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  • Barone: Watch out for China winning '100-year marathon'

    In reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, “On China,” notes that since he and Richard Nixon ve ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Eric Olson: School finances complicated issue for parents

    Some days I’m the only one perusing the newspaper on the kitchen table, but the lead story in Wednesday’s edition was one the whole family cared about ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Jason Akst: Sleep on this, seriously

    I take our son to school most days. It’s a short drive but it’s quality time.Not Tuesday.We were at ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Schultz: A racial slur and second chances

    Let’s start at the beginning.A very good place to start.On Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Ponnuru: Republicans unite to ignore immigration in 2016

    Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Pitts: Jon Stewart is why I'm not crazy

    I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank.Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a f ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Duenwald: Why fracking worsens heartland earthquakes

    Not so many years ago, earthquake science was no more relevant to Oklahoma than marine biology. But these days the state is shaking way more often tha ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Barone: 2016 political environment has shifted

    Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Harrop: The slave wears Prada: Red-carpet confusion

    Lupita Nyong’o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in “12 Years a Slave.”
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Eric Olson: My cellphone would bore spies stiff

    Even if they could, I’m pretty sure the National Security Agency isn’t listening to my cellphone calls, or to yours, either.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 12:32 am
  • Carson: We have met the enemy, and he is not us

    BEN CARSON RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us The graphic ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • McArdie: Why Wal-Mart is raising everyday low wages

    By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage.The retail colossus, which has seen ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Schultz: Hit the road, Hillary

    In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Jason Akst: Happy belated birthday, Gov. Bruce Rauner

    Think what you will about Gov. Bruce Rauner.The guy campaigned on certain ideas, won big, hit the gr ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • Jackson-Hayes: We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training

    MEMPHIS – In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, enginee ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:04 pm
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