Saturday, February 16, 2019

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This Is Victor: Woman Helps Homeless Man Build New Life

For three years everyday, Ginger Sprouse and other residents of Kemah, Texas, would drive past Victor Hubbard, rain or shine. Victor Hubbard did not...

Single Mom Faces Eviction, Then Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Finds Amazing Way...

Young mom, Natalie Koltes was quickly approaching eviction from her Las Vegas home. She was struggling to meet ends meet while trying to pay...
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Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism

Virginia is home to America’s original contradiction – the peculiar juxtaposition of slavery and freedom. The recent “blue-ing” of Virginia has obscured a sobering political reality: Racial progress and racial bigotry can exist at the...

Must the president be a moral leader?

The best presidents – including figures such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington – are celebrated not only as good leaders, but as good men. They embody not simply political skill, but personal virtue. Why,...

A brief history of presidential lethargy

No one doubts the job of president of the United States is stressful and demanding. The chief executive deserves downtime. But how much is enough, and when is it too much? These questions came into focus...

Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to deny further military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote for the bill was a repudiation of the Obama and...

Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen that spans...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to deny further military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote for the bill was a repudiation of the Obama and Trump...

Can Congress or the courts reverse Trump’s national emergency?

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to pay for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, after Congress, in its new spending bill, denied him the full money to build it. “We’re...

Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact...

Editor’s note: Denver teachers reached a tentative deal on Feb. 14 that ended a three-day strike. Besides raises of 7 to 11 percent, one of the concessions they won was the end of performance-based pay,...

Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact...

Editor’s note: Denver teachers reached a tentative deal on Feb. 14 that ended a three-day strike. Besides raises of 7 to 11 percent, one of the concessions they won was the end of performance-based pay,...

Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact...

Editor’s note: Denver teachers reached a tentative deal on Feb. 14 that ended a three-day strike. Besides raises of 7 to 11 percent, one of the concessions they won was the end of performance-based pay,...

What Green New Deal advocates can learn from the 2009 economic stimulus act

Congressional Democrats have introduced a “Green New Deal” proposal that calls for a 10-year national mobilization to curb climate change by shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels. Many progressives support this idea,...

Why Maduro is blocking Venezuela-bound humanitarian aid when so many people in his country...

Relations between the United States and Venezuela have been strained since the late Hugo Chávez rose to power two decades ago. They got worse when the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as...

An editor and his newspaper helped build white supremacy in Georgia

The press is an essential guardrail of democracy. As The Washington Post tells its readers, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” But the press has not always been a champion of democracy. In the late 19th century, Henry...

How white became the color of suffrage

During President Donald Trump’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address, scores of Democratic congresswomen wore white to pay tribute to suffragists and their fight for women’s rights. In the past, other politicians have done...

Protecting human heritage on the moon: Don’t let ‘one small step’ become one giant...

Why did the hominin cross the plain? We may never know. But anthropologists are pretty sure that a smattering of bare footprints preserved in volcanic ash in Laetoli, Tanzania bear witness to an evolutionary...

Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

No longer children but not yet adults, adolescents need opportunities to learn and prepare for their entrance into the broader society. But, as schooling increasingly extends the adolescent period and teenagers get dismissed as...

How far should organizations be able to go to defend against cyberattacks?

The deluge of cyberattacks sweeping across the world has governments and companies thinking about new ways to protect their digital systems, and the corporate and state secrets stored within. For a long time, cybersecurity...

How slavery’s lingering stain on the US Constitution spoils Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax proposal...

Key Democrats are proposing ways to make the rich pay more taxes. I believe one of the most promising is Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax. There’s only one snag: It is arguably unconstitutional. Under her proposal,...

Why the $22 trillion national debt doesn’t matter – here’s what you should worry...

The U.S. federal government’s debt load hit another milestone this month: It’s now a record US$22 trillion in nominal terms. That’s $67,000 for every man, woman and child living in the U.S., and it’s up...

To end the HIV epidemic, addressing poverty and inequities one of most important treatments

In his State of the Union speech, President Trump called for ending the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials...

Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak of a dangerous...

A two-year-old boy in rural Guinea died of Ebola in December 2014. Over the next two years, almost 30,000 people in West Africa would be infected with the Ebola virus. Why, unlike previous 17 Ebola...

Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak of a dangerous...

A two-year-old boy in rural Guinea died of Ebola in December 2014. Over the next two years, almost 30,000 people in West Africa would be infected with the Ebola virus. Why, unlike previous 17 Ebola...

Why blackface?

Blackface is part of American culture’s DNA. But America has forgotten that. For almost two weeks, conflict has raged over the use of blackface by two current Virginia politicians when they were younger. The revelations have...

How energy efficiency delivers green dividends in red and blue states

The Green New Deal, a bundle of proposed policies that would combat climate change, create green jobs and address economic inequities, is eliciting the usual partisan debate over what to do about global warming. But...

Just what are ‘zero tolerance’ policies – and are they still common in America’s...

