Joe Nocera

07/21/2014 - 1:30am

    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug.

    Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s. It doesn't work for every sufferer of the disease but...

06/05/2014 - 3:33am

    It is difficult to read stories about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man who went on a murderous spree in Isla Vista, California, last month, without feeling some empathy for his parents.

    We know that his mother, alarmed by some of his misogynistic YouTube videos,...

06/02/2014 - 12:25am

    A strong contender for quote of the month comes from Dennis Loy Johnson, of the small publishing firm Melville House. "How is this not extortion?" he said to David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy of The Times, in a story published last week. "You know, that thing that is illegal when the Mafia does it...

05/29/2014 - 3:01pm

    Three days after the publication of Michael Waldman's new book, "The Second Amendment: A Biography," Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, stabbing three people and then shooting another eight, killing four of them, including himself. This was only the latest mass shooting in recent memory,...

05/26/2014 - 4:58pm

    The sham continues.

    Back in the fall of 2009, in the wake of criticism that it was failing to prosecute executives of the companies that had brought the financial system to the brink of disaster, the Justice Department established the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task...

05/18/2014 - 11:24pm

    In 2006, shortly after being elected to Congress - indeed, as he recalls it, before he had even taken his oath of office - John Sarbanes was approached by several Washington lobbyists. "They offered to do a fundraiser for me," he said. "I thought, 'I don't want to start down this road....

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