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The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Xiang, mother of panda youngster Bao Bao who was born Aug. 23, 2013, sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The zoo says that the hormone levels of its adult female panda were rising, a sign that she might be pregnant. Mei Xiang, one of the two adult giant pandas which arrived here from China on Dec. 6, 2000, has started to show a secondary rise in her urinary progesterone levels since July 20 after she was artificially inseminated on April 26 and 27, the zoo said in a statement.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Column: Raising Pandas for Profit

Monday, August 31, 2015

With spin that would make even P.T. Barnum blush, the keepers at the National Zoo are claiming that taking newborn cubs away from panda mother Mei Xiang is for her own benefit. She has strenuously resisted losing her babies to rubber-gloved humans who want to use artificial nipples to force-feed her little ones but to no avail. She stands little …

Column: Islamic State Needs Oil Money

Monday, August 31, 2015

The battle for Baiji, site of one of Iraq’s major oil refineries, is heating up again. Since May, Islamic State fighters have been chipping away at the Iraqi government’s control. Now it seems possible that the empty city and the shuttered refinery could fall. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi visited the battlefield last week and emphasized the site’s strategic importance to retaking Mosul. …

Column: Questions for the Next Debate

Monday, August 31, 2015

In a few weeks, the Republicans will hold their second presidential debate, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s bound to be a doozy. The continued ascent of Donald Trump, and his unmitigated displays of ego, id, racism and sexism, guarantee a viewership many times larger than what a “normal” intraparty debate …

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 …

Column: Paid Parental Leave Shouldn’t Be Just for the Elites

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Last week, the online streaming service Netflix announced it would offer (most) employees unlimited paid parental leave of up to one year. The news was met with resounding approval, and indeed, the policy is a laudable step in …

Column: Custer’s Last Miscalculation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crow Indian Reservation, Montana State Route 313 runs south up the valley of the Bighorn River across almost utterly flat land, relieved only by the incised valleys of the streams. It’s irrigated land; canals also cut across it here and there, studded with gates that can be opened …

Column: Conservatives Can Do Better Thank Trump

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

There is a segment of the American public — goodness knows if they are Republicans, ideological conservatives or even registered voters — that revels in raucous rhetoric, anti-government conspiracies and just plain nastiness in the name of anti-establishment …

Column: Too Many Exclamation Points!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The office workers of America are guilty of a grievous sin. I’ve done it, and chances are, so have you. If you haven’t, you most certainly have had it done to you. I’m talking, of course, about the gluttonous use of the exclamation point in a work email. …

Column: Mormon Church Needs to Maintain Ties to the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The upcoming decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on whether to break ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the admission of gay scoutmasters matters to the Scouts because, as of 2013, LDS-affiliates made up 17 percent of its membership. But the decision …

Column: The Promise and Peril of Corporate Reform

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

There are not many wholly new areas to open up in economic policy. But recent months have seen a wave of innovative proposals directed at improving economic performance in general and middle-class incomes in particular, not through government …