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  • The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings." Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like making...
  • Graduation roundup: 'Congratulations, by the Way' by George Saunders, more

    Graduation roundup: 'Congratulations, by the Way' by George Saunders, more
    The graduation speech is a tricky literary genre, subject to nearly irreconcilable demands. Optimism must be balanced with realism; a significant occasion must be marked without collapsing into tedious solemnity; and at least a bit of good advice should...
  • Clayton Lockett: A just execution, regardless

    Last week the state of Oklahoma "botched" an execution. Botched is the accepted term in the media coverage, despite the fact Clayton Lockett was executed. He just died badly, suffering for 43 minutes until he eventually had a heart attack. Oklahoma's...
  • Why putting photos on Social Security cards won't save voting rights

    Why putting photos on Social Security cards won't save voting rights
    A certain William Wachtel, the co-founder of WhyTuesday, an election reform group chaired by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, wrote me over the weekend to complain that I treated Young harshly by criticizing his proposal to require Social Security to...
  • Whatever happened to free-speech panic?

    After the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, members of the American left found one thing they could all agree on: America's Our First Amendment rights were in peril. The American Prospect insisted on Sept. 12, when the rubble was still burning and the dead...
  • Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come

    What is happening to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is tragic. The sinking of the Titanic, the fall of Saigon, the British defeat at Gallipoli, the Dred Scott decision -- tragedies all. You can go on all day and all night listing terrible...
  • Moral compass points toward retribution in Nigeria

    Here's a question. If -- and this is a big if -- the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it? I'll even modify it...
  • Opposing visions for education on view in state superintendent race

    Opposing visions for education on view in state superintendent race
    In next month's contest to lead the state's public schools, the two front-runners represent opposing forces within education over how best to improve student achievement. Tom Torlakson, the Democratic incumbent, champions teachers and their unions,...
  • A conservative defends Geithner on Social Security--and gets it wrong

    A conservative defends Geithner on Social Security--and gets it wrong
    It's not surprising that former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's astonishing misconception about Social Security should be seconded by conservatives. After all, his assertion that the program adds to the federal deficit (aired in his new book, "Stress...
  • Why ambitious ideas always backfire politically

    Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Yet almost every time elected...
  • Supreme Court rules on public prayer -- but should it?

    The notion that something can simultaneously be wrong and constitutional really seems to bother a lot of people. Consider the Supreme Court's recent decision on public prayer. In Greece v. Galloway the court ruled, 5-4, that the little town of Greece,...