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Where are the grown-ups?

America has gone childish on us, and not just America, by the way: The whole of the West has to some extent succumbed to a kind of adolescent mode of…

Tax cuts or health care?

Democratic primary voters now have a clear choice: subsidized taxes to provide health care for all Americans versus lower taxes on the middle class. Barack Obama's promise this week…

Cheating your way to hero worship

Maybe you noticed it too. The scandal over the New England Patriots' cheating lacked the one inevitable ingredient of every sports scandal, and I, for one, am sort of offended…

Iraq, Blackwater & mercenaries

Blackwater is bad news, currently quite literally. The firm, established in 1997, has evolved into one of the most prominent -- and profitable -- of a growing array of sizable…

How the antiwar left lost the war

A few short months ago, the anti-war left was feeling its oats. On campuses around the country, professors were receiving letters asking them to steer students to "a major new…

Iraq unsafe for U.S. officials

US officials were barred on Wednesday from traveling by land outside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone amid fears of attacks after the alleged killing of civilians by private security firm Blackwater. The…

Who monitors the mercenaries?

The fog of war keeps getting thicker. The Iraqi government's decision to temporarily ban the security company Blackwater USA after a fatal shooting of civilians in Baghdad reveals a growing…

So much for academic freedom

Southern California political, media and legal circles have been in a dither over the selection of liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of UC Irvine's new law school, his…

Statistically speaking

The always-interesting "Almanac Issue" of The Chronicle of Higher Education arrived this week. Its 96 pages contain a fascinating array of significant and obscure statistics about the current state of…

The issue here is black and white

I saw two football games this weekend, one live and one on TV, that each reminded me of what a complex issue affirmative action always is. The TV game featured the…