Samuelson: The debate on the size of government that didn’t happen

“For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate.” — President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Well, there’s a presidential whopper. Obama is right that the role...

When will the United States get serious about security?

Regarding the Jan. 26 front-page article “Shooting at Md. mall leaves 3 dead”: Last week while I was in Israel, my wife called me on my cellphone and asked if I heard what happened at the Mall in Columbia. I had to tell her to hold on while I passed through a metal detector on my...

Will: Four words in the ACA could spell its doom

Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

Why tech companies and the NSA diverge on Snowden

Peter Swire is a professor of law and ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business. He was a member of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and was the chief counselor for privacy in the Office...

Ignatius: With Iran, Israel, Kerry is master of the interim deal

TEL AVIV For Secretary of State John F. Kerry, diplomacy has centered on what might be called the art of the interim deal. He has tackled two of the world’s toughest issues — the Iranian nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian problem — and has fashioned tentative...

Editorial: Obama ignores the District’s lack of basic rights

PRESIDENT OBAMA had some stirring words in Tuesday’s State of the Union address about “justice and fairness and equality” and the importance of making those words set to paper by the nation’s founders “real for every citizen.” He also spoke about efforts to support...

Editorial: This farm bill deserves a veto

IN TWO recent speeches, his Dec. 4 oration on income inequality and his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama proclaimed his commitment to fairness and equal opportunity. In the former address, he called inequality “the defining challenge of our time”; in the...

Editorial: Falling short on Afghanistan

PRESIDENT OBAMA returned in his State of the Union address to a familiar slogan: The war in Afghanistan “is finally coming to an end.” That, of course, is not true: As 29 million Afghans could testify, there is no end to the conflict in sight. Mr. Obama equates the end of the war...

‘Call Me Burroughs: A Life,’ by Barry Miles

Years ago I wrote a damning review of Daniel Boorstin’s “The Creators.” Ostensibly a study of the artistic imagination, this huge book was suffused with its author’s disapproval of the people he was writing about. So many of these writers and painters were not the...

Seneca County snow emergency cancelled

At 3:22 p.m. Wednesday, Seneca County Sheriff William E. Eckelberry cancelled the county’s level one snow emergency.