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  1. Ruth: A very profitable consulting gig


    It is both a blessing and burden to have been in this business for more than 40 years. I've seen variations on this story too many times. Yet the same nagging issue lingers — What in heaven's name were you thinking? Consider this the universal question of journalism.

  2. Column: The role of Islam in ISIS


    Every time the Islamic State commits yet another attack or atrocity, Muslims, particularly Western Muslims, shudder. Attacks like the ones in Paris mean another round of demands that Muslims condemn the acts, as if we should presume guilt, or perhaps some indirect taint.

    Indian Muslims listen to a speaker during a protest in New Delhi last month against ISIS and the Paris terrorist attacks. The past few years of Middle East turmoil have made it clear that for Islamists of various stripes — mainstream or extremist — religion matters.
  3. LeMieux: Congress should renew metadata collection


    This past Saturday at midnight, a key intelligence-gathering technique quietly went away. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the National Security Agency began the collection of what is called metadata from telephone calls to and from the United States. Metadata is not the content of the phone …

  4. Column: Why inequality is to blame for fueling the rise of the Islamic State


    A year after his 700-page opus Capital in the Twenty-First Century stormed to the top of America's bestseller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book.

  5. Column: President Obama's hypocrisy on Syria


    In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency promising that he would heal our political divisions. Instead, Obama has become as polarizing as any president in the history of modern polling. The debate over the Syrian refugee crisis illustrates why.

  6. Column: Do political labels inform or mislead?


    Republicans seeking their party's nomination like to claim that they are the "most conservative" candidate who can win the White House. Similarly, their Democratic counterparts make claims of being the "most progressive" candidate capable of attracting "independent" voters and winning the election.

  7. Column: Time for solar choice


    There is an epic battle brewing over the direction of solar policy in the Sunshine State. If you would like to power your home or business with solar panels, or want a more sustainable and secure energy future, you have a stake in the outcome.

    Workers install solar panels on a house in Louisville, Ky. In Florida, two very different ballot initiatives are being waged on solar power: One is a grassroots effort; the other is a sham.
  8. Ruth: Fix federal loophole in gun laws


    Would you call this a loophole? Or just loopy?

  9. Column: Beating racism without self-hate


    Calling on any nation to repudiate its history is asking a lot. Asking this of the United States — a country that is animated, more than most, by its great national myths — may be asking the impossible.

    Citing Woodrow Wilson’s racism, protesters at Princeton University demanded the Woodrow Wilson School be renamed.
  10. Daniel Ruth: Eternal U.S. 19 project unfair to merchants


    There's hell. And then there is U.S. 19, where all hope really is lost.

  11. Bowen: Bringing some common sense to the search for a sense of place


    Where is the elusive sense of place?

    It's got to be around here somewhere. It sure gets talked about a lot.

  12. A Chevy in Japan is indeed a rare sight. But why?



    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.

    A man drives an old but tricked-out Chevy Impala on the streets of Shibuya, a Tokyo neighborhood. American cars are a pretty rare novelty on Japanese roads.
  13. Woodrow Wilson's racist policies ended my grandfather's career


    Over the last week, a growing number of students at Princeton have demanded that the university confront the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as its president before becoming New Jersey's governor and the 28th president of the United States. Among other things, the students are demanding that Wilson's name be …

    The author’s grandfather, John Abraham Davis, center, and his family at their farm in the early 1900s in a time before Woodrow Wilson ruined him.
  14. Voters and self-interest: riddle solved


    It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net.

    Anti-welfare Maine Gov. Paul LePage was re-elected with support even from towns where many get public aid.
  15. My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment


    I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to deal with the lock afterward.

    Fay Wells
  16. Review: FDR and 1944


    Jay Winik's 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History is a sprawling yet detailed story of World War II encompassing political-military biographies of key participants, vivid battle scenes and a clear picture of the world political environment of the time.

    FDR book cover
  17. Column: Parents undocumented, daughter a voter


    When I turn 18 in January, I will be the first person in my family eligible to vote. I don't take this responsibility lightly as my parents remain undocumented, and I don't feel as if it's only my vote — it's a vote for my entire family.

    Mariel Perez, right, is a U.S. citizen who will be turning 18 in January and voting for the first time in 2016. From left are her sister Karen, mother Beatriz, and brother Jassiel. The Perez parents came from Mexico 22 years ago and would be eligible for the president’s order protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Photo courtesy Perez family
  18. Dockery: Plenty of space for hunting besides parks


    The perfect example of "if it ain't broke" is Florida's State Park System. At least it was before Gov. Rick Scott and his Department of Environmental Protection secretaries started to meddle.

  19. Ruth: NPA voters missing out on primary elections


    When campaign season rolls around, too often our electoral choices range between Mr. Ed and Sasquatch.

  20. Column: Families, from far and near, reconnect



    Four centuries after the pilgrims, families are still celebrating their successful arrival on North American shores with a big meal at the end of November.