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Column: Back-to-School Dream — The Best Year Ever

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Even in places that remain in touch with the rhythms of agriculture, few seasonal markers prove as heady, reliable and poignant as the reopening of school. Every September the crosswalks ripen with kids in their back-to-school clothes; the long yellow buses harvest our lanes and streets. First the brightly colored backpacks and then, as if in imitation, the autumn leaves. Everyone has a share in the emotions that accompany this …

Column: How Does the GOP Solve a Problem Like Trump?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Every major Republican presidential campaign and every allied super PAC confronts the same question at their morning strategy meetings: What do you do with a problem like Donald Trump? For weeks the businessman/impresario has been running first in every national poll of Republicans. He dominates the race and consumes vast amounts of media oxygen, forcing other candidates to alter their tactics and strategies …

Willem Lange: Family Campout Memories

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hyde Park, Vt. During the month of August in 1971, our family — my wife, the three kids and I — paddled the headwaters of the Allagash River in Maine and followed it to its mouth. Then we stashed our canoes and hiked across Baxter State Park. The baby, Martha, was only 21/2 years old, but she did amazingly well, after first loudly …

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 …

Bush Dares to Tread Into the Iraq Debacle

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Washington Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway. Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular …

Column: Is This a Four-Party Moment?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If anything’s constant in American political life, it’s the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such as Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 or Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Yet, more rarely, at times of extreme political flux, this society has broken up into four parties. …

Column: Just Make the Case for the Iran Deal, Mr. President

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Washington President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president’s case for congressional approval. That case is strong but not overwhelming; it is not, to …