Holiday letters have grateful readers, too

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The Jesus of history could not have been widely known

Sally Quinn’s interview of Bill O’Reilly [“ ‘If everybody followed Jesus’s teachings,’ ” Religion, March 22] provided interesting insights into the character of a popular TV journalist. Mr. O’Reilly answered Ms. Quinn’s questions with candor —...

Weatherman more predictable than the weather

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Maryland seeks to maintain high-quality public education

Regarding the March 23 editorial “Montgomery’s Co.’s spending trap”: Maryland has had the maintenance-of-effort law for more than three decades. During those three decades, loopholes emerged that allowed counties to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in school...

Do your homework on how much study time outside class is best

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Alcohol isn’t the Secret Service’s problem. Lousy leadership is.

The problem in the agency is not alcohol or debauchery, but weak leadership. There are too many incompetent managers who want the title, pay and perks of management while performing no duties of leadership, and too few real leaders. The problem is not bad Secret Service agents...

‘Capital in the Twenty-first Century’ by Thomas Piketty

In its magisterial sweep and ambition, Piketty’s latest work, “Capital in the Twenty-first Century,” is clearly modeled after Marx’s “Das Kapital.” But where Marx’s research was spotty, Piketty’s is prodigious. And where Marx foresaw capitalism’s...

‘The Most Dangerous Man In America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur’ by Mark Perry

Perry sets out to rehabilitate MacArthur — or at least to set the record straight about his strengths as well as his weaknesses. A close student of Napoleon and Genghis Khan, MacArthur was an innovative genius, especially when it came to moving enormous numbers of troops over...

‘The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief’ by George M. Marsden

According to Marsden, the cultural coherence of the 1950s stemmed from respect for authority and the sense of community it engendered. Socially, this meant reverence for fathers and clergy, but as an intellectual historian — indeed one of the most esteemed intellectual historians...
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Who had the worst week in Washington? The Secret Service.

When tasked with protecting the president of the United States, it’s probably not a good idea to pass out drunk in a hotel hallway the day before he arrives. And yet, that’s what happened this past week in Amsterdam. The incident led to a trio of Secret Service agents...