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Column: Let Others Stand for Health and Fitness; Seated I Shall Remain

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stand up, if you want to live.” This seems to be a theme, lately, among health writers. If you stand more and exercise more, you will be healthier than if you simply exercised more. Stand up. Stand up right now. Keep standing up. Write everything standing. It lengthens your telomeres and, as far as we can tell, lengthening your telomeres is the way to immortality. They are like the little …

Column: Eric Holder’s Civil Rights Achievements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Thursday the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner joined with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the National Bar Association and the Black Women’s Roundtable to call for a full federal investigation in the police killings of the two young men. The Rev. Al Sharpton was part of the event, and he was about to take questions …

Editorial: Holder Failed The Economy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder, who plans to step down after more than five years in office, has efforts and achievements to be proud of, no doubt, but will probably be remembered above all for something he didn’t do: prosecute top executives for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. He declined to hold senior executives accountable not because he wished to be soft …

Column: Congress Must Join the Growing Consensus on Climate Change

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Since the 1980s, the dangerous long-term consequences of largely human-caused climate disruption have been plainly and forcefully explained to us. Repeatedly, scientists — generally a conservative lot — have issued new reports that promise accelerating degradation of the …

Steve Nelson: Leaders Grandstand After Great Tragedies; Nothing Changes

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I write on Sept.11. Moments ago I stood, greeting students, on the steps of the Manhattan school where I work. Thirteen years earlier, nearly to the minute, I stood in exactly the same spot and answered a cell phone call from my son, who lived in North Carolina …

Column: Power Must Be Employed With Caution

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the last decade, the views of Americans on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been …

Column: Congress Wanted to Be First in War, but Washington Prevailed

Saturday, September 13, 2014

President Obama is asking Congress for its “buy in” for military operations to combat the Islamic State, which has captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. This approach, which puts Congress in the role of merely …

Democrats Could Lose Senate For Awhile Time

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Democrats curse their luck in 2014 — a midterm in a president’s (often) grim sixth year, with most of the competitive races taking place in states won easily by the last Republican presidential candidate. Low presidential approval ratings in states that Democrats need to win — Obama is …

Dan Mackie: Time for a Smarter Watch

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Apple’s new smart watch was announced this week, and because it’s Apple, it will be insanely great, for starters, and do about a million things beyond the pedestrian task of telling time. Insanely great, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to tech since the launch of the …

Editorial: Fighting the Islamic State

Friday, September 12, 2014

The civil war that erupted in Syria three years ago spawned the vicious, and ambitious, terror force known as the Islamic State, a major threat to the Middle East, Europe and the United States. The rise of the Islamic State, or something like it, was a foreseeable consequence …

Column: Americans Are More Tolerant, but Are Keeping Their Distance

Friday, September 12, 2014

Americans like to believe that our exceptional story was cooked up in the proverbial melting pot. And it’s true that we’ve broadly taken strength from our diversity. But the way we engage our differences has more recently begun to shift. We’re more tolerant today than we’ve ever been, …

Column: From Teachout, a Lesson for Democrats

Friday, September 12, 2014

That was a notably unimpressive victory that Andrew Cuomo secured in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in New York, receiving his party’s nod for a second term as governor. Cuomo defeated Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, a largely …

Column: The Victim and the Abuser: A Love Story

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious. I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there’s no doubt: Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — …