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  • Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'

    Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'
    In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program.  You may...
  • No, Obamacare's problems aren't a threat to liberalism

    Matthew Yglesias this week has jumped on one of the more discreditable bandwagons of Obamacare revisionism: the notion that the failure of the enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, has done near permanent damage to progressive principles.  A lot of that...
  • Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough

    Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough
    Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.  In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
  • 10 things you might not know about social media

    While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
  • Give Congress a pay raise!

    Give Congress a pay raise!
    Oh. Have I got your attention now? (Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.) This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now. You can thank tin-eared...
  • Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories

    Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories
    A few days before our recent wedding, my now-husband and I sat with a dear friend, a newly Internet-ordained minister, to nail down a few details. "The most beautiful thing," he told us, "is that, of everyone there, your kids will have the longest...
  • Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

     
    Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...
  • Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?

    Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?
    WASHINGTON — To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America's standing in the world — one can only gasp at the...
  • Downton Abbey

     
    My wife gives me control of the TV remote most of the time, which is why we watch so much sports, lowbrow reality shows and old movies. But occasionally, she'll request that we DVR something loftier. That's how we happened......
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    Surf's up! "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, reportedly the best read story in the history of the Atlantic's website. She responds here to the controversy. The history of the remote control: Why are......