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John Kerry's major Mideast blunder

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire - and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians. Kerry's error has been to put so much emphasis on...


Is 'The Giver' a fictional prediction of what might be approaching?

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn't alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood.Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a...


Don't ignore Kerry's foreign policy victories

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers - involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran - that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.The architect of these two...


Baby maybe

 July 27, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Economic insecurity has meant fewer kids for manyHer husband gets home close to 4 p.m., first day in 20 he has been back on the job as an electrician. He walks through the house, past the outlets with safety covers, the gated basement...


UConn pays up in suit, but what has changed?

 July 27, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

For $1.2 million, the University of Connecticut has settled the lawsuit brought by five women who charged that the university mishandled their complaints of being sexually assaulted by fellow students.The university denies any wrongdoing...


The world is ablaze, our leader detached

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf,...


'Sharing economy' won't pamper you

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house - or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of...


Germans remain leary of NSA spy network

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in...


Stop Palestinian aid, weaken the terrorists

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but...


Over-protection of kids doesn't serve them well

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 1:49 am

A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question:...


It's a mistake to take our alliance with German for granted

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 1:49 am

A decade ago in Berlin, a well-informed source cautioned me, half tongue-in-cheek, against holding meetings in a certain hotel not far from the Brandenburg Gate. It seems that a U.S. trade delegation had stayed there not long before and prepared...


Fears of Europe freezing inhibit Russian sanctions

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 1:45 am

Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter.


Obama foreign policy failings become manifest

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bomb-makers, that sounds like an emergency. Yet the Obama...


Self-defense justifies Israel's Gaza action

 July 16, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.Unfortunately, Philip Gordon, National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East,...


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 July 14, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

Parents of military veterans who took their own lives after surviving combat told a congressional panel on Thursday how not to prevent suicide:• Turn away a veteran of some 400 combat missions in Iraq because he's no longer active in...


Every dog has its day, and many of them do, in France

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

You are embarking on reading something that is hopelessly one-sided, patently biased and completely partisan. It is plainly and simply a call for equality.I want dogs in the United States to be accorded the same rights and privileges as...


When I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps ...

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 2:08 am

Hartford - Sara Bareillis played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband's 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I'd never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was,...


It's hard to fight hunger when you don't see the enemy

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 2:20 am

Hunger. If you can afford to pay for this newspaper, it's not something that you ever have to grapple with. In fact, there's a good chance you throw away enough food every year to feed another person for months.But truthfully, few of us...


Immigration reform? First secure the border, then we'll talk

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 2:20 am

The cab driver taking me to the Washington Nationals baseball game on July 4 is from Bangladesh. I ask him how he got here. He said his father "won the immigration lottery" some years back, was admitted under U.S. immigration law and eventually...


Clinton's fee exposes slush fund at UConn

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. senator, secretary of state, and presidential spouse and likely presidential candidate, came to the University of Connecticut a few weeks ago and prattled about equality - for which the university's foundation paid...


Where's common sense about the border crisis?

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis - more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally - as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn't enunciated a policy. He may not even have...


Rethinking Wilson's 'Fourteen Points'

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Middle East, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the famous "line in the sand" that is now said to be dissolving.


Does Atlantic City offer a warning?

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

There's nothing worse than being stuck in a taxi with two guys from the Bronx. Inevitably, they start talking about the old neighborhood or, worse, the Yankees.Stan Grossfeld is my colleague. Adam Lane is my taxi driver. They both grew up...


Is U.S. facing last call at the last mall?

 July 6, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Last week, Slate published photos of empty, decaying shopping malls from a new book, "Autopsy of America.'' The images are arresting, and the timing couldn't be better. Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts...


Popular myths surround our Independence Day

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 6:56 pm

You learned in school about what happened in July 1776, and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Britain. Right?Well, if you think that was the day that America's independence was declared by the...


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