Op Ed Columns


Christmas in the time of Ebola

The holiday has been canceled in Sierra Leone, but we can see it in the distance.

about 9 hours ago


Joe Nocera: OPEC loses its clout

So you’d better get used to oil prices riding a roller coaster.

about 9 hours ago


Joy to the world!

The meaning of Christmas is meant for everyone.

about 9 hours ago


Margaret Carlson: Why was Obama smiling again?

He was heading for Hawaii, but maybe he’s made his peace with polarization.

1 day ago


Black churches play a key role in helping black males succeed

They can help boost graduation rates and reduce the achievement gap.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are playing both chess and marbles, but which one is playing which game?

Thomas L. Friedman: Who’s playing marbles now?

Obama seems to be getting the better of Putin as the ruble nosedives

2 days ago


Joe Nocera: The Cuomo cop-out

Fracking may be problematic, but so is economic despair.

2 days ago


George F. Will: State attorneys general are revitalizing federalism

Oklahoma’s AG and others are working to restore restraint in federal government.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: President Obama -- the duck that roared

He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in various areas.

3 days ago


The NRA is still winning on guns

Supporters of gun regulation are celebrating the Senate confirmation of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, but it was a rare defeat for the NRA.

3 days ago


Michael Lewis: My wish list for Wall Street

It’s a wonderful life on Wall Street, yet here is a holiday wish list to make it even better.

4 days ago


Partisan anguish: Greater trust between the parties was needed on the torture report

The recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices has produced two conflicting and largely partisan narratives.

4 days ago


America vs. torture: Western civilization has opposed torture for the last 500 years

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program last week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate.

4 days ago


Abused to death: We’ve done a lot to combat domestic violence, but the battle is not nearly done

To appreciate how we should respond to crime and its victims, we must debunk two myths.

4 days ago


Cutting Edge: Crack and a drilling tax

New ideas / Sharp opinions

4 days ago


Bring in the nurses — stat

Some of the largest health care systems in America do not have any nurses serving on their boards of directors.

4 days ago


Enough Said: Eat them before they eat you

Facts that speak for themselves.

4 days ago


 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the center of the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. Protesters lobbied for voting rights and an end to segregation and discrimination.

The Next Page / Set up to fail: the spiteful nature of Jim Crow literacy tests

How a Harvard experiment drove home a toxic legacy

4 days ago


First Person: Advent of customer service

Here’s a story of a college sophomore earning some extra money by working at the local Home Depot.

5 days ago


Saturday Diary: Do my wife and I have a parenting philosophy? Not sure

WARNING: This diary contains annoying parental bragging. Not to mention it steps all over the third-rail of social conversation: parenting.

5 days ago


Putin’s bubble bursts: Plunging oil prices aren’t the sole problem

If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy.

5 days ago


Saturday Poem: An Urban Christmas

The snow will fall and, you will walk in the street up the hill past / the bars where the sons of metal and coal sit to un-remember their ..

5 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

A 500-page summary of the torture report reminded Americans of things they had chosen to forget.

5 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf terrorist

There are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

5 days ago


 Pakistani student Mohammad Baqair, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, poses holding a photograph of his mother, a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school.

Meet the Taliban killer of schoolchildren

That would be Maulana Fazlullah, radical broadcaster turned military chieftain.

6 days ago


Pittsburgh goes to Cuba

‘Deliberative democracy’ could be one of our most valuable exports.

6 days ago


Facing up to race

Celebrating diversity is no substitute for addressing racial disparities.

6 days ago


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

He’s looking for legacy points and doesn’t have much to lose.

1 week ago


George F. Will: No offense, but …

The Constitution guarantees that no one gets through life unoffended.

1 week ago


As others see it: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation is long overdue

We’ve tried isolating the island for more than 50 years, and it hasn’t worked.

1 week ago


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

1 week ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

They fill our prisons at great expense but do little to improve public safety.

1 week ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

1 week ago


Gail Collins / This year, we get to talk about the cromnibus at our holiday parties!

Here's a primer on how to get the conversation going.

1 week ago


Who’s been playing Caesar?

Obama's helping some immigrants; Bush and Cheney ran a secret torture program.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama’s Boehner bailout

The president should be far more attentive to his allies in the future.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Tax reform cheer

Departing U.S. Rep. Dave Camp believes sensible tax reform can be achieved.

1 week ago


Climate incentives: Link aid to emissions progress by developing nations

The United Nations climate talks in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.

1 week ago


Is this the end of football?

A former federal administrative law judge explains how legal liability for long-term injuries and other challenges could kill football.

1 week ago


Marriage equality is good for the church

The Rev. Randy Bush of East Liberty Presbyterian Church describes how welcoming same-gender marriages has enriched his congregation.

1 week ago


Immigration reform is long overdue

Pittsburgh lawyer Joel Pfeffer says Pennsylvanians should support the president’s executive order and urge Congress to act.

1 week ago


Connie Schultz: The racists are ranting

But as long as the rest of us refuse to despair, they will lose in the end.

1 week ago


Are lefties better than the right-handed?

Being one, columnist Peter R. Orszag would like to say yes but the latest research doesn’t help.

1 week ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

Key findings in the torture report, prosecute those responsible and more ...

1 week ago


Enough Said: Cities and their poor

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


 The USS Somerset, docked in San Diego.

The Next Page: Aboard the USS Somerset, daily inspiration from Flight 93

Walter G. Meyer visits sailors aboard the USS Somerset, surrounded by reminders of the Flight 93 heroes

1 week ago


First Person: Pennsylvania wouldn’t let me help my father die

Ed Boito’s father succumbed to ALS as his lungs filled with fluid across eight days in an Altoona nursing home.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: Christmas Village 2014 is life as it should be instead of as it is

Unsure of what to make it, Ann Belser’s Christmas Village is still boxed in the attic, less than two weeks before Dec. 25.

1 week ago




Paul Krugman: Mad as Hellas

It’s no wonder that Greece is rebelling against austerity.

1 week ago



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