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Column: The Crorys Gave Me the Chance of a Lifetime, and Even More

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longtime state representative Elizabeth Crory of Hanover passed away this month at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her late husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New Hampshire and public service. In 1978, I was a junior at Dartmouth College and also a state representative from my hometown of Bedford, N.H. I had been commuting to legislative sessions in Concord in my 1960s vintage Volkswagen Beetle until it quit, leaving me without a car. Rep. Crory, who sat in front of me in …

Column: Concessions to Iran Would Be Dangerous

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Washington A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last week the IAEA reported its concern …

Column: China’s Fertile Ground for Islamic State recruiters

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Three hundred Chinese citizens, members of the country’s Uighur ethnic group, have recently traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Those Uighurs are part of a broader Muslim migration, spurred by a government crackdown, away from China’s western province of Xinjiang, where Muslims have lived for over 1,000 years. Although they were designed to dampen Islamic separatism, Chinese policies in …

Column: Scott Walker: No Degree and Proud of It

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Washington In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant — and concerning — is how Walker talks …

Column: Why Wal-Mart Will Pay Its Workers More

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage. The retail colossus, which has seen sales struggle a bit recently, finally had a sunnier quarter. And apparently it’s so giddy that it is announcing a major wage increase for many of its retail workers: a minimum …

Column: Forget It, Liberals — Warren Isn’t Running

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it’s time to stop wishin’ and hopin’: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Really and truly. Progressive Democrats have bombarded her office with postcards, signed online …

Column: STEM Majors Need Liberal Arts, Too

Friday, February 20, 2015

Memphis In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it. The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by …

Column: Some Governors Seek to Chop Taxes as the Potholes Deepen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seattle The governor of Washington wants to raise the state tax on a gallon of gasoline by at least 11 cents. A continent away, the governor of Maryland wants to block a scheduled increase in the state tax on gas. We’ve got ourselves more battles between the Democrats …

Column: It Takes Four Critical Steps for Tax Reform

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 1986 Congress passed, and the president signed, the most sweeping tax reform bill in the history of the tax code. Could it be done today? To answer that question, remember the history. In December 1985, the House passed a tax reform bill that President Ronald Reagan said …

Column: How Low Can It Go? Get Ready for $10 Oil

Thursday, February 19, 2015

At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why. U.S. economic growth …

Column: Hillary Clinton Turns to Old Boys Network for This Campaign

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Washington The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President’s Men. As Hillary Clinton begins to staff her nascent presidential campaign, a paradox has emerged. When she ran in 2008, she played down her potential to make history as the first woman …

Column: Which Iraq War Story Was Most Damaging?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In all the coverage of television anchorman Brian Williams and his woes, I have yet to read an article tracing the problem back to its roots: the national mythologizing of the 2003 Iraq invasion and the failure of …

Willem Lange: A Cold Winter? Maritime Adventurers Took It Much Further

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Montpelier On June 18, 1884, three Inuit from Julianehaab (now Qaqortoq), a small settlement on Greenland’s southwest coast, spotted something unusual on a slab of floe ice where they were seal hunting. They went closer and found twisted planks of wood, and among them various papers, articles of …