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Curb Your Pessimism

February 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. more »»

Do Lies Matter?

February 15, 2015 Assorted thoughts that surfaced during the kafuffle over Brian Williams. He is the NBC News anchor who likes to lie. First, NBC has been really, really, really slow to sack him. more »»

The Ultimate Enemy Of ISIS

February 14, 2015 The president’s request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country. more »»

A Little Humanity, Please

February 14, 2015 The last few centuries have brought amazing advances in our knowledge of how the world works, with increasing understanding of physical and biological processes, human health, economic phenomena, an... more »»

Why I’m Pulling For Brian Williams

February 13, 2015 Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection. Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fueling pettiness in the most honorable people. more »»

Fairness And Justice

February 13, 2015 Oxfam reports that the richest 1 percent of people in the world own 48 percent of the world’s wealth. Many claim that we should be alarmed by income inequality because it hampers upward mobility. more »»

Sixty-Third Annual National Prayer Breakfast... Let Us Pray

February 12, 2015 There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. more »»

Measles, Vaccines And Autism

February 12, 2015 The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. more »»

Brian Williams’ Fib And Credibility In The Anchor Chair

February 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — Back during the Vietnam War, CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite was judged in the polls to be “the most trusted man in America” for his straightforward nightly reports. more »»

A Mixed Papal Blessing

February 11, 2015 When the Gallup poll last asked, Pope Francis was rated favorably by 76 percent of Americans (including 78 percent of Protestants and 73 percent of those with no religious affiliation) and... more »»

Education Is The Business Of The States

February 8, 2015 WASHINGTON — In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for primary... more »»

Taxes Are A Joke

February 8, 2015 Will Rogers said that when Congress makes a law it’s a joke. And when it makes a joke it’s a law. These days when the President makes a budget it’s a joke. Because Congress won’t even read it. more »»

Now Is The Time To Rethink Education

February 8, 2015 The education policy world is buzzing. Universal pre-k for all 4-year-olds. Free community college to anyone who wants to attend. Major changes to the No Child Left Behind Ac. more »»

Can We Have A Regular Congress?

February 8, 2015 You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. more »»

Young Adults Shouldn’t Gamble By Going Without Health Insurance

February 8, 2015 This year, more than 280,000 young adults in New York state will turn 26, with many of them aging off of their parent’s health insurance plan. more »»

Sound Tax Reform Trumps ‘Soak The Rich’ For Rich And Poor Alike

February 8, 2015 The President’s tax plan, aimed at helping middle class families (how are they defined?), would best be described as a modest step in the wrong direction. more »»

US-Russia Clash In Ukraine?

February 7, 2015 Among Cold War presidents, from Truman to Bush I, there was an unwritten rule: Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence. more »»

Free Government Programs

February 7, 2015 There are few things as expensive as free government programs. more »»

Mommy Truce

February 6, 2015 In the early ‘90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter’s... more »»

Tragic School Stories

February 6, 2015 New York’s schools are the most segregated in the nation, and the state needs remedies right away. That was Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch’s message to New York’s governor and Legislature. more »»



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