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National columns


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    
Updated yesterday

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    
Updated yesterday

Berkeley battles Big Soda

Robert B. Reich: Berkeley vs. big soda … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

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

Magic wheel stops spinning

The get-rich-quick town is going broke. Again. On a recent breezy Saturday night, row after row of slot machines at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic … Full story    
Published:  September 16, 2014

Wondering ‘what if’ as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked … Full story    
Published:  September 16, 2014

A time for small things, including government

“Twentieth-century technology,” writes economic historian Joel Mokyr in the Manhattan Institute’s excellent City Journal, “was primarily about ‘large’ things.” Large in physical size, that is. … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2014

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

In his Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy … Full story    
Published:  September 14, 2014

Renouncing American citizenship – for profit

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with all the rights of flesh-and-bone citizens – beginning, of course, with the First … Full story    
Published:  September 14, 2014

Why we needed to see video

Should we have seen the video of Ray Rice pummeling Janay Palmer Rice into unconsciousness? Unequivocally, I say yes. Before explaining why, I want to … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2014

Extremism in defense of re-election

Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2014

Rice video revealed nothing new

Apologies for the blunt language, but can we please cut the crap? Meaning: can we stop pretending we know something now that we didn’t before … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2014

Will justice do justice in Ferguson?

By MONA CHAREN

It has been over a month since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., and we have yet to hear the police officer’s … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

Congress’ whopper of a mess

Customers can be so demanding. First they criticized fast-food joints over nutritional content. Now they’re getting picky about tax and labor practices. In recent weeks, … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

President Obama’s flexible red line on immigration

No one will ever mistake President Barack Obama for Lyndon Johnson, the master legislator as president. He doesn’t really do congressional schmoozing or arm-twisting. Compromise … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

Is Mitt getting ready?

As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains blurred, two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2014