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The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors' payments has been praised as an gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a meeting between lead...
Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" is sociology as story, as tragedy and as an act of social solidarity. Putnam reveals something important: Children experience broad social trends mainly ...
The Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders was a foreign policy maneuver, in the middle of a high-stakes negotiation, with all the gravity and deliberation of a blog posting. It raises questions about the Republi...
Obama's speech about the Selma march outlines the future the president hopes America is destined for, even with a place like Ferguson as our current reality.
A number of African countries, including Tanzania, are working on health insurance plans that would pool risk and bring new resources from the public into the health sector. But how can donors encourage greater...
It is simply not the role of a Christian layman to publicly dispute the self-identification of other Christians, especially in a political context. It is a practice that can lead down ugly alleys of sectarianis...
Last year, the World Bank, Canada, Norway and the United States announced the creation of a Global Financing Facility, dedicated to ending preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. But...
In the Bush/Obama approach, terrorism is an aberration that must be isolated. Critics believe it emanates from Islam and must be expiated. Both administrations have made clear that Islam is not the enemy, but n...
In all these matters, there is a balance between individual rights and the common good. This may sound commonplace. But some Americans seem to believe that the mere assertion of a right is sufficient to end a p...
In our politics, ideological assertions tend to gain an immediate, massive velocity.