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Virginia’s prisons chief showed troubling indifference to a death

WHEN HE was hired in 2010 to run Virginia’s prison system, Harold W. Clarke arrived with a quarter-century of experience, including top jobs in three other states. That’s why it’s so disturbing that Mr. Clarke, as head of the Massachusetts prison system the year...
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Editorial: Stop stalling on the Affordable Care Act

THE OBAMA administration this week announced that it is again rewriting some of the Affordable Care Act’s rules, offering yet another extension for noncompliant health-insurance plans. The decision is not justifiable: It’s time to implement this law fully. Senior...
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Editorial: The West must resist Mr. Putin’s gambits in Ukraine

THE UNITED States and its allies have responded to Russia’s invasion of Crimea with a flurry of diplomacy aimed at persuading Moscow to accept negotiation and an eventual compromise, with a gently escalating sequence of sanctions as the alternative. Vladi­mir Putin’s...
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‘Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity’ by Shabana Mir

Sociology MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN ON CAMPUS Undergraduate Social Life and Identity By Shabana Mir Univ. of North Carolina. 204 pp. $28 It should come as no surprise that being a Muslim American woman on an American college campus, surrounded by social pressures involving drinking...

‘The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in Gilded Age’ by Myra MacPherson

Wall Street was just the beginning. Before the decade was half-over, the sisters had started their own radical newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, with the profits from their brokerage; Victoria had addressed Congress and run for president (with Frederick Douglass);...

‘Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream’ by Suzanne Mettler

What about public support? The synergy between federal and state governments that propelled the phenomenal expansion of higher education in the 19th and 20th centuries has all but vanished, Suzanne Mettler writes in her provocative new book, “Degrees of Inequality.” The Cornell...

Yardley: ‘The Bombers and the Bombed Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940-1945’ by Richard Overy

Now comes Richard Overy, one of the most accomplished and respected historians of the war, a professor at the University of Exeter and writer and editor of more than 30 books, to shed new light on the bombing campaign. As in all his previous books, he is sympathetic to ordinary...

‘Stokely: A Life’ by Peniel E. Joseph

Carmichael was born in the Caribbean, lived in the United States and died in Africa. The Pan-Africanism he was to advocate in his later life was a philosophical and political attempt to tie this sense of black diaspora together. Born in 1941 in Trinidad, Carmichael grew up in the...

‘Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball’ by John Feinstein

Their stories vary: Pitcher Scott Elarton was a major league star for a season or more until injuries and alcohol left him jobless. John Lindsey spent his entire working life in the minors. (Lindsey, Feinstein tells us, “played more minor-league games without a major league...

In Ukraine, we’ve agreed to have our differences — until now

Andrey Kurkov is a Ukrainian novelist whose books include “Death and the Penguin” and “The Gardner From Ochakov.” This essay was translated from Russian by Natallia Maroz. Ukrainians like to argue with each other. And after not being able to agree, we like to sit down together...