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National columns


Public schools that really aren’t

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income. Which helps explain the growing achievement … Full story    
Updated 20 hours ago

Navy with a mission in mind

Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Obama’s Iraq war

ISIS is a force for evil that poses an imminent security threat to the United States, but please, let us get back to you on … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

The folly of undoing our elections

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his … Full story    
Published:  August 26, 2014

Stopping the worst people on earth

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2014

In defense of the criminal defenders

What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But some … Full story    
Published:  August 24, 2014

Ferguson: A failure of empathy

Earlier this week, I arrived for a scheduled visit with a medical professional and left reeling over just how divided we remain in this country … Full story    
Published:  August 23, 2014

From Texas to NY and NJ, scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many … Full story    
Published:  August 23, 2014

Cameras and more cameras

Published:  August 21, 2014

Is Ferguson our future?

“America is on trial,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St Mark’s Family Church in Ferguson, Missouri. At issue, the shooting … Full story    
Published:  August 20, 2014

When political principle hinders flexibility

Politicians have ranges of positions of varying widths that they find acceptable. Hillary Clinton, like her husband, has a very wide range of stands she … Full story    
Published:  August 19, 2014

Why Hillary got it right

“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” – Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10 Leave it to … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2014

The A-B-Cs of rampant grade inflation

Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation! Starting around the mid-20th century, a pandemic of meaninglessly high grades swept the nation. Steadily, the Gentleman’s … Full story    
Published:  August 16, 2014

Our gayest summer ever

Ten years after Ohio voters passed one of the worst anti-gay laws in the country, a downtown arena in Cleveland welcomed 10,000 athletes, fans and … Full story    
Published:  August 16, 2014

What Market Basket can teach us about capitalism

In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of the Market Basket supermarket chain have joined together to oppose the board of directors’ decision in … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2014

Into a new void?

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2014