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Column: It Takes a Hero to Be Humble in Politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. You read that right: An investigation by The Boston Globe found that unlike politicians who go to great lengths to puff up their military backgrounds, Moulton, as the paper’s Walter Robinson wrote, “chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice …

Column; Police Criminalize Misbehavior in Schools

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who among us has not inwardly been gleeful at having gotten away with something at school? Knowing the teacher didn’t like the subject of our theme but blowing her mind with how original it was. Pushing the line on a high school drama performance. Forcing the administration to back down on a policy of no student cars in the parking lot. Dying your …

Column: Monica Lewinsky Rejects the ‘Shame Game’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us. Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky’s decision to re-emerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyber-bullying, is awkward. …

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 …

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 …