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Embrace the robots

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of...

Why the Russian collusion probes matter

In the eyes of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the emerging scandal of Russian collusion with the 2016 presidential campaign and the...

The world is watching

I take no glee in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia — and I...

The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy....

Indiana University steps up on climate change

A wonderful bit of news came out of Bloomington this past week, as Indiana University announced an ambitious new initiative to better forecast and...

The worst word in American politics

For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst — “rigged.” Emanating from slang back in the...

Some disinformation about the Trump tax plan

Last week, the Trump Administration presented the outlines of a serious tax reform plan. Nearly every American will approve of some portion of the...

The pre-existing lie

If you’ve only followed coverage of the Republican health care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort,...

Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to...

Scandals, firings and a joke on us

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The storm clouds of scandal that had gathered over President Nixon in 1973 appeared to have reached a climax when Vice...