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Marcia Maria, who is seven months pregnant, waits to be examined at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Brazil is in the midst of a Zika virus outbreak, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people's homes and can breed in even a bottle cap's-worth of stagnant water. The virus is suspected to be linked with occurrences of microcephaly in new born babies, but no link has been proven yet. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Column: Health Officials Are Steering the Right Course on Zika Outbreak.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities. It’s possible the situation will become worse than expected, both worldwide and in the U.S., where some spread can’t be ruled out. Zika may be blamed for some U.S. cases of microcephaly — the birth deformity tentatively linked …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and 1996 GOP standard-bearer was eager to share his views on the 2016 Republican front-runners, particularly …

Steve Nelson: The Big Lie and Education Reform

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What major event changed the course of recent history and was based entirely on a falsehood? The obvious answer is the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of lives and several trillion dollars have been squandered. All of this tragic waste was triggered by false claims of weapons of mass destruction, a lie that was too easily swallowed in the hunger for revenge following …

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 …

Column: The Life-Changing Magic of Sharing the Chores

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A de-cluttering trend is sweeping the nation. Old sweaters and unread books have been put on notice: They’re not safe in the attic anymore, they’re destined for the curb, and it’s all thanks to a Japanese woman named Marie Kondo. In her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of …

Willem Lange: What’s Right With America

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Montpelier Political campaigns in the United States are so long and so exhaustively covered by the media that they’ve become soap opera. The effect is intensified by social media, which foster a lively under-debate — the below-stairs lives of the servants in Downton Abbey spring first to mind …

The British Respond to Trump With Ridcule

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Washington The British Parliament set out Monday afternoon to debate a question that is often argued on this side of pond but has never before been taken up in the halls of Westminster: Is Donald Trump dangerous? Or is he merely a buffoon? The man who would Make …