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Seeing the other side of politicians

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
It’s not every day that a casual encounter turns into a three-hour conversation.

Michael Gerson: Society needs both nonconformity, structure to thrive

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
The movie “The Imitation Game” has revived deserved interest in Alan Turing, the eccentric genius of Bletchley Park who helped create the marvelous machine that broke Nazi codes and hastened the end of World War II.

Froma Harrop: Republican tax cut plan doesn't add up

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom — a fabulous place where taxes are cut, military spending is not and budgets balance effortlessly

Eugene Robinson: Mayor, protesters not responsible for officers’ deaths

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Guest Column: Santa Claus exists for those who share in his gifts

Guest Column: Santa Claus exists for those who share in his gifts

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
A little girl helps an adult keep spirit of Santa alive

E.J. Dionne: Lame duck Obama has spring in his step

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers.

Charles Krauthammer: Lone wolves inspired by larger evil forces

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified last week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia.

Linda Chavez: Cuba decision is a victory for dictators

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
It may not be too early for President Obama to start job-hunting given his lame duck status, and I have a suggestion for the perfect fit.

George Will: States are gearing up to take back control from the feds

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors.

Today, educating involves more than the 3Rs

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Life is simple. Life is complicated. With which of these sentences do you best identify? Your answer probably influences your view on the Shenendehowa School District’s recent Board of Education-stated policy on gender identity and the use of bathrooms and locker rooms.

Time to take a snow day and remember the good times

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
It is possible to drown in nostalgia, but it can be a pleasant wallow, all told.
Why the CIA torture is wrong

Why the CIA torture is wrong

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
So why didn’t the German prison guards brutalize my father and his fellow prisoners?

Jill Lawrence: Time for Hillary and Jeb to declare their independence

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
If you need proof that upward mobility in America is increasingly elusive, consider the prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential race.

Joe Conason: Failed Cuba policy overdue for change

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Listen carefully to the Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls roaring with outrage over President Barack Obama’s courageous decision to normalize relations with Cuba; listen very carefully, because no matter how long or how closely you listen to them, there is one thing you will surely never hear.

David Sirota: Charter schools taking education back to segregation days

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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