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Column: Passion Is Often Overrated

Thursday, September 3, 2015

There is way too much passion in our midst. I don’t mean the passion of love and romance. There’s never enough of that. And not the passion of creativity, intellect and art. There’s a deficit of that. I mean the passion of commencement addresses, resumes and Twitter bios. I mean passion as in the advice thousands of college grads hear every spring to “follow your passion.” I mean the passions …

Column: GOP’s Denali Denial

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Washington Come now the Denali deniers. President Obama’s conservative critics have long said there is no depth to which he will not sink in his zeal to trash the Constitution. Now, apparently, they also think there is no height to which he will not climb in that same effort. Obama went to the …

Column: Don’t Mock ‘Micro-Aggressions’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Everyone knows that kids find their elders deeply uncool. We’ll reveal our own uncoolness by citing John Sebastian’s 1969 song Younger Generation to prove the point. “Why must every generation think their folks are square?” he asks. The lyrics go on to offer an uncomfortable futuristic scenario: a child who tells his dad about taking LSD and riding a toy vehicle that goes …

Column: A Presidential Campaign Is No Place for Novices

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Washington Presidential primaries, particularly ones with as many candidates as there are on the Republican side this time, go through many phases. Though the “Holy cow, Donald Trump!” phase is not nearly over, we may now be seeing a simultaneous increase in the attention and interest given to …

Column: Why GOP Candidates Resemble Romney on Foreign Policy

Monday, August 17, 2015

There’s a good reason so many GOP candidates seem to be well-prepared yet uncannily in sync when it comes to foreign policy: Most of them have tapped the same group of experts for guidance, a shadow foreign policy campaign infrastructure just waiting for a nominee to emerge. Ever …

Column: Put the Brakes on Traffic Stops

Monday, August 17, 2015

In one video after another this year, we’ve seen police stops of African-American drivers go violently, terribly wrong. Think of Walter Scott, killed by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Or Sandra Bland, pulled over for failure to …

Column: Let’s Talk About Campaign Finance

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ed Rogers For The Washington Post While everyone is waiting breathlessly for Donald Trump’s next utterance, here is something worthwhile to think about: campaign finance reform. Don’t stop reading! (Side note: Trump’s dodge that his comment about Megyn Kelly was about a nosebleed is a lie and everyone …

Column: We Must Design a New Capitalism for a Jobless Future

Sunday, August 16, 2015

“There are more net jobs in the world today than ever before, after hundreds of years of technological innovation and hundreds of years of people predicting the death of work. The logic on this topic is crystal clear. …

Column: Confronting the Human Face of Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan: Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945; Nagasaki on Aug. 9. With searing heat and annihilating force, the nuclear blasts tore through factories, shops and homes in both …

Randall Balmer: Like Father, Unlike Son — Billy and Franklin Graham

Sunday, August 16, 2015

As a student of religion in America, I can attest that there are few people in American religious history I admire more than Billy Graham. The evangelist, who will turn 97 in November, has for the most part …

Steve Nelson: Black Lives Matter, So Take Action Now

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black Lives Matter is raising a ruckus. It’s about time. Controversy arose recently when representatives from the Black Lives Matter disrupted two Bernie Sanders campaign events. Sanders’ reportedly “peevish” response was not well received. Time magazine reports that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was “jeered” when he responded to …

Column: The Left and Tech

Friday, August 14, 2015

Is the political left turning against technology? One could be forgiven for thinking so. Left-leaning media regularly expresses frustration with the titans of Silicon Valley, with the idea of technological “disruption,” and with automation. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the tech industry is often criticized over issues …

Column: Why Colleges Mollycoddle Students

Friday, August 14, 2015

If you’ve reached that crotchety age I’m at, you may be as mystified as I am by the kids these days —especially by how they’re behaving on campus. I get the naive leftist politics and the wildly irresponsible partying; I even understand the drive toward ham-fisted censorship of …