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Column: Death Panel Hoax Is Put to Rest

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington Sometimes it’s good news when a story isn’t news. Such was the case when Medicare announced in early July that it intended to reimburse physicians for time spent counseling patients about choices for their “advanced care,” that is, medical treatment when they are very sick and near the end of life. The announcement didn’t get much news coverage and didn’t stir up much controversy. Why should it? Of course …

Column: Clinton Gets Specific on Corporate Reforms

Saturday, August 1, 2015

By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it’s Clinton who has been proposing to push U.S. big business in a more social direction. Sanders, to be sure, has long advanced …

Column: A Rescue of Syrian Christians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains. Elsewhere, it’s much worse. Twenty-one Copts were beheaded …

Column: The Grace I Encountered in Charleston, S.C.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A young mother hands a pen to her daughter, who is decked out in Lululemon attire, so she can write a message to the fallen nine in Charleston, S.C. Behind them stand three African-American bikers, one wearing a …

Column: Why I Named MY Son Atticus

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Antwerp, Ohio It was my husband who suggested the name Atticus for our first child. As To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite book, I immediately agreed. Atticus Christopher Sorrell was born on May 6, 1995. We read the book to Atticus as an infant and talked about …

Column: Let Greece Cash In Its Euros

Saturday, July 18, 2015

You may believe that Greece’s economic pain is mostly the doing of heartless and inept decision makers in Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin. You may believe that the Greeks’ fecklessness has been so extreme that cutting them any kind of slack will destroy the credibility of the euro. Either …

Column: When Reagan Negotiated

Friday, July 17, 2015

Washington When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: “I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands.” Reagan had a point. His …

Column: Bush and Clinton Are Both Wrong on Jobs

Friday, July 17, 2015

What do Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have in common? Not that much, you might think, but on the stump, both have sounded one similar note: They’re both worried about Americans who want to work more, but can’t. Jeb Bush has taken a lot of chaffing for his …

Editorial: Not the Final Frontier

Friday, July 17, 2015

The first detailed glimpse of Pluto was a stunner: A mottled, multicolored orb, shimmering 3 billion miles from Earth. It has craters, “great mounds,” a mysterious dark belt along the equator — even suggestions of snowfall. The photos came from the NASA spacecraft New Horizons, which has reached …

Column: We Can Do Better Than a Bad Iran Deal

Friday, July 17, 2015

As lawmakers and outside experts consider the Iran nuclear deal, we see a common conclusion: Yeah, the deal stinks, but voting no would be worse. This is wrong for multiple reasons. First, the deal makes further conflict in …

Column: A Rush to Judgment on Iran Deal

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Washington Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it. “You have created a possible death sentence for Israel,” he declared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This …

Column: Columbia Divests From Prison Corporations

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Columbia University recently announced that it is divesting from private prison companies. The move sends a powerful message that institutions should not profit from the mass incarceration of people. The Ivy League school, with an endowment of $9 billion, is selling its reported 220,000 shares in private prison …

Column: Iran Deal and Limits of U.S. Power

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Of all of the surreal moments Tuesday in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, the most bizarre was the conclusion of President Obama’s address from the White House. After touting the pact’s promises of greater monitoring and transparency, and the limits it places on Iran’s nuclear enrichment, …