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Willem Lange: There Was a Time When Scrappy Americans Pulled Together

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It’s difficult, I suppose, for the majority of our population — those between, say, 20 and 60 — to appreciate the enormity of the challenges our nation has faced and overcome in the lifetimes of those of us ending our eighth decade. My parents were married during the Great Depression, and in many ways never got over it. They shielded my sister and me from the anxiety it must have …

Column: Beware a Republican-Controlled Congress

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With two weeks to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes are high — not just for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but for the United States. The consequences of Republican control of both the House and Senate could be catastrophic for the environment, workers, women and minorities. …

Column: Beating Ebola Through a National Plan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain is an important initial step in mobilizing a coordinated national effort to confront this deadly virus. As the first U.S. hospital to successfully treat Ebola patients, Emory University Hospital has a unique perspective on the scope of the effort and skill required to care for such patients while also protecting the staff and public. One key …

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 …

Column: New Engineers Work to Close the Gap Between Rich and Poor

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

With college students now hitting their stride in the new academic year, one fact is glaringly clear: These are good days to get engineering degrees. Eight of the 10 highest paid majors are in the engineering sciences, and jobs are plentiful. Yet more than a few renowned engineers …

U.S. Government Needs Better Management

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Whatever happened to good old American know-how? The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence. The Secret Service can’t protect the White House. Public health authorities can’t get their arms around a …

Column: Government Wilting From The Sunshine

Monday, October 6, 2014

This summer, 40 years after Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace over Watergate, the onetime White House counsel who famously called the scandal a “cancer on the presidency” surfaced with a new book. In The Nixon Defense, John Dean revisited the coverup with an examination of more than 600 …

Column: Putin Is Set to Help His Pals and Bring Serfdom Back To Russia

Monday, October 6, 2014

If the U.S. and Europe ever get serious about finding and freezing the assets of sanctioned Russian oligarchs, they should keep it in mind that it will be ordinary Russians who might be forced to reimburse them. Soon …

Column: Why JFK Conspiracy Theories Won’t Go Away

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Describing someone as a “conspiracy theorist” is usually meant as an insult, suggesting tin-foil hats and babbling rants on late-night radio talk shows. But when it comes to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the list of …

Column: How Wall Street Changes the People Who Work There — For the Worse

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A few times in the past several decades it has sounded as if big Wall Street banks were losing their hold on the graduates of the world’s most selective universities: the early 1990s, the dot-com boom and the …

The Long View

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In the summer of 1988, I worked in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for the Appalachian Mountain Club. I lived at Greenleaf Hut on Mount Lafayette, carrying food and supplies, cooking meals for hikers, and spending my free time …