Frank Bruni

08/21/2014 - 6:13pm

    Mike Johnston's mother was a public-school teacher. So were her mother and father. And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.

    So when he expresses the concern that we're not getting the best teachers into classrooms or weeding out the worst performers, it's not as...

05/04/2014 - 11:50pm

    Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatles declared that money can't buy you love.

    They hadn't met Donald Sterling.

    Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, just did the impossible. He wrested the...

05/04/2014 - 11:00pm

    Not long ago I asked a good friend of mine - one of the smartest men I know, and one of the most devoted dads - if he thought that his children would live in a more prosperous America or at least enjoy the same bounty of opportunities that we had.

    His response was...

04/27/2014 - 11:37pm

    I learned long ago to open my inbox with trepidation. A journalist is a magnet for complaints.

    I also learned to take a deep breath and maybe a stiff drink if an email from Larry Kramer lurked there. A journalist who weighed in on gay issues or AIDS was a magnet for...

04/25/2014 - 1:32am

    What do you call someone who sows misinformation, stokes fear, abets behavior that endangers people's health, extracts enormous visibility from doing so and then says the equivalent of "Who? Me?"

    I'm not aware of any common noun for a bad actor of...

04/17/2014 - 4:55pm

    Most of the hate crimes in the United States don't take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren't perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He's an extreme, not an...

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