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Israel's new war in Gaza and the failures behind it are a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.
Contrary to what many counterterrorism experts believe, ISIS has so far shown no interest in Western targets.
A feared virus returns to West Africa, taxing medical workers and terrifying communities.
Opinions on the costs of criminalizing pot, signing a disability treaty, changing the Redskins name and domestic violence in Israel.
A surge of interest in World War I hasn’t set off any new debate. Historians agree: This is a very consensual centennial.
Emails show a political motivation behind tax-exempt scrutiny.
To argue the Palestinian side, in the Gaza war, is to make the case for barbarism.
The crucifixion of a 3-year old, the U.S. helped Kiev shoot down Flight 17, and other tales the Kremlin media tell.
Kerry and Obama give both sides reason to keep fighting in Gaza.
A political vendetta imperils rare post-Soviet democratic success.
It joins Miami, St. Louis, Berlin, Brussels and more
Gov. Jerry Brown is on a four-day trip to Mexico City to talk to government officials there about trade and immigration issues. That's a reasonable thing for a California governor to do. Brown is not traveling alone: Nine administration officials and 15 legislators (some using campaign funds)...
"Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, S-21, creating a "commission of inquiry" to investigate human rights violations in the Gaza war. Nowhere does the resolution mandate that the commission conduct a fair, impartial and balanced investigation. This was not...
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should not be controversial: It requires equal access for the disabled and bans discrimination against them in all countries that sign on. There is no question that the Senate should ratify it. The only issue is why it has...
At the dawn of the broadband era, Congress recognized that the Internet was becoming so fundamental to communications and the economy that it barred states from taxing the services that enabled people to log on. But some anti-tax groups and online businesses have hijacked the "Don't tax the...
General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has made several trips to testify before Congress, most recently this month, about her company's defective ignition switches. The biggest headline-grabbing moment was her apology for the company's apparent 10-year coverup of the lethal problems....
Over-regulation in real estate makes the poor use the 'poor door.'
More money is not the solutionAfter Doug Chase was diagnosed with a brain tumor, his wife contacted a Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Mass., to have him treated there. That was in 2012. Finally, last month, the VA agreed to make an appointment. But by then Doug, a Vietnam veteran, had died. The letter from the VA, however, offered a heartening consolation: "We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner."
Letter to America from Columnist Mitch Albom celebrates how Detroit, a survivor, turns 313
An insult that does real damage An insult that does real damage.
When institutions for the mentally ill closed in Illinois, patients ended up on their own. They commit petty crimes and land in the criminal justice system.
When it comes to moments in history, 1973 was not exactly a banner year for the Republican Party. The Senate Watergate Committee began its televised hearings in May. Spiro Agnew resigned in October. And President Nixon used a pre-Thanksgiving news conference at Disney World to unconvincingly assure the country that he was not, in fact, a crook. A tough year, indeed, for the grand old party. Read full article >>
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti- Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.” Read full article >>
NEW YORK Something strange is about to happen here on Thursday: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before are probably going to call in sick. And that’s a good thing. The Big Apple, you see, is joining a handful of other trailblazing cities such as Washington, San Francisco and Newark in guaranteeing workers what Congress has not: mandatory sick days. Thursday will represent the first day that the newly covered workers can use the sick leave hours they have legally accrued. Read full article >>
The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own. Just say the word immigration and most GOP members of Congress either change the subject or scurry away. Rather than tackle a suite of genuine issues whose obvious solutions would clearly benefit the nation, House Republicans prefer to pass yet more useless bills that seek — and fail — to take away people’s health insurance. Read full article >>
Former British prime minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three. Read full article >>
On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. Read full article >>
Every year of delay only makes the eventual, inevitable solution more painful.   
The president has no plans to balance the budget or work with Congress on entitlement reforms.   
Aid organizations can help, but the federal government must give us permission now.   
Instead of focusing on rights of marijuana smokers, what about rights of our children?   
Hillary Clinton for president? Which joke cracks you up about her possible White House run?   
Mel Foote isn't likely to get much notice at historic event. But he should.   
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