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National columns

The perks of being a corp

“Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. “Unfortunately, marrying (my fiancee) does not entitle me to … Full story    

Is Putin worse than Stalin?

In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the “kulaks,” the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, … Full story    
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Preserve a lie or save lives?

Days before two federal courts issued dueling interpretations of the Affordable Care Act, I came across a 1958 photo of my paternal grandmother and felt … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2014

Are the good works of limousine liberals any less good?

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality? I’ve been thinking about this in light of the derision the … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2014

Making the rich work for us

In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing … Full story    
Published:  July 25, 2014

Neel Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0


MENLO PARK, Calif. – Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its … Full story    
Published:  July 24, 2014

President missed his calling


President Barack Obama must have missed his calling as head of the National Transportation Safety Board. In the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines … Full story    
Published:  July 23, 2014

Why the president and Democrats are in trouble

“Why do you think President Obama’s job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?” the interviewer asked. It’s a fair question, even though … Full story    
Published:  July 23, 2014

Waking up the Democrats

It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But … Full story    
Published:  July 22, 2014

Moral clarity in Gaza


Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in … Full story    
Published:  July 20, 2014

Cleveland Could Be Good for GOP, if ...

You needn’t be clairvoyant to deduce what the Democratic Party wants to run on in 2016. It really doesn’t matter whether their nominee is Hillary … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2014

A pipeline of sorrow

The Rev. German Calix, director of a Catholic relief agency in Honduras, described how gang members killed five children ages 5-13 in May: “They cut … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2014

The limits of corporate citizenship

Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills. But they’ll be leaving the country only … Full story    
Published:  July 18, 2014

Attacking Israel with the big lie: genocide

“Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re … Full story    
Published:  July 17, 2014

Obama’s ‘man-caused’ border disaster

As a defender of the nation’s borders, President Barack Obama is a hell of a pool player. The president enjoyed a game at a bar … Full story    
Published:  July 17, 2014

Our unwillingness to defend ourselves

The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 2012 losses because of personal identity theft totaled $24.7 billion. The money losses from identity … Full story    
Published:  July 15, 2014

Cleveland an inspired choice

At last, Cleveland gets another turn in the limelight After 80 years, the city of Cleveland, much maligned in lore as “the mistake on the … Full story    
Published:  July 14, 2014