Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Raisin case raises regulatory wrinkle
April 20, 2015
In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins.
Opinion: New ‘normal’ for U.S. demographics
April 19, 2015
Maybe, conservatives are done with dog whistle politics. After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. “I have to tell you,” he said, “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”
Opinion: Mideast unrest may last for decades
April 19, 2015
Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question last week to a class of students at Harvard’s Kennedy School. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.
Opinion: Unusual presidential race is shaping up
April 18, 2015
See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.
Opinion: Progressive gestures hurt universities
April 17, 2015
Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. 
Opinion: Good or bad, ‘Government’ is us
April 16, 2015
On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.
Opinion: Clinton campaign off to fuzzy start
April 15, 2015
Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what about you, Hillary Clinton? “I’m running for president,” because “everyday Americans need a champion.”
Opinion: Americas summit reflects power shift
April 15, 2015
The handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban ruler Gen. Raúl Castro was not the only symptom of changing political winds at the 35-country Summit of the Americas: Much of the region showed signs of ideological fatigue and a new yearning for pragmatism.
Opinion: U.S. must seek new balance in Iraq
April 14, 2015
The visit of Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Abadi to Washington this week will test whether the White House has any Mideast strategy beyond a nuclear deal with Iran. Even administration optimists have revised naive hopes that an accord would stabilize the region.
Opinion: CIA makeover spurs concerns
April 13, 2015
CIA Director John Brennan has just done what many of his predecessors at the agency surely dreamed of doing over the past few decades, which is to put the existing organization chart in
Opinion: It’s not just another ‘isolated incident’
April 12, 2015
“You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear.” — Jeremiah 5:21 So here we are with another isolated incident. That, at least, is how the April 4 police killing of 50-year-old Walter Scott will play in those conservative enclaves where the notion that there is such a thing as systemic racism is regarded as deluded and absurd. Those enclaves will not, of course, be able to claim innocence for now-fired North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager. As cellphone video captured by a passerby makes brutally clear, Slager repeatedly shot the fleeing, unarmed African-American man in the back after a traffic stop.

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