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The first thing you need to know about Patrick Bayer is that he’s an economist, a social scientist and part of a discipline tha [...]

Memorial Day Open Thread

Today we justly honor the many men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces. This year, more than most, I'm struck by the fact that war is not a distant memory, or an occasional event, but an ever-present condition. In war… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m [...]

Last week — after intense pressure from the news media — Donald Trump made good on a promise he had made in January. He gave $1 milli [...]

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives to protect this country. It is a day when the focus on those sacrifices [...]

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When You See the Film of These Brave Veterans in Therapy, It Will Change How You Think About PTSD

As millions of Americans around the country fire up the grills on Memorial Day and welcome the arrival of summer, it might be easy to forget what the holiday is supposed to commemorate. That’s why on Monday, the POV (Point of View) series on PBS will air Of Men and War, a documenta [...]

Brazil is in crisis. Earlier this month, President Dilma Rousseff was ousted from office after a series of scandals led to impeachment proc [...]

Six nights a week, Popole Misenga travels by bus from a favela in the northern reaches of Rio de Janeiro to a private college on the city&# [...]

FRESNO, Calif. — When Donald Trump began his campaign by accusing Mexico of sending drug dealers, rapists and other criminals into th [...]

VISALIA, Calif. — Charles Rothbaum has waited a long time for a presidential candidate to visit this traditionally red, Central Valle [...]

Open thread for night owls: Making America great again like it was in the ‘good old days’

 If you haven’t seen this, here’s your chance. The Donnie knows how to handle dissent.  x YouTube Video HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TOP COMMENTS TWEET OF THE DAY x When #corporate polluters manipulate our political system with big $, our #climate pays the price [...]

SpaceX could help with military launches, but its primary goal is far more ambitious

It’s launch day at Kennedy Space Center in the not-too distant future. On the pad stands a gleaming rocket, pointed eagerly at the sky. Then the exciting countdown begins … 3 … 2 … 1 … and it rises on a pillar of fire. Clearing the gantry, it quickly rolls slightly and s [...]

Why #GambiaRising matters to Americans

Few things stir the passions of most Americans more than the struggle of oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a tyrant, a dictator, an authoritarian government, or a totalitarian regime. And to be sure, those feelings are greatly amplified when the uprising represents a pot [...]

ORLANDO — William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who made a late-career leap to the Libertarian Party, won its vi [...]

Last weekend I noted that the ongoing presidential primary between Sanders and Clinton is benefiting Democrats in California. That’s  [...]

Over at the Washington Monthly, D.R. Tucker is pretty fed up with Bernie Sanders. He agrees with me that Sanders seems too bitter these day [...]

Economists discover people don’t behave rationally

“Contrary to our original thinking, I’ve come to believe that people don’t behave like the economic textbooks say they should behave,” wrote Dr. Paul Wingfield, an economist at Cato University. “People don’t behave rationally.” Wingfield and his colleague, Dr. Summer Redaction, recently p [...]

A friend of mine sends me an email about Hillary Clinton: I have two daughters, 28 and 25, who live in NYC and a son, 23, just out of coll [...]

The Green Mile

Yesterday, I speculated about the possibility of Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson qualifying to appear in the fall presidential debates alongside Republican Party nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. There’s another third-party candidate who [...]

The Good Future: Reclaiming Utopia

This is the 500th anniversary of Utopia. The word was created as the name of a fictional land from a book written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More. In the book, More recounts conversations with a man who has visited Utopia—a beautiful island off the coast of the then distant and exotic America. [...]