Failure to govern: In the House, it’s another abdication of duty

The House of Representatives will think about funding the Department of Homeland Security for another week.

Korea’s tension: Tempers over war exercises make a case for talks

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan Monday, the day that U.S.-South Korean military exercises began.

Lame justice: A dog killer should have gotten years, not months

Judges in most criminal trials have flexibility in sentencing.

 The U.S. finances 75 percent of NATO expenditures with a defense budget of $585 billion for 2015

Indefensible: Europe cuts NATO spending while the U.S. pays

The United States bears a disproportionate share of NATO’s cost -- an old problem that is getting worse rather than better.

Rider appreciation: On the North Shore, the reward is free T service

Free rides have been fundamental to the success of the North Shore Connector, and it looks like they will continue.


David Shribman

David M. Shribman: Barry Goldwater, a conservative icon cast in bronze

Principled but willing to listen, he returns to a Capitol where rivals no longer are respected.


Reg Henry

Reg Henry: Tasmania’s an oddly appealing Eden

If the continent of Australia were a work of calligraphy, the southern island state of Tasmania might be its period.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: It's time to let go in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraqis and Afghans must fight their own battles and determine their own futures.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: What’s in a stray word? A needless distraction

Last week, I referred to “the lunatic left,” which some interpreted as the entire left-wing, rather than those who persist in angry slander.


Diana Nelson Jones

Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.


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