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Shrinking the epidemic map

Shrinking the epidemic map

By MICHAEL GERSON My college roommate—the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world—died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus […]

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Are only the American soldiers able to use their weapons stationed overseas?  You’d think so after that highly disturbing night of looting local businesses and burning them to the ground in Ferguson, Mo.What a way to treat your neighbors, those just trying to make a living who had nothing to do with the death of the African-American teenager. In the meantime, Missouri’s […]

How to get past political impasses

How to get past political impasses

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell A foundation of gratitude and hope supports all that happens between now and the New Year. As viewed against the national climate of calamity and dire prediction it’s an optimism hard to justify.  Where change is possible there can be hope.  Since change is the one constant in […]

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

We now know that President Obama’s new immigration policy is not amnesty or a way for people to avoid deportation any more than it is automatic citizenship.  Rather, it is work authorization that will not provide social welfare benefits but will allow employers to continue to exploit immigrant labor. It will build on the existing Deferred Action for […]

Thank a politician today

Thank a politician today

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are even lower than those […]

The Big But

The Big But

By MICHAEL GERSON Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition—we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation—imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been […]

People control

People control

To the Editor: It’s a shame that more people don’t realize that violent crimes are committed by people and not inanimate objects.  Knives, firearms, blunt objects, and motor vehicles do not commit violent acts. People commit violent acts.  Until this is understood and until society and our justice system deal effectively with the people who […]

A pope’s human touch

A pope’s human touch

By MICHAEL GERSON Pope Francis’ American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess). At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished Catholic theologians such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. But now, more thoughtful Catholic writers wonder if the pope (who […]

The fourth term investigation blues

The fourth term investigation blues

It’s a sad state of affairs when something like half of Oregon’s voters neither trust nor have confidence in the judgment and attention to public business of the man elected to lead Oregonians for another four years.  He has managed to bring things to this current place after mismanaging most everything under his purview while imposing on Oregon a “First Lady” […]

Don’t govern on fantasies

Don’t govern on fantasies

By E.J. DIONNE JR. When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) […]

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