Perspectives

The cold realities of a complicated conflict

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A trip to this Palestinian town can shatter preconceptions and compel the mind to dream about the possibilities of peace and then awaken to the cold realities of a complicated conflict...

Zombie conservatives at the schoolhouse door

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Last week, the president delivered an education speech that fell somewhat short of the standard set by Lenin in his address at the Finland Station, launching the Bolshevik Revolution. In fact, Barack Obama told Americas schoolchildren to work hard, respect their ...

Single-payer health care is the answer

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President Obama sold single-payer health care short in his speech to Congress. It's actually the only sensible solution to our health care crisis...

Domestic violence: A private matter?

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Perhaps it’s time to retire the term “domestic violence.” It seems that some folks still believe it’s somehow different than regular, ordinary old violence...

Inspiring ideas missing in Palin’s book

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The whole phenomenon of Sarah Palin, I admit, is a mystery to me...

One good treaty deserves another

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As world leaders gather in...

They still don’t love us

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If you thought America would quickly regain the world’s love, admiration and — most important — willingness to follow the U.S. lead once Barack Obama came to power, the news is disappointing. A useful guide to what has transpired comes from Venezuela’s president and ...

Obama, like past leaders, a slow starter

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Happy first anniversary, Barack Obama. Although happy is probably the wrong word...

A Super Bowl ad we can do without

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Today, there are few corners of our communal life untouched by rancorous political division...

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ should end now

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On Tuesday, the Defense Department unveiled its...

State of the Union: What I needed to hear

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I felt great after the Jan. 27 State of the Union address...

Close call in Chile

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I am the luckiest traveler...