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This week had its share of tragedies great and small.
To regain its appeal and improve its future, suburbia can’t just look to the past.
A part-time youth minister in Texas dresses like a convict for 40 days to highlight the obstacles inmates face on returning to society.
The Fresh Air Fund camping program gave one Bronx boy the outdoor activities he couldn’t find in his neighborhood park. Readers can help others like him this summer.
The Justice Department removed a Malaysian professor from the overbroad no-fly list after eight years of confounding litigation.
Regardless of whether you agree with the Democrats or Republicans on health reform, it could have profound implications on the midterm elections.
The man who is showing Paul Ryan around poor corners of America talks about the real barriers to upward mobility and the 'poverty Pentagon.'
President Obama touts raising the minimum wage at pricey restaurants, not at fast-food places where it would hurt.
Revisionist powers are rising as Obama and Europe fail to respond.
Credible reports of new attacks, despite the promises by Assad.
A big mutual fund company tries to block pro-taxpayer reform.
At least 15 states prohibit 'false' political statements in campaigns. That's the kind of judgment best left to voters.
The Russian president is a product of the 20th century KGB. He knows that subversion is much cheaper than invasion.It was tempting to look at last week's diplomatic agreement to pull Ukraine back from the brink of war and see the beginning of a grand compromise between Russia and the West.
When it comes to scientists and engineers, the U.S. is well supplied.We've all heard the dire pronouncements: U.S. science and technology is losing ground to its global competitors because of a nationwide shortage of scientists and engineers, due primarily to the many failures of K-12 education. But are these gloomy assertions accurate?
Loosening constraints on campaign donations and spending doesn't destroy democracy.Campaign finance reformers are worried about the future. They contend that two Supreme Court rulings — the McCutcheon decision in March and the 2010 Citizens United decision — will magnify inequality in U.S. politics.
I work on skid row. But I don't want to encounter the risen Christ, for how can any of us begin to measure up to his example?I go to Mass almost every Sunday, but I try to avoid the big holidays. Especially Easter. In most Christian churches, Easter is a kind of triumphalistic affirmation of Christian certainty. My sense is that the Resurrection is not a celebration; it is a threat and a challenge. Even though I am a Catholic Worker and I live and work with the homeless and serve a meal at our soup kitchen every day, I don't want to encounter the risen Christ, for how can any of us begin to measure up to his example?
Saddam Hussein represented cruelty and oppression. The U.S. represented freedom and democracy. But the scandal at Abu Ghraib rendered this distinction untenable.The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed, the inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary — Iraqi officials suggest the latter — this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. By any measure, this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify?
The state already has one such fund, but Gov. Brown's proposal has several advantages.At Gov. Jerry Brown's request, lawmakers will start working next week on a rainy-day fund to better prepare the state for the inevitable next downturn. The fund is such a sensible idea that the state already has one: the Budget Stabilization Account, which was created by Proposition 58 in 2004. The problem is that it doesn't work. And an initiative to create another flawed version is already on the November ballot. Brown has suggested a third version with several improvements that would address the problem of volatile revenues more directly, but his proposal would do too little to curb irresponsible spending.
Bless you, not the long-flying germs If you think you're safe when someone sneezes at the other end of the bus or train, think again. You could still be showered in germs.
Stealing from the futureChicago Public Schools officials plan to use another budget gimmick to fill a multimillion-dollar shortfall. This is not a sustainable strategy.
WGN television station's birth recalled as breakup nearsWhen the Chicago Tribune launched a television station in spring 1948, it demonstrated that while its publisher, Col. Robert R. McCormick, politically harked to the past, he was fascinated by technological progress and determined to be on the cutting edge.
Appealing to our better angelsPope Francis, preaching social tolerance and church doctrine, is winning hearts and minds beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Innovation or theft?Those Flash Boys of finance have made trading more efficient. Over-regulating this innovation would be counterproductive.
An appealing concept offers less than meets the eyeThere is nothing wrong with acknowledging and accommodating the interests of those harmed by lawbreakers. But there are pretty narrow bounds on what more can and should be done on their behalf.
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? Read full article >>
If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line. Read full article >>
“Love never dies,” the Rev. James Manion preached in his Palm Sunday sermon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the District’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Much will come to an end; knowledge will pass away, he said. But love, Manion declared, will never fail. Read full article >>
The new “agreement” between Russia, the United States and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs. Read full article >>
March’s NCAA playoffs are behind us, but the madness continues. From Wisconsin, cradle of the Progressive movement, comes news that the state Republican Party — the party of La Follette! — has advanced a pro-secession agenda. Read full article >>
Forget raising the minimum wage. How about enforcing the meager minimum already on the books? Over the past year, low-wage workers and their supporters have protested, struck and polemicized for a raise of some kind, a proposition that has support from the White House and most Americans, if not Republican politicians. But low-wage workers face an even more upsetting affliction that both parties should feel comfortable condemning: Employers are stealing from their employees, often with impunity. Read full article >>
Geneva agreement represents progress, but pro-Russian protests continue
Tommy Lynn Sells has been executed, but he still haunts my memories.
We spent the Friday after the Tsarnaevs' attack caged on campus.
Even fake hate can fuel instability.
The late-night comics on Google Glass, the Rob Ford video game and other advances
The marketing is enough to trouble anyone who believed that the nation finally had smoking on the run.
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