Political attacks on Common Core are driven by pandering

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, sixth grader Alex Greuey, 11, reads through a problem in the English Language Arts section of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test . (Ty Wright/AP) By Campbell Brown February 27 at 7:58 PM Campbell...
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How a cannibal moved to New York and became rich and famous

By Gary Krist February 27 at 4:35 PM Gary Krist  is the author, most recently, of “Empire of Sin.” THE CAPTAIN AND “THE CANNIBAL” An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage By James Fairhead Yale Univ.377 pp. $40 A New Yorker wandering into Peale’s...

‘Eleanor Marx,’ a life of an early feminist and Karl Marx’s daughter

By Julia M. Klein February 27 at 4:38 PM Julia M. Klein is a cultural reporter and critic in Philadelphia and a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review. ELEANOR MARX A Life By Rachel Holmes Bloomsbury. 508 pp. $35 It is rare to read a biography that packs as powerful an...

World War I and the mordant history of weapons of mass destruction

By Richard Rhodes February 27 at 4:39 PM Richard Rhodes’s most recent book is “Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made.” A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare By Diana Preston Bloomsbury. 340...

Two books ask: will the electric car ever be the car of the present?

By Tom Zeller Jr. February 27 at 4:41 PM THE POWERHOUSE Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World By Steve LeVine Viking. 308 pp. $28.95 THE GREAT RACE The Global Quest for the Car of the Future By Levi Tillemann Simon & Schuster.338 pp. $28 Tom Zeller Jr. is a...

Time to tackle unfinished business in criminal justice reform

By Eric H. Holder Jr. February 27 at 11:46 AM The writer is attorney general of the United States. Today, a rare consensus has emerged in favor of reforming our federal drug sentencing laws. This presents a historic opportunity to improve the fairness of our criminal justice...

Why I won’t be attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress

In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP) By Betty McCollum February 26 at 8:08 PM Betty McCollum, a Democrat, represents Minnesota’s 4th District in the...

Rampell: If you want to know who gets health-care handouts, look in the mirror

(Daniel Acker/BLOOMBERG) By Catherine Rampell Opinion writer February 26 at 8:09 PM Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case that threatens to ax the subsidies millions of Americans receive for health insurance purchased on Obamacare’s federally run exchanges. And a...

Meyerson: Airline passengers are paying the price so that investors can profit

A Southwest Airlines jet comes in to land at Lindbergh Field in San Diego, California. (Mike Blake/Reuters) By Harold Meyerson Opinion writer February 26 at 8:12 PM In 2008, the New York Times’ great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titl...

Defining ‘special forces’

February 26 at 5:10 PM Regarding the Feb. 25 Fed Page article “VA chief apologizes for false claim ”: I was a junior reserve Navy Seabee officer from 1958 to 1962. I was stationed at the naval air station in Puerto Rico when the 82nd Airborne Division, in which Veterans Affairs...