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Fanning fear at home

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 20 Washington Post: Unburdened by facts and seduced by a swelling hysteria after the carnage last week in Paris, Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, Virginia, called Wednesday on local resettlement agencies to spurn any Syrian refugees who might be placed in his...

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In "Prison Ramen," aspirational cooks behind bars

CHICAGO — In 2008, I was allowed inside a county jail in the Chicago suburbs to report on the living conditions of inmates and immigrant detainees. Many men told sad and perplexing stories about how their lives came to be on hold. But the detail that has always stayed with me was that several of...

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Today's 3-year-old Syrian orphan is 1939's German-Jewish child

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A Paris moment for American politics?

WASHINGTON — The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap — and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of...

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France's real gun problem

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Donald Trump and other American conservatives repeated a familiar and predictable response to mass shootings in other countries: France has a gun problem. If Parisians could legally carry weapons, they could have fought back against the assailants....

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When is the United States going to close its borders?

There was a painful irony when France's immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that World War I was the most stupid thing that European nations ever did....

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The end of exploitive work schedules?



Facing evil in Paris and beyond

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 15 Washington Post. The murderous attacks on France on Friday night were aimed not at its security officers, not at tourists nor offices and factories, not at its museums or grand structures. Rather, the suicide bombers and gunmen stormed citadels of leisure and...

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The Mizzou effect — spreading threats, resignations, protests

Another swastika. Another campus. Another outrage. On Thursday morning, students at historically black Bowie State University in Maryland found a swastika scrawled on a building named after a civil rights movement hero. The swastika was spray-painted on a column at the Martin Luther King Jr....

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Hillary's Clinton's appetite for war

The United States has been at war every day since October 2001, when we invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Never in our history have we engaged in hostilities abroad without interruption for so long. But if Americans are weary of it, you can't tell it from our politics. If they were,...

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