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Column: Video Confronts Us With Reality of Abortion

Monday, July 27, 2015

“Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 Washington Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of its senior directors. Her remarks lacked compassion, admitted Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. As if Dr. …

Column: Should 90-Year-Old Ex-Prison Guard Be Prosecuted?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Should Denmark prosecute a 90-year-old Dane who volunteered as a Nazi concentration-camp guard more than 70 years ago? The question isn’t hypothetical: The Simon Wiesenthal Center has presented Danish authorities with a dossier urging the prosecution of Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who by his own account was present at the Bobruisk camp in 1942-43 when 1,400 Jews were killed there. And the answer isn’t …

Column: Neville Chamberlain Deserves a Fairer Hearing Than History Has Provided

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington After the final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program was announced in Vienna earlier this month, references to one long-gone politician surged on social media: Neville Chamberlain. This is not surprising. The late British prime minister, who presided over the ill-fated Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler in September 1938, is the …

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 …

Column: Losing Faith in Our Fathers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What’s an English teacher supposed to do when Atticus Finch, white paradigm of colorblind justice as a lawyer in To Kill A Mockingbird, is toppled from his pedestal, and by his own creator, Harper Lee? I feel like my world has come undone. The New York Times was …

Column: Is Your House Monitoring You?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Palo Alto, Calif. Your toaster will soon talk to your toothbrush and your bathroom scale. They will all have a direct line to your car and to the health sensors in your smartphone. I have no idea what …

Column: Clinton Launches Economic Debate

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Washington Will the 2016 presidential campaign continue to be held hostage to Trump-mania and stories about a rope separating Hillary Clinton and journalists at a New Hampshire parade? You can be certain that Donald Trump will not allow …