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Commentary: An overlooked black basketball hero Commentary: An overlooked black basketball hero
8 weeks ago - - DAN THOMASSON
As the NCAA’s “March Madness” approaches, it should be of interest to the hundreds of black basketball players seeking the fame and fortune of making the “big dance” and those youngsters who aspire to be there one day to note the name William Leon Garrett. [Read More]
Commentary: Straight talk for white men Commentary: Straight talk for white men
8 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Supermarket shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German wine when they hear German music. That’s true even though only 14 percent of shoppers say they noticed the music, a study finds. [Read More]
Commentary: White House plays word games Commentary: White House plays word games
9 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Why has the Obama administration tied itself in knots over what to call Islamic terrorism? We know the president has rejected the term in favor of “violent extremism,” ordering his administration not to refer to Islamic terrorists like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as Islamic. [Read More]
Commentary: Knowledge isn't power Commentary: Knowledge isn't power
9 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Regular readers know that I sometimes mock “very serious people” — politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough-minded and realistic. [Read More]
Commentary: Christianity in death and life Commentary: Christianity in death and life
9 weeks ago - - KATHRYN LOPEZ
Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were slaughtered on a beach in Libya. And even in his mourning, the brother of two of them gave thanks. [Read More]
Commentary: Jeb Bush's brainless trust Commentary: Jeb Bush's brainless trust
9 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two decade-long botched wars that cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Who wins, who loses in government shutdown? Red-Blue America: Who wins, who loses in government shutdown?
9 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
President Obama and House Republicans are on a collision course, again. This time, it’s over a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. [Read More]
Commentary: The nationalist solution Commentary: The nationalist solution
9 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
The struggle against Islamic extremism has been crippled by a failure of historical awareness and cultural understanding. From the very beginning, we have treated the problem of terrorism through the prism of our own assumptions and our own values. [Read More]
Commentary: Cranking up for 2016 race Commentary: Cranking up for 2016 race
9 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks. [Read More]
Commentary: Oil and railroads
9 weeks ago -
America, and the world for that matter, uses lots of energy. The energy source used more than any other in the United State is oil — at 36 percent of the energy consumed in this country. [Read More]
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