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In recent decades television has done major cultural damage, but it may be our best tool for change.
The European Commission has done Germany’s bidding: featherbedding its banks at Southern Europe’s expense.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s investigation of British Islamists is a disingenuous attempt to curry favor with autocratic gulf allies.
Brazil and the United States should be natural allies. They are not.
There are years, not decades, left to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and American leadership is urgently needed.
States could bring more young offenders into the mainstream if they did a better job of educating them while they were in juvenile facilities.
Former finance minister Alexi Kudrin projects up to $160 billion in capital will flee this year.
Allowing the full and immediate deductibility of capital investment would spur growth and raise wages.
Intellectuals fretting about income disparity are oddly silent regarding the decline of the two-parent family.
Market reform is crucial to avoiding the middle-income trap.
The pipeline delay lets Senate Democrats have it both ways.
Democrats carve out another tax break for the billionaire.
The TPP would have a devastating effect on jobs and America's middle class.Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal — in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids — can at last be concluded.
That speed and ease of thumb typing have taken the place of meaningful conversation and laughter is nothing to smile at.Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed."
A swarm of Ohio quakes that geologists say may be linked to fracking illustrate the risks in California.Many concerns have been raised about hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — but the one scientists know the least about is the potential for earthquakes.
Using criminal law to police truth during a political campaign, as exemplified in an Ohio case, is unnecessary.Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution?
A much-touted benefit of the Affordable Care Act, the out-of-pocket limit doesn't exactly live up to its name.One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act that President Obama often touts is the limit it places on medical bills: no more than $6,350 annually per insured individual or $12,700 per family. The insurance industry's idea of an "out-of-pocket maximum," however, doesn't deliver on the promise implicit in its name, as I learned when my insurer told me I might owe half of a $54,000 ambulance bill.
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.
In fact, yes. U. of C. scores again. Here's why Matthew Gentzkow of the University of Chicago won a major economics award.
Both sides of the campaign contribution debate have merit.
Presidential archives should be privately funded. Ask Clinton, the Bushes ...Illinois taxpayers could be on the hook for $100 million, plus interest, for a presidential library in Chicago.
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.
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.
Thomas Piketty has taken America’s liberal establishment by storm. Piketty is a French economist who has written a lengthy (577 pages) study, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” intended to provide a powerful intellectual justification for attacking the super-rich. Surprisingly, “Capital” hit No. 16 on the New York Times’ best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction books — a considerable feat for an academic treatise that, though clearly written, is no page-turner. Read full article >>
Robert Kagan recently wrote on this page that, foreign policy decision by foreign policy decision, President Obama has given Americans what they say they want. But the result hasn’t made them proud of America or of their president. Read full article >>
NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >>
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 >>
Why isn't Congress getting a better deal for taxpayers?
Government price controls are not a solution.
As case arrives at high court, remember U.S. history is full of mudslinging, half-truths.
Key for president will be assuring allies of U.S. commitment to their countries.
Despite an agreement reached last week to stop violence in Ukraine, pro-Russian protesters have not stood down.
When the boss decides to be an author, he's decided its time to stop being the boss.
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