maureen McDonnell, having uttered not a single word in court for five weeks, stepped into a car and rode away from the crowd a newly convicted felon, still silent. Her husband, who made history as the first Virginia …

Column: Why the Sunday Talk Shows Still Matter

Saturday, September 6, 2014

This weekend, Chuck Todd of NBC News officially joins the ranks of journalists assigned to host the venerable Sunday morning network news programs. Though often derided as wonky and formulaic, these shows retain value — journalistic and financial — in a fractured media world. So let’s dispel some …