The protests may only invigorate a flaccid dictatorship.
Turns out access to free birth control doesn’t encourage promiscuity.
Readers react to a column by Ezekiel J. Emanuel defending more restrictive doctor networks.
Robert A. Perry of the New York Civil Liberties Union writes about the accomplishments of David A. Paterson.
A reader responds to an Op-Ed essay, “Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?”
Dr. Alan Meyers of Boston University responds to a Sunday Review article, “The Fat Drug.”
Unleashing the economic power of older workers is essential for U.S. prosperity.
Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West?
Why declare war on the tech workers who pour $14.5 billion of income tax into California?
The White House kills a regulation under bipartisan pressure.
Erdogan declares war on YouTube and Facebook.
Putin's former prisoner has a message for his fellow Russians.
Robert Levinson has been held in Iran for seven years. It's time the U.S. fulfills its duty to him and brings him home to his family.Seven years ago Sunday, my father, Robert Levinson, was taken hostage while visiting Kish Island, Iran. He is currently the longest-held hostage in U.S. history, and will likely be marking his 66th birthday Monday in captivity, thousands of miles from his wife, seven children and four grandchildren — three of whom have been born since he was kidnapped. We have not been able to communicate with him at all in those seven years.
The program, which has provided funding for more than 2.3 million students in the state since it was launched, is in jeopardy.Since 1955, California has provided a vital funding bridge to higher education for needy students. I know about this firsthand. It was only because of the state's Cal Grant program that I was able to attend college at what is now Loyola Marymount University, and many students at Santa Clara University, where I am president, are benefiting from the grants today.
Obama is not a dictator, but there is a danger in his aggregation of executive power.Recently, a bizarre scene unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives that would have shocked the framers of the Constitution. In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he had decided to go it alone in areas where Congress refused to act to his satisfaction. In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch. Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause; they seemed delighted at the notion of a president assuming unprecedented and unchecked powers at their expense.
The computer giant can afford to abandon traditional measures of intelligence. Most companies can't.Laszlo Bock, the head of human resources at Google, made quite a splash with his announcement last year that the technology firm has changed the way it hires people. Gone are the brainteaser-style interview questions that so many candidates abhorred. But also gone, it would seem, is any concern with discovering how smart applicants really are. "GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.... We found that they don't predict anything," Bock told the New York Times.
Every foreign policy action produces 'an unequal and opposite overreaction.'When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, one of his selling points was the promise of a more modest foreign policy than that of his predecessor. And when Obama won reelection 16 months ago, he renewed that pledge. Drone strikes against Al Qaeda would continue, and Navy visits to the South China Sea would increase, but the U.S. footprint around the world was being resolutely downsized.
The Espionage Act should be rewritten to deal with issues of intent and motive, and it should be enforced equally.The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't enforcing the Espionage Act only against political opponents.
Chicago gains but urban life loses in building boomThe Chinese and their architects are putting up skyscrapers, Chicago-style. But they're not building cities, Chicago-style.
Pretentious, silly but increasingly less FrenchThe French beret may be headed for the ash heap of history.
¿ Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come.
Endorsements in Cook County subcircuit races Here are our choices for contested races in the Cook County Circuit Court's 15 subcircuits. These are Democratic primary elections, except for a Republican race in the 13th subcircuit.
The Ukraine issue is often posed as a showdown: will it join East or West? But if it is to survive and thrive, it should be a bridge between them.
Try to use 'juxtapose' in a simple sentenceThe College Board recently announced a revamp of the SAT, eliminating obscure vocabulary and deductions for wrong answers. Those changes should be applauded.
The Pentagon may be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars studying Vladimir Putin’s body language in order to “better predict [his] actions,” but Putin does not need a study to read President Obama’s body language. Read full article >>
Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas? Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections? Read full article >>
The crisis in Ukraine reminds us that the future is unpredictable, that wars routinely involve miscalculation and that brute force — boots on the ground, bombs in the air — counts. None of these obvious lessons seems to have made much impression in Washington, where the Obama administration and Congress continue their policy of defunding defense and reducing the United States’ military power. Read full article >>
For Republicans to block one of President Obama’s nominees is dog-bites-man non-news. For members of the president’s party to defect is more notable. And for Democrats to worry more about their political hides than a nominee’s fitness for service — as happened in the Senate this week — is simply revolting. Read full article >>
Jeffrey E. Thompson, the now-fallen captain of the government-contracting scheme, long had the pleasure of playing the big shot, tooling around town like Lady Bountiful, conspicuously and benevolently shelling out other people’s money. For years, Thompson lived high on the hog courtesy of D.C. and federal government contracts, grazing on chops and loins while some lesser taxpayers were left to get by on pig’s feet and chitterlings. Read full article >>
When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Read full article >>
Time to live-stream data from black boxes.
President can add to his legacy by helping these men, who are an endangered species.
Victory in 2016 means moving beyond anti-Obama rhetoric.
As the bull market turns five, let's look back at what we've learned about the U.S. economy.
Suggestions from Saturday Night Live and late-night comics on dealing with Putin, Ukraine.
Why do police departments need military vehicles and weapons?