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...

The key to all that’s good and great in this world

I wish every child could be blessed to have a mother like mine.When my five sisters and I were babies in her womb, she...

Trump’s escape from Comey mess

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a...