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Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been transformational. He has not fulfilled the early promise of change. That hoped-for change was not just political but also spiritual — it …

Column: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and He Thinks He’s Extraordinary

Monday, February 8, 2016

A few years ago, an internationally respected 68-year-old physicist fell for a sweetheart scam. Paul Frampton met a young supermodel online, became convinced he was corresponding with the new love of his life and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, to meet her. By the time Frampton arrived, the supermodel had been called away to a photo shoot in Brussels, but she left behind …

Editorial: Be Frank With Asian Leaders

Monday, February 8, 2016

President Obama has invited 10 heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to an unprecedented summit in California later this month — the first between ASEAN and the United States to be held on American soil. Obama’s aims are to advance his strategy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward Asia and (though this is largely unspoken) to counter China and …

Column: My Connection With Vermont Soil Goes Deep, as in Digging Deep

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Some say you aren’t a real Vermonter unless both your parents are buried in Vermont, as if the Vermont soil does something special to the genetic code. Both my parents are quietly resting under the Connecticut soil, so …

Column: Mother Nature Says: Take Notice

Saturday, January 23, 2016

For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA jointly announced …

Column: The Iran Deal Was Awful, but the Prisoner Swap Was Not

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Washington Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous, but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost all their fire on the swap sideshow. …

Column: Why Immigration Is a Big Deal for Conservatives

Friday, January 22, 2016

Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, is the latest Republican to learn how important immigration has become to conservatives. In her response to the State of the Union address, she argued both that immigrants should be made to feel welcome and that we have to maintain control …

Column: The Entire Republican Party Is Going Rogue

Friday, January 22, 2016

Washington The fixed smile on Donald Trump’s face as Sarah Palin unleashed her free-association, who-knows-what-she’ll-say-next harangue endorsing him on Tuesday sent its own message. “How long do I have to stand here?” it seemed to say. But of …

Column: When Green Power Is Not So Green

Friday, January 22, 2016

If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. In most states, rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, …

Editorial: Water Crisis in Flint

Friday, January 22, 2016

The state of Michigan has found itself facing a disaster over the provision of the most basic of services — clean drinking water. In 2014, the state tried to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. Corrosive water from the river caused …

Column: Trump Is Trump, but Cruz Can Be Smooth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Concord Donald Trump says Ted Cruz is a “nasty guy.” The Texan’s Senate colleagues agree. Yet here’s the surprise from watching Cruz on the campaign trail: Ideology aside, he comes off as . . . rather likable. To …

Column: Sanders Would Be Center-Right in Europe

Thursday, January 21, 2016

One of the more important arguments between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s Democratic debate occurred over whether to push for “Medicare for all,” as Sanders insisted, or to build more slowly on the limited success of Obamacare. Clinton said: “I do not want to see the …