When parents and educators discuss school discipline, one of the things that comes up most are “zero tolerance” policies. This term is often misused and misunderstood, according to new research I published recently. Zero tolerance...

A secure relationship with passwords means not being attached to how you pick them

When you are asked to create a password – either for a new online account or resetting login information for an existing account – you’re likely to choose a password you know you can...

Who’s stronger? An immunological battle of the sexes

Is there anything more exciting than a battle of the sexes? In popular culture, this usually focuses on societal gender roles. But, there’s another battle of the sexes, a biological war waged by the...

This trait could be key to a lasting romance

Passion and commitment are widely believed to be the foundation of strong romantic relationships. But a relationship is made of two unique individuals, and personality traits these individuals possess or lack can often make a...

Think you love your Valentine? What’s beneath the surface may be more complicated

Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner. But what if there’s more going on...

Parkland shooting: One year later, Congress still avoids action on gun control

One year after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida and a handful of states have passed stricter gun laws, but little has changed with the federal government’s firearms policy. Polls...

Is love losing its soul in the digital age?

Instagram users have taken to issuing “weekiversary posts,” where they diligently mark the duration of their romances. An article in The New York Times explained how weekiversary posts have the unintended – or very...

Why Trump failed to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and...

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in Vietnam in late February for a second summit, with the goal of ending a nuclear standoff between the two countries. After the...

Why the pope’s upcoming summit needs to do a full accounting of the cover-up...

Pope Francis is gathering 200 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world for a global summit in Rome to discuss the crisis facing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse scandals. The meeting...

Why the pope’s upcoming summit needs to do a full accounting of the cover-up...

Pope Francis is gathering 200 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world for a global summit in Rome to discuss the crisis facing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse scandals. The meeting...

Satellites reveal a new view of Earth’s water from space

In 1889, near the remote border town of Embudo, New Mexico, John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Grand Canyon and second head of the U.S. Geological Survey, started a quiet scientific revolution. He...

Immigration: How ancient Rome dealt with the Barbarians at the gate

A caravan of Goths – the Thervingi and the Greuthungi – were massing along the Danube river, at the border of the Roman Empire. This was not an invading army, but men, women, and children...

How ancient Rome dealt with the Barbarians at the gate

A caravan of Goths – the Thervingi and the Greuthungi – were massing along the Danube river, at the border of the Roman Empire. This was not an invading army, but men, women, and children...

Ivanka and her tower of crumbs

For two hours each evening, an Ivanka Trump lookalike has been vacuuming a hot pink carpet at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C. As she appears to be on the cusp of completing the task,...

How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of...

Confusing and high bills for cancer patients add to anxiety and suffering

Weeks after my father passed away from cancer in 2010, my newly widowed mother received a bill for US$11,000. Insurance retroactively denied a submitted claim for one of his last chemotherapy treatments, claiming it was...

Drinkers prefer Big Beer keeps its hands off their local craft brews

Craft beer’s popularity has exploded in the U.S. in recent decades, leading to soaring production and the creation of thousands of new breweries. Much of that growth has come at the expense of traditional brewing...

Consumers prefer Big Beer keeps its hands off their local craft brews

Craft beer’s popularity has exploded in the U.S. in recent decades, leading to soaring production and the creation of thousands of new breweries. Much of that growth has come at the expense of traditional brewing...

Time for a Manhattan Project on Alzheimer’s

Imagine if Alzheimer’s was treated like other common diseases. Instead of worrying about the prospect of slowly losing your memory, you might get a series of shots during middle age to prevent the onset...

New diagnostic test for malaria uses spit, not blood

“Spit here, please.” Will this become the instruction we receive upon entering clinics, schools, apothecaries and ports of entry throughout the globe? One of the main factors enabling the continued transmission of malaria are individuals who...

The shutdown: Drowning government in the bathtub

In a Wall Street Journal interview three days after reopening the government, President Trump handicapped the odds of a border wall settlement. “I personally think it’s less than 50-50,” he said, calling another shutdown “certainly...

Sex robots are here, but laws aren’t keeping up with the ethical and privacy...

The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind? From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and...

Russian influence operations extend into Egypt

One of the oldest running daily news organizations in the Arab world, Cairo-based Al-Ahram, publishes stories from Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government. As part of a 2015 agreement between Al-Ahram and Rossiya...

When newspapers close, voters become more partisan

It seems impossible to ignore national politics today. The stream of stories about the president and Congress is endless. Whether online, in print or on television, it has never been easier to follow the...

Latest allegations of sexual assault show how the legal system discourages victims from coming...

Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is refusing to resign after denying charges by two women who have said that he sexually assaulted them. The first woman to come forward was Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor...

Latest allegations of sexual assault show how the legal system discourage victims from coming...

Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is refusing to resign after denying charges by two women who have said that he sexually assaulted them. The first woman to come forward was Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor...

5 ways to develop children’s talents

Some people think talent is born. The often-told story of Mozart playing piano at 3 and composing at 5 reinforces such beliefs. But here’s the rest of that story: Mozart’s father was a successful musician,...