Robert B. Reich: The coin of the realm

Robert Reich

December 21st, 2014

A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Inc. stock based on insider information provided by a Dell employee. When charged with insider trading, Level Global Investors co-founder Anthony Chiasson claimed he didn’t know where the tip originated.

Connie Schultz: Keep talking, Andrew Hawkins


December 21st, 2014

On Dec. 14, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame field wearing a T-shirt to challenge our nation’s conscience.

George F. Will: A Texas-sized license plate dispute

George F. Will

December 20th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

Peter Brookes: Caving to Cuba is wrong move

December 20th, 2014

Whoa! Sure, we should be thrilled the Cubans have released American Alan Gross, but Team Obama’s plan to normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro regime as a result is a bad idea.

Maria Sanchez: We must not let Mexico become a failed state

December 19th, 2014

Mass protests have blocked highways, overtaken town squares and disrupted government buildings. Protesters are in their third unrelenting month of marching and organizing, demanding answers for the brutal deaths of the young men.

Letter to the Editor: Best wishes to all

December 18th, 2014

Once again the holiday season is upon us. Americans, in this the most religiously diverse country in the world, will celebrate the holiday in accordance with their beliefs, religious or secular. For humanists, with the humanist manifesto as our guide, this is a time for reflection on our commitment to our fellow human beings, a time to reaffirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment that aspire to the good of humanity.

Froma Harrop: Charity vs. panhandling

Froma Harrop

December 17th, 2014

I’m paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, “Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?”

Jonah Goldberg: Thinking about torture

Jonah Goldberg

December 17th, 2014

For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore.

Lawrence Kudlow: Lower oil, King Dollar are unambiguously good

Lawrence Kudlow

December 17th, 2014

We all know that the American energy revolution, led by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has created a flood of new shale-oil and natural-gas production that has overwhelmed world markets and driven prices down by roughly 40 percent. End-of-week crude oil closed near $57 a barrel, and the national average gasoline price finished at $2.60.

Commentary: Killing with impunity

December 16th, 2014

The media have given us extraordinary exposure to recent events involving the police. It’s a rare viewer or listener who has not formed some conclusion about them. But they’re all over the lot. The views of the Daily’s readers are as good as any of the others. Here are a few of them.

Diane Dimond: Policing can never be the same

Diane Dimond

December 15th, 2014

Note to Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: If you aren’t actively seeking ideas to foster better relations between your community and your officers, you probably should resign.

Mark Shields: Cheney or McCain? Consider the source

Mark Shields

December 15th, 2014

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain’s campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A rainbow coalition of protests

Leonard Pitts Jr.

December 14th, 2014

They have not stopped. That’s one of the most heartening things about the demonstrations against police brutality that began with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August and renewed with a grand jury’s decision last week not to indict a New York police officer who choked Eric Garner to death.

Robert B. Reich: Wall Street’s Democrats

Robert Reich

December 14th, 2014

In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Froma Harrop: Do you vote what you drink?

Froma Harrop

December 12th, 2014

Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram’s gin?