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Column: The Coming Era of Unlimited, Clean and Free Energy

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; …

Column: Five Myths About the NFL, From concussions to Socialism

Monday, September 22, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Americans have been confronted by a slew of scandals besieging our most popular sport. Outrage over the off-the-field violence of star running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has been accompanied by the revelation that the National Football League expects almost one-third of its retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems at “notably younger ages” than the rest …

Column: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Deserves Its Status

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last weekend marked the 200th anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Over the years, many debates have surrounded the national anthem — involving its meaning, its quality and the circumstances under which Francis Scott Key came to write it. Before you hear “Oh say, can you see . . . “ …

Column: Congress Wanted to Be First in War, but Washington Prevailed

Saturday, September 13, 2014

President Obama is asking Congress for its “buy in” for military operations to combat the Islamic State, which has captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. This approach, which puts Congress in the role of merely …

Democrats Could Lose Senate For Awhile Time

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Democrats curse their luck in 2014 — a midterm in a president’s (often) grim sixth year, with most of the competitive races taking place in states won easily by the last Republican presidential candidate. Low presidential approval ratings in states that Democrats need to win — Obama is …

Dan Mackie: Time for a Smarter Watch

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Apple’s new smart watch was announced this week, and because it’s Apple, it will be insanely great, for starters, and do about a million things beyond the pedestrian task of telling time. Insanely great, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to tech since the launch of the …

Editorial: Fighting the Islamic State

Friday, September 12, 2014

The civil war that erupted in Syria three years ago spawned the vicious, and ambitious, terror force known as the Islamic State, a major threat to the Middle East, Europe and the United States. The rise of the Islamic State, or something like it, was a foreseeable consequence …

Column: Americans Are More Tolerant, but Are Keeping Their Distance

Friday, September 12, 2014

Americans like to believe that our exceptional story was cooked up in the proverbial melting pot. And it’s true that we’ve broadly taken strength from our diversity. But the way we engage our differences has more recently begun to shift. We’re more tolerant today than we’ve ever been, …

Column: From Teachout, a Lesson for Democrats

Friday, September 12, 2014

That was a notably unimpressive victory that Andrew Cuomo secured in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in New York, receiving his party’s nod for a second term as governor. Cuomo defeated Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, a largely …

Column: The Victim and the Abuser: A Love Story

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious. I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there’s no doubt: Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — …

Column: Progressives Should Get Serious About Cutting Nation’s Debt

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is nothing progressive about red ink. This year, progressives will run on strengthening the economic recovery, reducing inequality, improving college affordability, promoting broad-based wage growth and making sure the most vulnerable among us are well cared for. And if we want all these to happen, we also …

Column: Fair-Circuit Animals Have a Lousy Summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My friends and family are lamenting the end of summer, but all I feel is a deep sense of relief. As the season winds down, so do state and county fairs. It’s been a long, hot summer for animals used as midway props, and for them, autumn can’t …

Column: A Bold Move for the President: Visit Iran

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Obama has vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State, or ISIS. That will be difficult without boots on the ground, and if those boots are American, it means a major war in Iraq and Syria. Furthermore, …