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Column: 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.” …

Column: 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: High Cost of War Against the Islamic State

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Washington Last Saturday, Oct. 4, day 58 of the American campaign against the Islamic State, U.S. aircraft carried out nine strikes inside Iraq and Syria, destroying two tanks, three Humvees, one bulldozer, and an unidentified vehicle. The strikes …

Column: Aargh! Enough With the Fundraising Emails

Friday, October 10, 2014

Washington If you receive political fundraising emails, you know the end is near. Pessimism brings in the donations, the Wall Street Journal reports: “Donors and would-be donors are more likely to click on a fundraising email and contribute if the candidate highlights a recent poll that shows him …

Column: The Case of the Bearded Inmate Inches Along in the High Court

Friday, October 10, 2014

Washington You give a prisoner an inch of beard, he’ll take a mile. At least that seemed to be a concern plaguing the nine justices at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as they explored the burning penological question: What kind of things might lurk in a half-inch beard …

Column: The Strong Economic Case for Investing in Bridges and Roads

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fiscal consolidation ­— a euphemism for cuts to government spending — is a staple of International Monetary Fund rescue programs. As recently as last year, the IMF was suggesting that the United States had a fiscal gap of as much as 10 percent of gross domestic product that …

Column: Travel Ban Would Curtail Ebola Virus in U.S.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The United States got its first scare from Ebola last week when Thomas Eric Duncan, a man sick with the virus, traveled from Liberia to Dallas. This man, who died yesterday, was feared to have been in contact …

Column: Sentencing Needs the Bite of Punishment

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Like all humans, judges are susceptible to fads. A few years ago, it was teen courts, then drug courts. The new fad is something called “evidence-based sentencing,” and it is both a refreshing attempt at rationality and a …

Column: I’m Back in That Adirondack Deer Camp

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It was the rustling of leaves around my feet that did it. One of the great joys of being old (and there are many, in spite of what you may have heard or read) is the easy access to memories. Probably the main reason old folks spend so …

Column: Gay Couples Celebrate Marriage Rights

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For two decades, right up until the day they fled Virginia nine years ago, the women hid their love from a wider world they’d always found so hostile and homophobic. Tibby Middleton and Barbara Kenny were so pessimistic about anything in the Old Dominion ever changing that they …

Column: A Remarkable Moment in Legal History

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Washington Who would have thought: ∎ That gay rights groups’ biggest concern would not be how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage but that it wasn’t ruling fast enough? ∎ That the Republican response to the justices’ move to let same-sex marriages proceed in half the states …

Column: Hey, Voters, Happy Days Are Here Again

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Washington As Ken Burns’ superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, Happy Days Are Here Again is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren’t the Democrats, and the country, singing it loudly now? A party controlling …