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Column: GOP Vs. Obama: Now the Division Is Clear

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Obama’s decision to back away from …

Column: A Billionaire Gives to Harvard: Yes, It’s Worthy of Charity

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now that he’s retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has time for popular billionaire pastimes. First, he bought a basketball team for $2 billion. Now he’s gotten into big-bucks philanthropy. Ballmer and his wife, Connie, are giving $50 million in unrestricted funds to bolster the endowment of the University of Oregon, her alma mater. (She’s also on the university’s board …

Column: Save Ovations For Great Performances

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I was commenting to my freshman class on their just completed series of presentations, a harrowing process of public speaking while being observed, taped and scored by professor and students alike. “You stepped out of your comfort zone,” I understated. “And that’s a good thing. I can guarantee you only one thing that will happen if you stay in your comfort zone. And …

To Put It Bluntly, Legalized Marijuana Is Kind of Lame, Man

Monday, November 10, 2014

Last week, Washington, D.C., advanced America’s 21st-century war on its 20th-century war on drugs. Now that marijuana is somewhat legal, the city’s African-American residents are less likely to be disproportionately arrested for a victimless crime. If the cannabis industry stays out of town, D.C. Council members, who should …

GOP Power Could Mean Trouble For Japan

Monday, November 10, 2014

Perhaps no one in Asia is happier than Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to see Republicans take over control of the U.S. Congress. Japan’s conservatives tend to prefer their American counterparts, who favor national security and nuclear power — not to mention a strong stance …

Dark Money Matters

Monday, November 10, 2014

So-called dark-money groups spent 27 percent more on this year’s elections than they did in 2010, thanks to reckless Supreme Court decisions and regulatory failures allowing unlimited, undisclosed political contributions. The groups hide donors behind the tax code, disguising themselves as “social welfare” organizations. In fact, they are …

Column: Today’s Veterans Continue to Serve on the Home Front

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The platoon mustered at zero-eight-hundred on a balmy Saturday, its members in shorts and standard-issue shirts, ready to be put to work. As they assembled next to the front gate, awaiting orders, a few rocked on the balls …

Column: Visit to Maine Stirs Memories of an Environmental Victory

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The first eagle appeared in late afternoon. We had just arrived and dropped our bags on the kitchen floor and passed through the house to the strip of lawn leading to the rocky beach and to the shimmering …

Steve Nelson: The Party of Tricks, the Party of Treats

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween and Election Day are always within the same week in America. What a great cosmic joke! They have so much in common: folks pretending to be something they aren’t; traditions overtaken by money and greed; really scary things everywhere you look. My 3-year-old granddaughter Maddie must be …

Column: Carpe Diem, and the Agenda, Republicans

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Washington Memo to the GOP. You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember: You didn’t win it. The Democrats lost it. This is not to say that you didn’t show discipline in making the election a referendum …

Column: Britain Mulls Migration, and the EU Too

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Two friendly European Union leaders told British Prime Minister David Cameron this week they’ll oppose him if he tries to chip away at the free movement of people within the EU, even if that means Britain leaving the …

Column: Democrats Need to Do Serious Soul-Searching

Friday, November 7, 2014

Washington For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse. Four years ago, the economy was still ailing and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the Tea Party was …

Column: The Voters Spoke, but What Did They Say?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Washington After the world’s most expensive election — $4 billion in spending — Americans have made it clear they haven’t a clue what to do about the nation’s problems. This is how we, the electorate, are being described: sour, dyspeptic, demoralized, disgusted, rebellious, frustrated, resentful, angry. Americans overwhelmingly …