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Cutting taxes without busting the budget

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 3:28 pm

A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy,...


Lower corporate tax rate and do it now

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

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 the United States to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.Not fair,...


Training middle class to just settle for cheap

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

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 stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being.


Summers at the cottage just aren't what they used to be

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

It's a lovely evening at my wife's shared summer home, next to Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonboro, N.H. The water is perfectly calm, and the night is clear; the occasional late August shooting star rushes up the skydome to the Milky Way.We...


Obama's stopped caring what his critics say

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

It's "back to school" week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called "the vacation from Hell." So perhaps it's a good time to examine what's been going wrong for Obama recently and whether he can fix it.The common complaint of...


Seeds of attack sown by Muslim arrivals?

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the United States is "not going to be restricted by...


Deliberate response to hooded face of evil

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world. But people aren't built that way, not in Muslim countries or anywhere else.


The inescapable crisis: It's only a matter of time until the West will go to war with Islamic State

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:47 am

The beheading of U.S. freelance photographer James Foley, now confirmed by U.S. officials, recalls the similarly gruesome murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. It should act as a reminder, too, that the Islamic...


For Salvadoran teens, flight from barbarism

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

The most distressing part of listening to three young Salvadoran siblings describe the horrific violence that led them to flee their country in the spring and join their mother in Prince George's County, Md., was, perhaps, their matter-of-fact...


Newspapers are still here and still profitable

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

The sky is always falling and newspapers are always dying.For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at washingtonpost.com, the Guardian US, and now, the Newspaper Association of America, I have been...


Ferguson strafed by social media

 August 23, 2014; Updated: 1:31 pm

Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?We've seen predominantly African-American communities caught up in such...


Stopping the worst people on Earth

 August 23, 2014; Updated: 1:31 pm

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 of their divisive sectarian prime minister.They did. He responded.With the support...


Consensus emerges on arming Ukraine

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

At the public kickoff of a discussion in Aspen, Colo. about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was "petting a dog and saying 'nice doggie' until you can...


Media decides which black deaths are news they can market well

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.What...


Anti-science strategy rallies ignorant

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of - to use the biblical term - the heavens.That...


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 August 18, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

‘What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision."These words, marrying petulance and implausibility, were spoken by President Barack Obama when he was asked, shortly after the...


Real cowboys don't summer out on Martha's Vineyard

 August 17, 2014; Updated: 6:04 pm

For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the...


Rockports' high-speed Internet access could be replicated here

 August 17, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

Rockport, Maine, population 3,321, is trying to solve the existential dilemma of small-town America: How do you get people like Meg Weston's students to stick around?Weston is the president of Maine Media Workshops + College, one of...


Marriage policy should be worked out in states

 August 16, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost...


To displace Dems, Conn. GOP must stand for something

 August 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

On Monday Tom Foley's commercials were disparaging John McKinney as a "career politician." But Tuesday night after McKinney conceded the Republican primary election for governor, Foley praised him for having spent "15 years defending Republican...


Islamic enemy ignores bin Laden's warnings

 August 14, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united...


U.S. must take war to radical Islam

 August 13, 2014; Updated: 7:09 pm

When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid. Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last Friday that the U.S.


Fans of Rebel South love offensive flag

 August 11, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Hubert Wayne Cash, 65, a Navy veteran and retired phone company worker, spent an hour at his home Tuesday explaining why he allowed the recent erection of a giant Confederate battle flag in his wooded back yard north of Fredericksburg, Virginia...


Capping incomes? Not that crazy a concept

 August 10, 2014; Updated: 7:50 pm

Instead of putting a floor on what people get, why not put a ceiling on how much they get to keep?


The CIA works hard at hiding from oversight

 August 10, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft against...


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