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Column: What’s Behind Polarization of Voters?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond. To understand a rather strange moment during which Donald Trump exercises a hypnotic control over …

Column: There Is Blame to Go Around in Bland Case

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington One would hope that it is possible for a white policeman and a black citizen to come into contact in a routine traffic stop without it becoming a matter of race and ending badly. But maybe not. Certainly the matter of Sandra Bland would dictate that it isn’t. Bland’s suicide in a …

Column: Police, Power and the People They Serve

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I am struggling mightily with the death of Sandra Bland. Struggling to understand it, struggling with the tragedy of it, and struggling especially with how utterly unnecessary and unfair it feels. And how depressing it is to watch the video of her initial encounter with police. I am struggling with whether the nation that watches the video can see itself. At one point, …

Column: When Reagan Negotiated

Friday, July 17, 2015

Washington When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: “I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands.” Reagan had a point. His …

Column: Bush and Clinton Are Both Wrong on Jobs

Friday, July 17, 2015

What do Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have in common? Not that much, you might think, but on the stump, both have sounded one similar note: They’re both worried about Americans who want to work more, but can’t. Jeb Bush has taken a lot of chaffing for his …

Editorial: Not the Final Frontier

Friday, July 17, 2015

The first detailed glimpse of Pluto was a stunner: A mottled, multicolored orb, shimmering 3 billion miles from Earth. It has craters, “great mounds,” a mysterious dark belt along the equator — even suggestions of snowfall. The photos came from the NASA spacecraft New Horizons, which has reached …

Column: We Can Do Better Than a Bad Iran Deal

Friday, July 17, 2015

As lawmakers and outside experts consider the Iran nuclear deal, we see a common conclusion: Yeah, the deal stinks, but voting no would be worse. This is wrong for multiple reasons. First, the deal makes further conflict in …

Column: A Rush to Judgment on Iran Deal

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Washington Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it. “You have created a possible death sentence for Israel,” he declared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This …

Column: Columbia Divests From Prison Corporations

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Columbia University recently announced that it is divesting from private prison companies. The move sends a powerful message that institutions should not profit from the mass incarceration of people. The Ivy League school, with an endowment of $9 billion, is selling its reported 220,000 shares in private prison …

Column: Iran Deal and Limits of U.S. Power

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Of all of the surreal moments Tuesday in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, the most bizarre was the conclusion of President Obama’s address from the White House. After touting the pact’s promises of greater monitoring and transparency, and the limits it places on Iran’s nuclear enrichment, …

Column: Generation X Earns More, but Has Less

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s pretty common these days for the media to make fun of millennials. But back in the 1990s, the previous generation, Generation X, got much the same treatment. They were slackers, they were entitled, blah, blah, blah. In truth, members of Generation X — Americans born between 1965 …

Column: The North Isn’t Free of Shame Over Slavery

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

With astonishing speed — and a surprising new consensus — the status of the Confederate battle flag has been altered. While a reconsideration of that symbol’s original meaning is long overdue, there is a countervailing risk that the righteous satisfaction in some quarters at lowering the flag may …

Willem Lange: We’ve Reached Pluto, but Still Have Problems at Home

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Montpelier I was 10 years old the night the United States first bounced a radar beam off the moon. In an experiment nowadays regarded about as crude as the discovery of fire, scientists showed that signals beamed from Earth could penetrate the ionosphere in both directions. Their success …