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Column: They’re Proud to Be ‘Clinton Democrats’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.” The tagline: “David Perdue, he’s not for you.” …

Column: Why U.S. Should Provide Ukraine Weapons

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of Congress last month, he thanked the United States for its assistance in confronting Russian aggression, and indeed, our country, along with our NATO allies, has done much. But Poroshenko asked us for more. “Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important,” he said, “but …

Column: Most Common Side Effect of Ebola Is Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn’t protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get …

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 …

Dan Mackie: There’s Still More to Say About Jeter, A Lot More

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Red Sox fans were left unsettled last weekend by the lavish retirement ceremony for Derek Jeter at Fenway Park, where he was feted as if he’d played for the Red Sox for 20 seasons, rather than the New …

Column: Why Republicans Must Control the Senate

Saturday, October 4, 2014

You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can’t win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here’s why. In midterms, it’s all right to be the party of no. The 2010 election, for example, was …

Column: Fashion and Religious Garb Clash In Abercrombie Hiring Case

Saturday, October 4, 2014

In France, the bitter controversy over the hijab, or headscarf, worn by some Muslim women relates to citizenship, feminism and the secularism of the French Revolution and Republic. In America, we have Abercrombie. So perhaps it’s fitting that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will take its …