Columns, Perspective

  1. Perspective: GOP may boast best field ever

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    WASHINGTON — What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is considering running for president, recently offered his thoughts on poverty. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy speeches on poverty, college loans and helping …

    Rick Santorum
  2. Perspective: Where reason ends and faith begins

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    STANFORD, Calif.

    Not long ago, I was at an event in which many people, most of them professors, were arguing for the existence of things that many of their colleagues did not believe in. Someone gave a talk in which he explained that he knew that UFOs existed even though evidence for them turned out to be false. …

  3. Ruth: Florida politicians all hail King Sugar

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    This could have been very messy. Since the famed King Ranch in Texas is known as a très chichi hunting preserve, it's a wonder the freeloading Florida politicians schlepping through the woods weren't mistaken for fat, juicy wild hogs as they tore up the landscape in the search for six-figure campaign …

  4. MEMENTOS FROM CAPTIVITY: Items saved by Harald Ickler, a Swede living in Germany, from his 54 days as a hostage in 2003. He was on what he thought would be a four-week adventure vacation when he was kidnapped in the Algerian desert by jihadists who would soon become an official arm of al-Qaida. A ransom was paid to release him and other hostages — and a pattern was set.
  5. Column: Paul Ryan's plan for the poor: It's a start

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    Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

    Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., proposes an “Opportunity Grant,” consolidating federal antipoverty programs into 50 chunks of money to be administered by each state as it sees fit.
  6. Column: Drug war's racial targets

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    Excerpted from a New York Times editorial:

    The drug war aims overwhelmingly at African-Americans on the street, while white users smoke safely behind closed doors.
  7. Column: Good news for Medicare

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    Nobody can agree on what caused the good news in the latest Medicare Trustees report, that Medicare Part A spending fell from $266.8 billion to $266.2 from 2012 to 2013. The trustees certainly can't.

  8. Column: No war is an island

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    It's amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It's based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It's based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if …

    Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza, earlier this month. The war in Gaza is not self-contained but part of a wider conflict in the region.
  9. Column: Withdrawal pains

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    A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It's all President Barack Obama's fault. No, it's not his fault at all.

  10. Column: Lust for vengeance (w/video)

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    Rather than getting on with the country's business and focusing solely on can't-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend — like the unfinished bill to fix veterans' health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Central American children arriving at the border — House …

    If Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans in the House push to sue President Obama, it will add to a  long list of what Democrats view as extraordinary slights against this president and is likely to excite a liberal base in dire need of excitement.
  11. Column: Angell in the outfield

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    NEW YORK

    Roger Angell takes off his brown J. Press sports coat and blue cap, yanks out his hearing aids, stashes his cane, and sits down for a shave and haircut at Delta barbershop at 72nd and Lex., the same spot he's patronized for 40 years. "I don't see Henry Kissinger doing any interviews in a barbershop," he …

    Writer Roger Angell is honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  12. Nickens: Vetting the candidates

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    Either we are getting soft or the candidates are getting tougher.

  13. Column: Cut red tape on firefighting equipment

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    Each year, more than 3,000 wildfires burn about 130,000 acres across Florida, threatening the lives of Floridians as well as their homes and businesses. The men and women of the Florida Forest Service, in partnership with local firefighters, bravely risk their lives to battle these blazes and protect others.

  14. Column: It's not about you

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    In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

    And the Internet exploded.

    Alabama teenager Breanna Mitchell posted a selfie from the grounds of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
  15. Ruth: Aunt Mary meets Greek gods

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    When you are taking a dead woman into a foreign country, you might expect a certain amount of scrutiny at the border. But then again, this was Greece, where a tourist is a tourist regardless of the pulse rate. And so we breezed through customs at the Thessaloniki airport with less curiosity over the contents of our …

    Courtesy Olympus National Park
  16. Column: Doomsayers get it wrong on California economy

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    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it's still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing …

  17. Column: Obamacare and the high court — again?

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    Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.

  18. Perspective: Border crisis creates discomfort for politicians

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    TUCSON, Ariz.

    A governor was moved to tears. A mayor fretted about disease and crime. A city councilman accused the federal government of keeping secrets.

    Barbara Gonzalez, a public information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, displays a dormitory where immigrant families will be housed in Artesia, N.M. “Our community cannot support 2,000 to 3,000 new residents overnight,” said Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch.
  19. Perspective: A faith-based court division

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    During its last term, the Supreme Court narrowly decided two cases bearing extensively on the separation of church and state. Both of them broke along familiar 5-4 lines, and both of them implicitly raised a question hardly anyone has asked about a court that is entirely composed, for the first time in U.S. history, of …

    Samuel A. Alito Jr.
  20. Weingarten: A future take on company men

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    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2027 — In his inaugural address, President Kraft Foods promised Tuesday that America would continue fostering the business-friendly atmosphere begun under his predecessor, President Jiffy Lube. The incoming and outgoing Republican heads of state were accompanied, as always, by their …

    Can Bed Bath & Beyond be president?