Archive

September 28th, 2015

Francis' antidote to cynicism

    This can be a very cynical city. Yet there were many moments on Wednesday when cynicism seemed to dissolve -- and I don't think I felt this just because I'm a Catholic who admires Pope Francis.

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Your Weed Killer Might Kill You

    When I began writing about agriculture nearly a decade ago, I learned quickly that people generally believed that Roundup, the best-selling weed killer made by Monsanto, was relatively harmless.

    Roundup breaks down quickly, everyone said — and into non-toxic components, they added. If homeowners can buy it at gardening stores, and cities around the United States use it to kill weeds in parks where children play, it must be benign, right?

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Volkswagen scandal looks like Libor on four wheels

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The GOP’s Can’t-Do Attitude

    The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change.

    Senator Marco Rubio led the way, misconstruing the shift toward green-energy — which even Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says is in the works — as a job-killing ideological plot.

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Taking it Lying Down vs. Plain Old Lying

    The Republicans have finally found someone to man up to Donald Trump, who’s threatening to turn their presidential primaries into a Saturday Night Live skit. She’s a woman.

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So long, Scott Walker

    Scott Walker, we hardly knew ye. So swiftly and decisively did the brash and overconfident young governor of Wisconsin flame out as a 2016 Republican presidential contender that one has to wonder why he ever thought he had a prayer.

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Fiorina's dishonesty eclipsed by Trump's sexism

    One part of me wants to bash Carly Fiorina for her persistent dishonesty. The other part wants to defend her against Donald Trump's persistent sexism. So here's both.

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Fiorina And Trump: Rivals That Deserve Each Other

    Republicans always say nobody respects America anymore. No kidding. Given that CNN International televised last week's GOP presidential debate to a waiting world, it's no wonder. It's one thing to see the most powerful nation on earth choosing its leaders via TV game show. Quite another to contemplate the parade of grotesques and mountebanks enlisted as contestants.

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Fighting Inequality at the Local Level

    Inequality isn’t a condition. It’s a creation. Inequality is produced by thousands of decisions deliberately made by bosses, bankers, and big shots to siphon money and power from the many to the few.

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A Racist Wake-Up Call

    I worked proudly with Muslim CIA officers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. I used to think most Americans understood that Muslim Americans are patriots, too.

    Ahmed Mohamed’s recent ordeal proved how wrong I was.

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