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National columns


War-weary president at a crossroads

Faced with a renewed Islamic terrorist threat in the Middle East as Russia raises the stakes for war in Ukraine, President Barack Obama finds himself … Full story    
Updated 3 hours ago

Tax reform could be done

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of … Full story    
Updated yesterday

A grim stalemate at war’s end in Gaza

TEL AVIV, Israel – The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas … Full story    
Published:  August 31, 2014

The smallness of being in economy class

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. The middle class sees its … Full story    
Published:  August 30, 2014

Parenting full of goodbyes

This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on … Full story    
Published:  August 30, 2014

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    
Published:  August 29, 2014

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    
Published:  August 28, 2014

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    
Published:  August 27, 2014

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    
Published:  August 27, 2014

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