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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...


Red states lose in federal tax cuts

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

From the happy reports, you'd think that liberals had only to celebrate the tea party's recent Mississippi defeat. True, Sen. Thad Cochran's winning strategy - reaching out to Democrats, in particular African-Americans - made for an especially...


Arrogant president refuses to change

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

President Obama appears to have forgotten - or ignored - why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like.

When polls began reflecting buyer's remorse about Mr. Obama in 2010, voters elected a...


Premium Content Has Gov. Malloy built a union bridge too far?

 June 30, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

'I am your servant!"

So proclaimed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a recent gathering of members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. Malloy bragged "We have more workers organized in the State of...


Vermont shows how to raise healthy kids

 June 29, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

A lifetime of good health starts in childhood. Health insurance, access to health care and regular exercise make for fit kids with long life expectancies. And nowhere in America are kids healthier than in Vermont.

Across a range of metrics,...


Challenging Obama's imperial presidency

 June 28, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense...


Crime-boss terrorist has fierce ISIS loyalty

 June 26, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from the British city of Cardiff,...


GOP must proclaim the virtues of liberty

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

It is a line I have used to open speeches on the lecture circuit for years and it never fails to get a laugh: "I'm happy to be here tonight far from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison."

That's only...


25 years of Sheff, are we any better?

 June 24, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Connecticut has some good "magnet" schools that have improved the chances of many students. But the Hartford Courant's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the state Supreme Court's decision in the school integration case of Sheff v. O'Neill,...


Trying new conservative approach to law & order

 June 23, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

When crime rates began rising in the 1960s and too many Americans felt unsafe walking in their neighborhoods, the idea of putting more people in prison - and keeping them there longer - made sense.

For the next three decades, our nation did...


Is less handiwork making us less human?

 June 22, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Have you stopped using your hands? Do your fingers struggle to sign your name? Is chopping an onion with a knife hard work? Must you call someone to fix a cabinet door off the hinges? Is it agony to sew on a button?

For many, computers and...


Ghosts of religious wars past

 June 22, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

A century of horror in Europe should alert us into involvement in the Middle East

"I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."

Martin Luther, reply...


Abdication's high price now confronts Obama

 June 21, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaida in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaida in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office.

Which makes Bush responsible for the terrible...


Working to prevent further Mideast chaos

 June 19, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Let's look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly...


State labor unions face win-win election

 June 18, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

After soliciting support Monday from the convention of the state AFL-CIO - that is, the government employee unions, the jobs of private-sector organized labor in Connecticut having moved away - Tom Foley, the leading candidate for the Republican...


Premium Content Attacks on America may well be coming

 June 17, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

As al-Qaida splits and morphs into different affiliates and offshoots, U.S. counterterrorism officials worry about what one calls a "potential competitive dynamic" in which different factions - including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now...


No choice but to renew U.S. air war in Iraq

 June 16, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

The war in Iraq was not over when the United States withdrew from the country in 2011. We just pretended that it was. Like it or not, our departure left a diplomatic and security vacuum that contributed to the crisis unfolding there. The...


The party of no immigration reform is on Cruz control for defeat in 2016

 June 15, 2014; Updated: 11:47 pm

There's a lot of chatter about Sen. Ted Cruz's triumphant appearance over the weekend at the Texas GOP convention. As The Post's Karen Tumulty puts it, Cruz "bestrode" the 8,000-strong gathering "like a colossus," confirming that "the...


Clinton should ready for challenge from left

 June 15, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

The elections of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have generated new energy in the Democratic Party's liberal wing, especially among critics of President Barack Obama's centrist course who fear a Hillary...


Ready for Hillary? It doesn't look that way

 June 14, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

I expected nothing but effusive praise from major media for Hillary Clinton's new book, "Hard Choices," much like the mass exaltation it showered on Barack Obama, America's first African-American president.

Initially that seemed where the...


Revenge best served with a fastball

 June 14, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. And although retribution shall surely come in the fullness of time, a ballplayer can only wait so long.

Accordingly, when Boston slugger David Ortiz came to bat against Tampa Bay's David Price at the end...


Eric Cantor defeat a win for gridlock

 June 13, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

The winner in Tuesday's mind-boggling defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wasn't just David Who? (Actually, David Brat.) It also was gridlock - for the remainder of this congressional session, and the next one, and probably for...


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