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A Harvard historian praises President Obama’s reluctance to flex American political muscle.
A thousand lawyers have joined Clemency Project 2014, the group says, to review cases of possibly unjust convictions or unreasonably harsh sentences.
Readers respond to a front-page article on the rarity of the poor at elite schools.
Readers respond to a column by Mark Bittman.
Students need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture.
The scandal over former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski is a test of the commitment to reform from Pope Francis.
Bond insurers have a good case against Detroit for unfair treatment in bankruptcy.
Calm when it comes to Putin, ISIS and Hamas, but furious with Israel.
A more urgent international effort in West Africa is needed to stop the disease and save tens of thousands of lives.
Judge after judge criticizes Labor's lawless assault on farmers.
Argentina harasses a U.S. company for closing up shop in Buenos Aires.
Canberra and Jakarta settle their intel rift, as jihadi recruiting grows.
Of all major cities in the country, Los Angeles has the highest percentage of population living in poverty. After decades of slow job growth and stagnant wages, 28% of Angelenos — 1 million people — today live below the poverty line. Our city's African American and Latino...
Among those who know Los Angeles' economy best, there is one point of agreement: The city is slowly recovering from the 2007 collapse. It was seven years ago that a national housing and financial crisis triggered the worst economic downturn of this generation, and it hit L.A. hard. Unemployment...
Once again, the poets came through. When we asked readers to submit opinionated poems for this year's Op-Ed poetry pages, we heard from nearly 1,000 of you. Your poems dealt with just about every aspect of modern life — with war and peace, with social media and social justice, with life...
A high school senior, Carlos is already a promising carpenter. He is volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity site, assembling the frames for the bedroom walls, the boards for one frame laid out neatly in front of him. He measures the distance between them. Measures again. Then he drives one...
The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations recently filed a lawsuit accusing the federal government of, among other lapses, denying due process to mothers with children detained at the border, including interfering with their efforts to obtain legal advice to guide them in...
Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will remain California Senate president pro tem for another month and a half, but for all practical purposes the end of the legislative session at midnight Sunday brings a conclusion to his six-year leadership of state government's upper house. In the...
We take for granted that the democratic or republican forms of government are inevitable and natural, that they are the best way to govern, and certainly far ahead of whatever comes in second.
Sokha Ten Meyer was 23, married to a Cambodian army officer and the mother of two children in 1975 when Phnom Penh, her country's capital, fell to the Khmer Rouge. The city's entire population was forcibly evacuated. This was the first step in a genocide that would kill an estimated 2 million...Sokha Ten Meyer was 23, married to a Cambodian army officer and the mother of two children in 1975 when Phnom Penh, her country's capital, fell to the Khmer Rouge. The city's entire population was forcibly evacuated. This was the first step in a genocide that would kill an estimated 2 million...
The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.
Where do millennials want to eat lunch?Where do millennials want to eat lunch?
SAN ANTONIO I grew up in Ferguson, Mo. No one ever heard of it, unless you lived elsewhere in St. Louis County.
Economists invoke "slack" when America's labor market fails to create enough jobs for those willing and able to take them. The result is an excess supply of labor.
In the 1991 movie “Naked Gun 2 ½,” Police Lt. Frank Drebin drinks away his sorrows in a blues bar while sad music plays and the camera pans across a wall with pictures depicting the worst disasters in history: the Chicago fire . . . the Hindenburg . . . the Titanic . . . and Michael Dukakis. Read full article >>
Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor-Day speeches in U.S. history would be delivered by a chief executive? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? Read full article >>
The questions hanging over Labor Day 2014 are whether and when the United States gets a pay raise. Ever since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the job market has been in a state of heartbreaking weakness. But the worst seems to be over. As Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board, recently noted, monthly increases in payroll jobs have averaged 230,000 this year, up from 190,000 in 2012 and 2013. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July from 7.3 percent a year earlier and a peak of 10 percent in October 2009. Read full article >>
To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville , where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong. Read full article >>
The essence of home rule is the ability of residents to elect their own leaders. When the electoral process is corrupted, as evidenced by the continuing stream of convictions for campaign-finance violations, D.C. self-government itself is jeopardized. Thus, a continued focus on offenders. Read full article >>
“Man bites dog” is the classic definition of news. By that standard, “Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague” ought to be no news at all. If you’re surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand — well, there’s only one explanation. Read full article >>
Treated like equipment at the end of their dangerous careers, they're often abandoned.   
Commissioner failed twice in Ray Rice case. New, tougher rules have vague loopholes.   
They can be sex, power, money and, yes, even children. Just ask Walter White.   
Video campaign to raise funds for ALS is great, but give for another disease, too.   
We asked our followers whether they thought "fracking" was worthwhile.   
What people are saying about President Obama and the Islamic State.   
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