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Column: Steinem and Albright Are Wrong About Young Women

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I have spent most of my adult life feeling grateful to Gloria Steinem, whose clear-headedness and apt prose helped turn me into the feminist I am today. She has devoted her life to making the world a better place for women, and has, in many spectacular ways, succeeded. Women run for president. We lead companies. We are astronauts. Supreme Court justices. We have the right to rule our own reproductive …

Column: Rubio Stumbles and Falls in N.H. Primary

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Marco Rubio knows what he’s doing. A week ago, the youthful senator from Florida was in great shape. His surprisingly strong finish in the Iowa caucuses left him with a clear chance to consolidate mainstream Republican support — and a path to …

Willem Lange: When Bob and Ray Had Us in Stitches

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Montpelier Almost obscured by the noise surrounding the presidential primaries was the sad announcement, last week, of the passing of an American treasure. Bob Elliott, 92, the surviving member of the Bob & Ray comedy team, died at his home in Cundys Harbor, Maine — one of those places you can’t get to from here. He’d been out of action for some years, …

Column: Europe’s Happiest, and Unhappiest, Cities

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

London Londoners tend to be pretty happy with their city. But I know few who haven’t on occasion flirted with the idea of a life in an Italian city, a notion that conjures up sun-drenched piazzas, shaded arcades, gelato on tap and leaning towers. Judging from a newly …

Column: We Should Be Grateful for Flat-Earthers

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When I was a freshman at Stanford, a physics instructor introduced the topic of relativity by exploding our brains with the following problem: Take a railroad car straight up 50 miles and then drop it. Given that the …

Column: What If Low Growth Is the New Normal?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

For all their differences, the presidential candidates share one defining characteristic: All of them are upbeat about the future (as long as they get elected). In one of the most important books of recent years, Northwestern University economist Robert J. Gordon offers a radically different view. When it …

Column: Whither Conservatism in the Season of Trump?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Washington It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its …

Column: Don’t Rule Out an Iowa Surprise

Monday, February 1, 2016

J. Ann Selzer, who has conducted polling on the Iowa caucuses since 1988, says the contests almost always yield surprises. With each election, it increasingly becomes more difficult to reliably predict the outcome, and this year is the toughest yet. Pollster.com lists 20 Iowa Republican caucus polls for …

Column: Get Off Your High Horse and Admit You’re a Snob

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snobbery, like snoring, is universal. You might believe it doesn’t apply to you, but your intimates would tell a different story. Don’t get huffy: Everybody’s a snob about something. Snobs are those who imagine that their sensibilities, tastes or responses in a specific arena are more discriminating, more …

Editorial: Billionaires for President?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just when it seemed as if the presidential race couldn’t get any stranger, billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that he may run for the White House as an independent if the two major parties nominate their least- mainstream candidates. Having more choices on the ballot …

‘We Believe in America, and We Love Our Freedom’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Following is the text of Sarah Palin’s Jan. 19 endorsement of Donald Trump, as transcribed by BuzzFeed, via The Washington Post. “Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here in Iowa. We’re here just thawing out. …

Column: Take Care, Pedestrians, in the Upper Valley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

There she was . . . latte in hand, phone up against chin, peacoat perfectly buttoned. She was standing in the middle of Lebanon Street in Hanover. I slammed on the brakes. She kept talking on her phone and waved briefly before continuing her jaunt across the street. …

Column: The U.S. Isn’t Going to Fall Like Rome Did

Saturday, January 30, 2016

People who are worried about the future of the U.S. often find parallels with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And oh the parallels there are! Here are a few I dredged up in a brief Internet search: easy monetary policy, excessive bureaucracy, entitlement spending, income …