Featured Columns

Holding Boehner hostage

The speaker has failed to consolidate power.

A dysfunctional family

The insurrection against John Boehner.

Making bad history

Iran deal abandons Obama’s own goals.

Defending the SAT

Why the test is valuable for college admissions.

The world’s economic funk

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  • The world’s economic funk

    The world’s economic funk

    It’s not gloom so much as worry and restraint.

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  • New low against Planned Parenthood

    New low against Planned Parenthood

    Our opponents will not win this battle.

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  • How To Speak While Female

    How To Speak While Female

    Out of the vocal fry, into the fire.

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  • The travesty of Cecil the Lion

    The travesty of Cecil the Lion

    The world is furious with a U.S. dentist.

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PostPartisan

How Mitch McConnell went gangsta on Ted Cruz and Mike Lee

He has not been afraid to rap the knuckles of the unruly. And that’s going to help things immeasurably in Washington.

Outlook & Opinions

Why diagnosing Alzheimer’s, while painful, has value

Why diagnosing Alzheimer’s, while painful, has value

Knowledge helps, despite complaints that testing isn’t worthwhile because no cure exists.

The staggering number of wrongful convictions in America

The staggering number of wrongful convictions in America

Many are never overturned.

Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Ron Johnson.

Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Ron Johnson.

The Wisconsin Republican said he didn’t mean it when he called inner-city kids “idiots.”

What the streets of Cuba looked like on the first day of talks with the U.S.

What the streets of Cuba looked like on the first day of talks with the U.S.

As diplomatic ties between the U.S and Cuba are restored for the first time in 54 years, a multi-part In Sight feature looks at Cuban life and culture today.

Five myths about summer weather

Five myths about summer weather

July is hotter than August in D.C. And the humidity has nothing to do with swamps.

Why gay honeymooners should stop avoiding countries with anti-LGBT laws

Why gay honeymooners should stop avoiding countries with anti-LGBT laws

Gay travelers can use their “tourist privilege” for good.

Why I give my students a ‘tragedy of the commons’ extra credit challenge

Why I give my students a ‘tragedy of the commons’ extra credit challenge

Many professors in my field use versions of this exercise, which was first developed 25 years ago.

Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

An amendment linking lifted sanctions to behavioral change by the USSR defied Nixon’s detente plans.

Lessons in resilience from rural Greece

Lessons in resilience from rural Greece

Rural Greeks are relying on time-tested techniques to weather the economic storm.

How to survive a nuclear bomb every day of your life

How to survive a nuclear bomb every day of your life

In her book “Nagasaki,” Susan Southard describes the life-long struggle for survivors of the 1945 bombing.

Should rabbis really be wading into the debate over the Iran deal?

Should rabbis really be wading into the debate over the Iran deal?

Centrifuges, sanctions and fissile materials weren’t covered in rabbinical school. But that doesn’t mean Jewish leaders should ignore the news.

Sorry, Taylor Swift. Feminism is about more than girl-power catchphrases.

Sorry, Taylor Swift. Feminism is about more than girl-power catchphrases.

Her spat with Nicki Minaj shows why celebrities shouldn’t be feminist role models.

When ‘Piyush’ becomes ‘Bobby’

When ‘Piyush’ becomes ‘Bobby’

Why some Indian Americans change names.

What the Air and Space Museum’s Kickstarter could mean for the future of space exploration

What the Air and Space Museum’s Kickstarter could mean for the future of space exploration

If crowdfunding can help restore Neil Armstrong’s space suit, maybe it should aim even higher.

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