Patient-records plan faces ethical pitfalls

(Michael McCloskey)

As researchers embark on an effort to connect millions of patient records, questions about privacy arise.

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A new study says we may have reached ‘peak beard’

Let’s talk about beards and science.

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Washington Post journalists honored

The awards were announced by the Society of Professional Journalists on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech pays fine for failure to warn during rampage

Virginia Tech pays fine for failure to warn during rampage

University pays federal fine of $32,500 for not alerting campus during 2007 mass shooting.

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In the Loop: 2012 campaign may be over, but debt lingers

Some of the former Republican presidential hopefuls still must clear their campaign books.

U.S. expectations low ahead of talks with Russia, Ukraine

U.S. expectations low ahead of talks with Russia, Ukraine

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is in Geneva for meetings aimed at pressuring Russia to pull back.

Obama unveils $600 million in grants to prepare workers

Obama unveils $600 million in grants to prepare workers

The funds will be used to foster closer collaboration between academic institutions and businesses.

Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner, the dropped child pornography charges, and the First Amendment

The charges against the coach were dropped, and he’s getting his job back -- here’s how a court also decided that certain evidence in his case ought not be made public.

What’s the future of your favorite federal program?

What’s the future of your favorite federal program?

Liberal think-tank Center for American Progress says Paul Ryan budget would decimate key services.

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Obama announces $600 million for job skills programs

Obama announces $600 million for job skills programs

President Obama announced two grant programs and pledged $600 million to train more Americans for jobs that may otherwise go unfilled.

The new liberal “nationalist” case for federalism

Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken outlines the new liberal “nationalist” defense of federalism. This school of thought has both strengths and weaknesses. But even those who disagree with it, as I sometimes do, should recognize that it is an important contribution to the debate.

EMILY’s List powering Democratic women fundraising totals

EMILY’s List powering Democratic women fundraising totals

EMILY’s List, a progressive group that backs women who support abortion rights, is emerging as a powerhouse fundraiser this cycle.

Elections are far off, but campaign ads fill the airwaves

Elections are far off, but campaign ads fill the airwaves

Senate incumbents and challengers both say it pays to put their messages before the voters early.

Mexico’s gun control laws: A model for the United States?

Claims about American guns smuggled into Mexico are greatly exaggerated.

How long is too long to be CEO?

How long is too long to be CEO?

Talk of Jeff Immelt’s tenure at GE prompts the question.

Why foreign policy matters more to Rand Paul than anyone else running for president

Why foreign policy matters more to Rand Paul than anyone else running for president

One of these things is not like the other.

Oklahoma bans local minimum wage hikes

Oklahoma bans local minimum wage hikes

The ban circumvents an effort to boost Oklahoma City’s lowest wage.

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros communications

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros communications

The former White House press secretary has taken a top job with Warner Bros.

Why the NYPD’s decision to drop a unit that spies on Muslims may help counterterrorism

Why the NYPD’s decision to drop a unit that spies on Muslims may help counterterrorism

Opinion data show that perceptions of police fairness strongly influence the willingness of Muslims to assist the police in investigations of Muslim suspects.

Who funded the super PAC hitting Dem and GOP candidates? These three billionaires.

Who funded the super PAC hitting Dem and GOP candidates? These three billionaires.

A look at where Ending Spending Action Fund’s $1.35 million came from in the first quarter.

FTC Commissioner Josh Wright’s dissent on the antitrust analysis of mergers

In Commissioner Wright’s (and others’) view, the FTC requires stronger evidence to believe in competitive efficiencies from mergers than to believe in anticompetitive harms. Is that right?

Fourth Circuit affirms Lavabit contempt order

The court doesn’t reach the merits because the key arguments weren’t made at trial.

The recession hits the U.S., in one gif

The recession hits the U.S., in one gif

One gif explains why most Americans think the country is headed off in the wrong direction.

Can the Republican Party thrive on white identity?

Can the Republican Party thrive on white identity?

With increasing ethnic diversity, identity politics will cut both ways.

Democratic women in Senate races raise big money

Democratic women in Senate races raise big money

Hagan, Nunn and Grimes outraised their Republican competition in their Senate campaigns.

Real talk about innovations

Real talk about innovations

Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation.

Sebelius for Senate? It makes no sense.

Sebelius for Senate? It makes no sense.

The once-popular former governor might have been a viable candidate before Obamacare. But not now.

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for and wins a U.S. Senate seat, she’d join a long list of Cabinet secretaries turned senators.

Why Mike Bloomberg shouldn’t be the face of his new gun control push

Why Mike Bloomberg shouldn’t be the face of his new gun control push

He is “nanny government” to many of the people he is trying to reach.

Sticking women with the office housework

Sticking women with the office housework

Why aren’t men also expected to take notes in meetings and join thankless committees?

What is the SAT good for?

What is the SAT good for?

The truth is that admissions offices don’t need the SAT, “old” or “new.“

Should taxes on rich be raised to 80 percent to reduce income inequality?

Should taxes on rich be raised to 80 percent to reduce income inequality?

Income inequality has worsened in the U.S., but raising tax rates isn’t likely to help, some economists say.

Don’t confuse the map with the territory

Correlation of word counts with political actions is not the same thing as personality being a driving force behind partisanship.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

When they say, ‘Let’s give students a voice,’ they mean, ‘let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.’ Not good enough.

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The greatness of Justice Hugo Black

A co-blogger has questioned Black’s greatness a couple of times, so I thought I’d offer a brief explanation.

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

Rep. Ra l M. Grijalva seeks an Interior Department investigation into the conservative group’s practices.

Choosing between ‘never search’ and ‘sometimes search’ in the cell phone search cases

This is the hardest issue that the Supreme Court must decide in trying to determine how the Fourth Amendment applies to search of a cell phone incident to arrest. Let’s take a look at four focal points that might influence the decision.