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Column: Britain’s Military Lacks Defenders in the Battle of the Budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Conservative Party has traditionally been the champion of a strong defense in Britain (just think Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher). So with elections approaching in May and new military threats emerging from Russia to Islamic State, boosting the nation’s defenses might seem a logical campaign theme for Prime Minister David Cameron. The opposite has been true, which is disturbing. Cameron’s coalition government has already cut the nation’s defense budget …

Column: Minivan Mom Looks to Score Some Weed

Monday, March 2, 2015

Washington If marijuana is going to be as mainstream as chardonnay in our country’s capital, it shouldn’t be tough for a minivan-driving mother of two to find a pot party, right? Especially not if the city’s stoners were going to be lighting up in the wee hours Thursday to celebrate legalization. I tried …

Column: Even Gruber Deserves a Break sometimes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jonathan Gruber — yes, that Jonathan Gruber — is in trouble again. This time he’s being pummeled by liberal state governments for whom he’s done work. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker demanded Gruber’s resignation from the board of the state’s Health Connector insurance website. And more troubling, the Vermont state auditor has raised questions over bills Gruber submitted to the state government for consulting …

Column: STEM Majors Need Liberal Arts, Too

Friday, February 20, 2015

Memphis In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it. The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by …

Column: Some Governors Seek to Chop Taxes as the Potholes Deepen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seattle The governor of Washington wants to raise the state tax on a gallon of gasoline by at least 11 cents. A continent away, the governor of Maryland wants to block a scheduled increase in the state tax on gas. We’ve got ourselves more battles between the Democrats …

Column: It Takes Four Critical Steps for Tax Reform

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 1986 Congress passed, and the president signed, the most sweeping tax reform bill in the history of the tax code. Could it be done today? To answer that question, remember the history. In December 1985, the House passed a tax reform bill that President Ronald Reagan said …

Column: How Low Can It Go? Get Ready for $10 Oil

Thursday, February 19, 2015

At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why. U.S. economic growth …

Column: Hillary Clinton Turns to Old Boys Network for This Campaign

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Washington The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President’s Men. As Hillary Clinton begins to staff her nascent presidential campaign, a paradox has emerged. When she ran in 2008, she played down her potential to make history as the first woman …

Column: Which Iraq War Story Was Most Damaging?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In all the coverage of television anchorman Brian Williams and his woes, I have yet to read an article tracing the problem back to its roots: the national mythologizing of the 2003 Iraq invasion and the failure of …

Willem Lange: A Cold Winter? Maritime Adventurers Took It Much Further

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Montpelier On June 18, 1884, three Inuit from Julianehaab (now Qaqortoq), a small settlement on Greenland’s southwest coast, spotted something unusual on a slab of floe ice where they were seal hunting. They went closer and found twisted planks of wood, and among them various papers, articles of …

Column: Pro-Cop FBI Chief Admits Mistakes of Past

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Washington In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists. In Parting the Waters, the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of …

Column: Performance Reviews Are Corporate America’s Curse on Itself

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ask most managers and employees about the corporate performance review, and the answer probably is the same: It’s a pain to give, a pain to get, but a necessary part of modern corporate life. It’s something we just have to do. Says who? Who says you have to …

Column: Is the Bush Family Brand a Liability in 2016 ?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The legacy matchup — Jeb versus Hillary — has politics aficionados salivating, or recoiling, with the first 2016 presidential votes almost a year away. The former secretary of state, a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, won’t …