The root of the VA’s problem is that it was designed for a world that has long since disappeared.
The decisions to use contraceptives…were the employees’ decisions alone, just as the burden of the Court’s decision will be theirs alone to bear.
The swiftness of ISIS’s advances in Iraq has startled many observers. What Americans have failed to appreciate, however, is how devastated Iraq was by the U.S. war and how that is affecting Iraq now.
All that foreign policy work has left the former secretary of state a tad tone deaf about the real economic troubles of real American families.
The House majority leader was felled in his Republican primary this week. And the Grand Old Party sees more clouds ahead.
Sec. of State John Kerry seems to have forgotten how he used to feel about dissenters being called traitors.
A look at how the attack on Benghazi has become a conservative rallying cry.
Why it’s good for the planet–and the economy–to do something about climate change now. And why the deniers either don’t get the science, or don’t want to.
With regard to what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine, the president’s West Point address was a civic education failure.
Clean energy is the latest issue to be sucked into the “us-against-them” vortex.
Monica Lewinsky has penned a new piece in Vanity Fair about her relationship with President Clinton. This has Steve Almond thinking about the use and abuse of the former White House intern — and what it says about us.
Recent polls have President Obama’s approval ratings hovering around 40 percent — a new low. What does it mean for Democrats in November’s midterm elections?
Wendy Kaminer says the White House task force report reflects a presumption of guilt that practically obliterates the due process rights of the accused.
Reviling an individual does not address the larger, systemic problems we face.
Following the deaths of three children, the embattled head of Massachusetts’ child welfare agency resigned this week under mounting pressure. But Eileen McNamara says this simplistic move isn’t the solution.
In her dissent of this week’s Schuette decision, Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke for, embodied, embraced and evoked the minority whose interests were at stake.
When the unequal influence of rich people is a “fact of life,” where’s the line between influence and bribery?
The Corwin Amendment — which would have made slavery constitutional and permanent — reveals a deep flaw in the design of the U.S. Constitution.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
Could the FBI have prevented the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
Amid mass violence and volatility in Egypt, the long-standing relationship between Washington and Cairo is fraying.
ISIS is a violent, non-state actor and like any group, it has strengths and weaknesses. To assess the threat and formulate a strategy to defeat it, it would helpful to be clear about those strengths and weakness are.
The civility that defines today’s mayoral contest is all fine and well, but the more gritty races of yesterday were much more interesting to watch.
What doesn’t kill Gov. Christie’s GOP primary campaign might just make it stronger.
It’s time for introspection in the land of Kennedys and Romneys: Are public unions acting against the public interest?
Thanks to a taxpayer-supported infrastructure, the NFL grossed more than $9 billion last year and paid zero taxes.
Who caused the government shutdown? We did.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are divorcing after more than two decades of marriage. This has Hinda Mandell rethinking the sex-scandal script.
Apparently, wearing a hoodie at night in the rain, selling loose cigarettes on the street, or just walking down the street can land a young black man in a body bag.
The Good Friday Agreement didn’t go far enough. Underlying tensions and hatred do not disappear with a peace accord alone.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
The former Massachusetts senator sets his sights on the Granite State. But beyond his reflexive renunciation of “Obamacare,” what exactly does he stand for?
Like its namesake, “Obamacare” is here to stay. Now that that’s settled, the latest installment of our series looks at how to get health care costs under control.
The greater the public fear – the greater the financial rewards.
The assassination instilled in me a sense of cynicism about American politics and American justice.
If Elizabeth Warren is guilty of exploiting her ethnicity for personal gain, Steve Almond says he is too.
Election 2012 is writing a new chapter in the evolution of democracy. And it’s happening so quickly, we’ve barely had time grasp its significance.
Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.
For the women whose work with the poor and marginalized has brought criticism from the Vatican, parochial-school graduate Marianne Leone has one thing to say: Preach it, Sister.
The popular answer to that question will determine the outcome of this election — and the outcome of this election could change democracy as we know it.
As election season enters its post-convention phase, the underlying reasons for Elizabeth Warren’s inertia have begun to emerge. John Sivolella says the bad news for Warren is that they’re not easy to correct.
The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.
In a move that nobody expected, Barack Obama has opened up a foreign policy front against Mitt Romney. Commentator Rob Gray says it’s a risky play that will either backfire for the president, or seal his victory.
Commentator Steve Almond says only if George Clooney were to choose a young Paul Newman to be his running mate would a ticket even come close to matching the combined stud quotient that is Romney/Ryan.
Why don’t we have tighter controls on guns? Unfortunately, says commentator John Rosenthal, the answer is all too simple.
Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.
In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.
Maybe Mitt Romney isn’t ready to explain his tax returns, but Steve Almond wants to reveal every sordid detail of his own.
In the wake of the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, Greg M. Epstein argues that the religious right has long held an unjustified monopoly on “family values.” But, he asks, what about the rest of us?
Unlike his outspoken late father George, R.B. Scott says Mitt’s mode of political Russian Roulette is saying too little.
Of course corporations aren’t people. But Wendy Kaminer says like the individuals engaged in them, businesses require constitutional protection against abuses of government power.
Kerry Healey says it’s time for Americans to realize what our appetite for illegal drugs does to the individuals who are compelled — economically or at gun point — to produce, process and transport the illegal drugs we use.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,’” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.