Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Two sides to every argument
April 5, 2015
King v. Burwell, a case recently heard by the Supreme Court, has been hailed by conservatives as an historic opportunity to uphold the Constitution and torpedo the Affordable Care Act. Liberals have denounced the case as a virtual death warrant for some who would lose their health insurance subsidies if the plaintiffs prevail. Isn’t it curious how a single subject can inspire such radically different views?
Opinion: Iran pact will be better once it’s signed
April 4, 2015
The most compelling argument President Obama made for the nuclear framework deal with Iran was also the simplest one: The pact, once concluded, would be preferable to any realistic alternative.
Opinion: Debate will change if ACA is threatened
April 4, 2015
Five years after enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the political debate between its supporters and its opponents continues to rage with remarkably little change.
Opinion: Turn to right not a winning strategy
April 3, 2015
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory.
Opinion: Iran process already paying off
April 2, 2015
The British diplomat Harold Nicolson observed in 1960 that “a good negotiation takes about as long as it takes an elephant to have a baby.” That has been true in the protracted Iran nuclear talks, although in this case, the baby may turn out to be stillborn.
Opinion: Embrace ‘sharing’ economy
April 2, 2015
Over the past few years, innovative new services such as Airbnb and Uber have sprung up across the nation, creating what’s been termed the “sharing” economy or “peer-to-peer” economy. These services have endured varying levels of resistance from local and state governments, as lawmakers have applied 19th- or 20th-century modes of regulatory theory to 21st-century technologies.
Opinion: Faith of exclusion not the only faith
April 1, 2015
On Sunday, people all over the world will commemorate the morning an itinerant rabbi, falsely convicted and cruelly executed, stood up and walked out of his own tomb. It is the foundation act for the world’s largest faith, a touchstone of hope for over 2 billion people.
Opinion: Venezuela must clean up elections
March 31, 2015
While U.S. and Latin American officials say that Venezuela’s political crisis should be solved through upcoming legislative elections, recent testimony before the U.S. Senate raised many questions: It said Venezuela’s voting registry includes the names of so many dead, many states have more registered voters than people.
Opinion: Four keys to evaluate an Iran deal
March 30, 2015
If you’re confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America — or for Israel — join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs.
Opinion: Informing the conversation
March 29, 2015
Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut.
Opinion: Do voters want more Clintonism?
March 29, 2015
An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of … what?