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They’re Proud to Be ‘Clinton Democrats’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.” The tagline: “David Perdue, he’s not for you.” …

Why U.S. Should Provide Ukraine Weapons

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of Congress last month, he thanked the United States for its assistance in confronting Russian aggression, and indeed, our country, along with our NATO allies, has done much. But Poroshenko asked us for more. “Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important,” he said, “but …

Column: Most Common Side Effect of Ebola Is Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn’t protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get …

Column: So Here’s the Problem With Using ‘Redskins’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As a mixed-blood Muscogee/Creek Indian, I would like to commend Washington, D.C.’s professional football team on its tasteful logo. The American Indian in profile with two eagle feathers is dignified and respectful. I would also like to assure the people of Cleveland that I take no umbrage at …

Column: Lift Supreme Court’s Veil of Secrecy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Every year the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are faced with about 7,500 writs of certiorari seeking appellate review of lower court decisions, granting only 75 to 80. It takes four justices to grant a writ, though amazingly that rule is nowhere written down and the justices …

Where Is the World as Sierra Leone Suffers?

Monday, October 13, 2014

In late September, Sierra Leone embarked on a three-day national shutdown for an Ebola house-to-house sensitization, deploying thousands of government staff, NGO workers and volunteers in an attempt to identify Ebola infections and educate a frightened public about …

Column: FCC Is Right to Worry About Comcast Merger

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three years ago, cable titan John Malone — chairman of Liberty Global, the largest cable company in the world — said that when it comes to high-capacity data connections in the United States, “cable’s pretty much a monopoly now.” Last month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proved …

FEC Deadlock Breaks, a Little

Monday, October 13, 2014

If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission. The agency that oversees our campaign-finance system, by law led by three Democratic and three Republican appointees, has come to a …

The Day of Infamy Hardened the ‘People’s House’

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What is the right balance between preserving the White House as a symbol of democratic openness and turning it into a fortress bristling with Secret Service agents, guard dogs and fences that scream “Keep Out”? The egregious security …

Column: Why Electric Rates Are Rising

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New England electricity is too dependent upon natural gas-fired power plants. And we are about to pay a lot for that dependence. In recent days, several New England utilities have announced major price rises for electricity. In Massachusetts, …

Column: We Shortchange Childhood With a Rush to the ‘Real World’

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Just what exactly is this “real world” I keep hearing about? Whether in classrooms or living rooms, America’s children and young adults are always warned about the “real world,” a place where naive childhood is replaced by a grim battle for survival. The phrase is usually offered with …

Column: U.S. Strategic Objective Is Failing

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Washington During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No one can match Stalin for merciless cynicism, but President Recep …

Column: There’s an Explanation for the Incredible Shrinking Paycheck

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The extinction of the American raise — dead as a dodo, by every empirical measure — has become a truth universally acknowledged. Even Republican House Speaker John Boehner, not a fellow often glimpsed on the barricades with protesting workers, pronounced that “wages are stagnant” in his comments on …