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Column: Big Trouble in China

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the way to remaking China’s economy, President Xi Jinping has hit many roadblocks: vested interests, a change-averse Communist Party, local officials accustomed to the status quo. Who knew the real barrier would be foreign investors? For years, the world has called on China to loosen its grip on the yuan, drop its arbitrary growth targets, allow stocks to fall, …

Column: A Primer on Clinton’s Email Controversy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of state has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried about the trajectory of this drama, which threatens to derail her presidential candidacy. For readers …

Column: The Real Problem With ‘Pink Viagra’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The drug has many names: flibanserin, Addyi, Ectris, Girosa or, colloquially, “pink Viagra.” Whatever you want to call the long-in-the-making libido pill for women, it recently gained Federal Drug Administration approval despite what one member of the panel that approved it called “serious, serious safety concerns” and benefits that are “modest, maybe less than modest.” As a science-driven sex educator, I am less …

Column: Put the Brakes on Traffic Stops

Monday, August 17, 2015

In one video after another this year, we’ve seen police stops of African-American drivers go violently, terribly wrong. Think of Walter Scott, killed by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Or Sandra Bland, pulled over for failure to …

Column: Let’s Talk About Campaign Finance

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ed Rogers For The Washington Post While everyone is waiting breathlessly for Donald Trump’s next utterance, here is something worthwhile to think about: campaign finance reform. Don’t stop reading! (Side note: Trump’s dodge that his comment about Megyn Kelly was about a nosebleed is a lie and everyone …

Column: We Must Design a New Capitalism for a Jobless Future

Sunday, August 16, 2015

“There are more net jobs in the world today than ever before, after hundreds of years of technological innovation and hundreds of years of people predicting the death of work. The logic on this topic is crystal clear. …

Column: Confronting the Human Face of Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan: Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945; Nagasaki on Aug. 9. With searing heat and annihilating force, the nuclear blasts tore through factories, shops and homes in both …

Randall Balmer: Like Father, Unlike Son — Billy and Franklin Graham

Sunday, August 16, 2015

As a student of religion in America, I can attest that there are few people in American religious history I admire more than Billy Graham. The evangelist, who will turn 97 in November, has for the most part …

Steve Nelson: Black Lives Matter, So Take Action Now

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black Lives Matter is raising a ruckus. It’s about time. Controversy arose recently when representatives from the Black Lives Matter disrupted two Bernie Sanders campaign events. Sanders’ reportedly “peevish” response was not well received. Time magazine reports that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was “jeered” when he responded to …

Column: The Left and Tech

Friday, August 14, 2015

Is the political left turning against technology? One could be forgiven for thinking so. Left-leaning media regularly expresses frustration with the titans of Silicon Valley, with the idea of technological “disruption,” and with automation. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the tech industry is often criticized over issues …

Column: Why Colleges Mollycoddle Students

Friday, August 14, 2015

If you’ve reached that crotchety age I’m at, you may be as mystified as I am by the kids these days —especially by how they’re behaving on campus. I get the naive leftist politics and the wildly irresponsible partying; I even understand the drive toward ham-fisted censorship of …

Bush Dares to Tread Into the Iraq Debacle

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Washington Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway. Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular …

Column: Is This a Four-Party Moment?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If anything’s constant in American political life, it’s the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such as Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 or Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Yet, more rarely, at times of extreme political flux, this society has broken up into four parties. …