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National columns

Debate about war protocol hamstrings defense efforts

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the war on terror. And it … Full story    
Updated 9 hours ago

The bad rep of for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges can’t get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too. For-profit … Full story    
Updated 9 hours ago

Will Republicans draw wrong conclusion from the 2014 campaign?

If Republicans have become more bullish about their party’s prospects for victory Nov. 4, it could be traceable to a recent poll by the Wall … Full story    
Updated yesterday

UN speech may indicate a tougher Obama


The president that many fellow Democrats have been looking for ever since Barack Obama’s 2008 election may have shown up last week at the United … Full story    
Updated yesterday

These kids should count, too


It shouldn’t be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2014

Why ordinary people bear economic risks and Donald Trump doesn’t

Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2014

Resetting the gender dialogue

With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men. That was the upshot of a speech that Watson, … Full story    
Published:  September 26, 2014

Cry, you’re on hidden camera

Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation … Full story    
Published:  September 25, 2014

Have schools gotten worse?

Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial … Full story    
Published:  September 24, 2014

Climate march to nowhere

Anti-climate-change marchers took to the streets of Manhattan, N.Y., in the hundreds of thousands over the weekend to demand international action to fight global warming. … Full story    
Published:  September 24, 2014

Cashing in on voting

The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly … Full story    
Published:  September 22, 2014

Too Rich for my taste

‘’Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first … Full story    
Published:  September 22, 2014

A rough month in America for women

Mark Sanford’s heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. … Full story    
Published:  September 20, 2014

The envelope, please – and a living wage, too

After a self-congratulatory rollout to rival the ruckus of God’s six days of earth-making, Marriott International has begun leaving envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage … Full story    
Published:  September 20, 2014

Berkeley battles Big Soda

Robert B. Reich: Berkeley vs. big soda … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2014

President needs Congress to approve his war

The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war … Full story    
Published:  September 18, 2014

Let Congress vote on ISIS

We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS. Polls show the public wants strong measures. Practically everyone on … Full story    
Published:  September 17, 2014