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National columns


President Obama makes bad history with Iran agreement

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Could Trump actually win?

The American political class has failed the country and should be fired. That is the clearest mes­sage from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and … Full story    
Updated yesterday

The discovery of a planet much like our own raises some fascinating possibilities.

NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life. This … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Why is the government in the business of conferring a right to marry at all?

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissent­ing Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Before we lose our minds

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare - as opposed to "attack­ing the seniors," … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

So many candidates for a position nobody really wants

Like Roger Dangerfield, American vice presidents get no respect. Witness the way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker put down fellow Republican presi­dential candidate Sen. Mario Rubio … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2015

The Obama administration seems keen on imposing its vision on everyone

Surely this wasn't what Barack Obama had in mind. One need not revisit the moun­tains of purple prose that greeted Obama's ascent to the White … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2015

Medicare, Medicaid changed health care

It was 50 years ago this week that the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark amendment … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2015

Diaper dilemma shouldn’t be

A worrisome trend in this country illustrates in the stark­est terms how a mother's income affects not only her baby's health but hers, too. Child … Full story    
Published:  July 25, 2015

Why it really doesn’t matter what Trump’s policies are

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as sec­retary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this … Full story    
Published:  July 25, 2015

Trump’s longevity depends on his developing a filter

Donald Trump can't help him­self. Nor can we. The "worse" he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, … Full story    
Published:  July 24, 2015

Ours is not a justice system

The United States does not have a justice system. If we define a justice system as a system designed for the production of justice, then … Full story    
Published:  July 24, 2015

The grotesque business of Planned Parenthood

It's hard to have an honest debate about abortion in this country, when the issue is so often shrouded in evasion and deception. That's why … Full story    
Published:  July 22, 2015

The nature of US terrorism

The details about Moham­mad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out in the familiar … Full story    
Published:  July 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s economics

Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the single individual most likely to be elected the next president. So it's worthwhile looking closely at and … Full story    
Published:  July 21, 2015

Iran has right to deny international inspectors access to any undeclared nuclear site

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you don't expect to revisit the … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2015
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No reason to grow invisible

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror … Full story    
Published:  July 18, 2015