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Premium Content Earth Day might be the time to go vegan

 April 22, 2014; Updated: 6:42 am

The recently released United Nations report, "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" might alter your perception this Earth Day. It confirms that climate change is having an impact on every continent, affecting agriculture,...


Premium Content 'Red lines' bluster but don't safeguard

 April 22, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran. I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was...


Premium Content New London City Council should not act hastily to rebuild fund balance

 April 21, 2014; Updated: 11:58 pm

Less than two weeks ago, on April 9, The Day editorial board applauded the City Council for tabling $2.2 million in additional borrowing requested by the administration while approving $4.4 million of the original $6.6 million requested.


Conn.'s urban rot of perpetual poverty

 April 21, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

Reading the governor's press releases, Connecticut might think that preservation of farmland and prevention of "suburban sprawl" are compelling issues. Riding the train from Greenwich to Hartford gives a contrary impression. Thanks to Amtrak,...


A deadly decade for environmentalists

 April 19, 2014; Updated: 1:44 pm

According to a report released this week by the London-based NGO Global Witness, at least 908 environmental activists have been killed over the last decade. That number is comparable to the 913 journalists killed in the course of their work in...


Premium Content Reform's unintended consequences

 April 19, 2014; Updated: 1:44 pm

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective...


Obama setting limits on Ukraine response

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for...


A scapegoat for a feckless wizard

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically...


Wall Street wonders not helping Main Street

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

We're giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project,...


Premium Content Warning signs in China

 April 14, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

China's financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.

China remains an opaque country, and even the most...


Women, get loud! Keep pushing for equal pay

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You've won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same...


Premium Content Thought police on patrol

 April 12, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of...


Let there be light on health spending

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

Foes of Obamacare often frame such health reforms as "redistribution" schemes. They take money from hardworking Americans and give it to the presumably undeserving. My conservative friends are right that a lot of health reform is about...


Finizio's exit tops the list of notables

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

A few weeks ago as President Obama visited Connecticut to join Governor Malloy in their campaign to raise the minimum wage, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio led the City Council into raising it for the city's seasonal workers.

But now...


Putin's Ukraine strategy a blast from U.S. past

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 6:04 pm

The West has made NATO's military alliance the heart of its response to Russia's power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like...


Billions undocumented proves fed dysfunction

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts. Steve Linick, State's inspector general, issued a "management alert" warning that...


Unseemly pilgrimage to Adelson's Vegas altar

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair. They would include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...


Women can be assets in combat

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

Since 1944, West Point has required cadets to pass its indoor obstacle course, a test of agility, stamina and strength that is designed to build a warrior ethos and determine whether these future soldiers can meet the physical demands of combat.


Obamacare's known unknowns

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 12:13 am

Obamacare's late enrollment surge was extremely impressive - an amazingly powerful testament to the American powers of procrastination. At the end of February, the number of people who had signed up for health-care plans stood at 4.2...


Unequal attention paid to corrupt politicians

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

As a political scandal, there isn't much in the guilty pleas of Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, nursing home executive Brian Foley, to federal charges of concealing her 2012 congressional campaign's hiring of disgraced former Gov. John G.


Japanese believe valid arguments for its whaling have been ignored

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

Efforts to expand the understanding of the international community are indispensable for effective utilization of limited fisheries resources. In a case before the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague, where the legitimacy of Japan's...


Kerry's Folly, Chapter 3, Humiliation by Abbas

 April 5, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes - against all advice and holding no cards - Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar...


Republican Senate would be a big deal

 April 4, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

If Republicans take control of the Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal.

Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the...


Effective or not, torture is un-American

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the CIA, against the agency's equally stubborn director, John...


Stop the hand-wringing over 'Noah'

 April 2, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content.


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