On Dec. 27, 1895, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., then in his 15th year as an associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, encountered Edward Atkinson, a wealthy Boston entrepreneur who had become a pamphlet writer arguing for free trade and against "imperialism." Atkinson was born 14 years before Holmes, and the difference in their ages affected their roles in the Civil War. Holmes and other seniors at Harvard College had enlisted in the ...
China has a secret: It owes American investors hundreds of billions of dollars. The Chinese government doesn't like to talk about it and the U.S. government doesn't want to raise it. But decades ago, Beijing defaulted on debt owed to Americans, as well as investors and governments around the world. In one case, it was paid. In the rest it was not. More than 20,000 American investors own this debt. The U.S. government may also ...
According to the Global Report Card, more than a third of the 30 school districts with the highest math achievement in the United States are actually charter schools. This is particularly impressive considering that charters constitute about 5 percent of all schools and about 3 percent of all public school students. And it is even more amazing considering that some of the highest performing charter schools, like Roxbury Prep in Boston or KIPP Infinity in ...
The Charter School Amendment on November's ballot looks like an attempt to let the free market work its magic in education, but it's really an attempt to convert public tax dollars into private profit. Ever since the release of the documentary "Waiting for Superman," the buzz around charter schools has reached a fevered pitch.
It is just too much. Sometimes it all seems to be so overwhelming. You know what I mean. Life. We know that we will manage to get through, but we do not know how.
In this age of Kindle and iPad and e-books, I write by hand, on little notepads, in my car. I have written in my car since I was 22 and working on my first novel. Then, the car was a broken-down pale green Fiat. I sat in the driver's seat while my then-husband worked on it in our gravel driveway, yelling at me to pump the brakes or start the engine. Now I write in ...
No! Never forget that when the government mandates that health insurers provide a new benefit, the government does not pay for the benefit and neither do the health insurance companies. You do!
The Republicans' gamble that they could ride a backlash against the Obama administration's efforts to increase the availability of contraception has gone terribly bad. It turns out that most Americans, especially women, agree that insurance companies should have to cover contraception - for example, birth-control pills - in their health insurance plans.
You usually can't reverse a bad decision by simply doing nothing, but that's exactly the opportunity we have at the end of this year.
The IRS deadline for filing 2011 tax returns is upon us. Would you think I'm crazy if I said you should enjoy it? As painful as it may be to write this year's check to Uncle Sam, it could be the smallest check you'll write for years to come.
I'm a Georgia girl, born and raised. I grew up on UGA football and yearly elementary school field trips to Grant Park Zoo, and for close to three decades, I never imagined living anywhere else. Traveling, sure, who doesn't want to do that? But actually living somewhere else? No way, man. Not my style, I'm a GRITS (Girl Raised in the South) and proud of it.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
In the 20th century, the United States built the most advanced infrastructure system ever - made up of highways, bridges, air and sea ports, rail and mass transit systems, dams and levees, and a modern electricity grid. Those investments put millions to work and fueled our economic growth, expanded our horizons, and made us the envy of the world.
March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.
Those who wrote the First Freedom into the First Amendment did not limit that freedom to worship: They protected the free exercise of religion, which, along with worship, includes religious ministries and practices.
XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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