Why I write; why I’m happy

I began writing the book just published this past week — “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense”...

Late summer polls begin to show mid-term contours

We are heading into that stretch of the election cycle where distinct trend lines begin to take shape. It was August 1994, 2006 and...

Freedom of speech includes the right to remain silent

Governments routinely behave badly, but sometimes their mean-spiritedness comes to the Supreme Court’s attention. Oral arguments are being held this week concerning the constitutionality...

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World...

Howard Schultz and the Frappuccino Syndrome

Holy Chestnut Praline Latte! There was Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, making a case Wednesday for why Americans would flock to him if...

No, Kavanaugh didn’t lie

Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail. The media is now engaged in a...

Hoosier rural broadband proponents forge ahead

A decade ago, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jill Long Thompson ran on a platform vowing to save every Indiana city and town. But there was...

Pining for the days of George W.

Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, “Landfall,” which takes them on a...

Born to fly, bound to run

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Republican Ashley Nickloes is the only woman in a seven-way primary race to fill a congressional seat held by one...

Defining ‘historic’

Tuesday’s primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday,” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR...