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Sleaze in a $5,000 suit

February 20, 2015 When he was secretary of state, Henry Kissinger was often — and deliberately — seen in the company of attractive actresses, including Jill St. John and Candice Bergen. more »»

Why think about advanced care planning?

February 19, 2015 Often times when we visit our doctor’s office or are admitted to the hospital we are asked the question “do you have an advanced directive?” Many of us may or may not even know what is meant by an... more »»

‘Kingsman’ a fun twist on spy genre

February 19, 2015 Matthew Vaughn, director of “Kick-Ass,” adapts another one of Mark Millar's twisted comic book worlds in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and riffs the spy genre with the same violent aplomb. more »»

Glib ‘Happy Talk’

February 19, 2015 When Alfred E. Neuman said “What me worry?” on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. more »»

Another reluctant warrior

February 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s latest war strategy makes one wonder: Is another Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office debating with himself about how to meet the existential threat that faces him? In... more »»

Judge’s ruling on gay marriage ban is about bigotry

February 18, 2015 In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. more »»

Why I’m pulling for Brian Williams

February 17, 2015 Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection. Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fueling pettiness in the most honorable people. more »»

Bobby Jindal for president?

February 17, 2015 Gov. Bobby Jindal’s name is not first on most people’s list of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but maybe we should at least start paying attention to him. more »»

Facing bad-faith questions of faith

February 16, 2015 At an event in London on trade policy, Scott Walker was asked about evolutio. more »»

Cui Bono?

February 16, 2015 “Cui bono?” Who benefits? It was the question ancient Romans asked when hoping to cut through a fog of possible causes for a problem. As of this morning, U.S. more »»

Clouds make you appreciate the sun

February 14, 2015 In perhaps the greatest paradox of all, it seems that it takes death to make us appreciate life. more »»

The daily life in a group home

February 14, 2015 When I tell people that I work in a community based residential treatment home for children they usually ask “What is that?” Then when I say a “group home” for children I get asked a myriad of... more »»

Back to the Nineteenth Century

February 14, 2015 My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what... more »»

Spontaneous order

February 14, 2015 Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need on. more »»

Obama’s quest for a grand bargain with Iran seems unwise

February 14, 2015 “We will extend a hand if you are unwilling to unclench your fist,” President Obama proclaimed in his inaugural address in January 2009. more »»

Why did Brian Williams do it?

February 13, 2015 These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. more »»

A mixed Papel blessing

February 13, 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 »»

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 and the loss of credibility

February 11, 2015 There’s this speech I give my students. Distilled, it goes like this. more »»

Mommy truce

February 10, 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 »»



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