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Column: As Whites Are Poised to Lose Majority Status, Backlash Is Muted

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a nonwhite-majority nation, a shift the U.S. is on track to achieve by mid-century. Certainly no nation has done so after half a millennium in which white Europeans and their American kin colonized much of the (nonwhite) world, and dominated global economics and warfare. …

Column: Exercise Is Great, but Diet Drives Weight

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The fitness industry has never been stronger. Health clubs in the United States brought in $22.4 billion in 2013, doubling their revenue in just 15 years. Sales of fitness trackers (the wearable devices that measure everything from your daily steps to your blood oxygen level) are expected to triple within the next five …

Column: GOP to the Rescue on Obamacare?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday predicted what would happen if Republicans won the King v. Burwell case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide any week now. The Journal said that if Obamacare subsidies disappeared in states with (mostly) Republican governors, there could be another “friendly-fire massacre” as people blamed the party for the collapse of the individual insurance market. …

Column: When New England Had Poor Farms

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In 1821, New Hampshire Gov. Levi Woodbury had grown deeply concerned about the great increases towns were absorbing in the cost of providing for paupers, such that he put forth a plan to reform the whole system of …

Steve Nelson: Testing Is Profitable, but Not for Students

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Measure the wrong things and you’ll get the wrong behaviors. This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall. Education reformers and so-called policy experts are constantly collecting and analyzing data. Many of these experts are, not surprisingly, economists. It’s …

Column: The Senate Hears a Plea From Sir Elton John

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Washington Sir Elton John, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, flew into Washington to testify Wednesday before members of the United States Senate — or, as they might more accurately be described, the Madmen Across …

Column: Pacquiao for President

Friday, May 8, 2015

Having lost the “fight of the century” to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao now has to deal with a class-action lawsuit accusing him of hiding a shoulder injury before the match. Assuming he can dispatch …

Column: Challenges for Conservatives

Friday, May 8, 2015

Washington If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days. It would be hard …

Dreaming Big Can Paralyze Graduates

Thursday, May 7, 2015

When I was in sixth grade, I had one goal: to be on Broadway. By eighth grade, I wanted to be a teacher. The following years brought fantasies of being a baker, journalist, environmental crusader, crayon color-namer, taste tester, photographer and rock band drummer. I trudged off to …

Column: Ben Carson’s Path to Glory

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Washington Ben Carson, who formally announced his run for the presidency Monday, is a brilliant surgeon, gifted storyteller and charismatic speaker. But modesty is not among his attributes. The retired Johns Hopkins professor’s launch video, nearly five minutes …

Column: Disaster Was Waiting to Happen in Nepal

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A large tin trunk filled with bottled water, canned food, blankets and a flashlight sat in our Katmandu garden for the four years we lived there. It was a daily reminder that tectonic plates were moving and a massive earthquake was overdue. I was privy to confidential reports …

Willem Lange: Knowing When to Exercise My First Amendment Rights, and When to Shut Up

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Montpelier I’ll never forget it: It was the fall of 1955. I’d been quarrying and cutting quartzite building stone for a couple months, and was feeling pretty tough. On a Saturday evening, a buddy (who really was tough) and I stopped in at the old Redfield, N.Y., Inn …

Column: Join the Conversation About Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fear of developing Alzheimer’s disease has become the foremost health concern among older adults. In addition to the human toll on individuals and families affected by this disease, the financial costs are staggering: Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to cost $109 billion in direct care in the United States, …