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That the beliefs which political parties express — like the Republican party and “conservatism” or the Democratic party and “liberalism” — are best understood as packages of ideas, which can be re-packaged and re-arranged as…

This isn’t a betting column, though there does appear to be an opportunity to make a few bucks in the NFL market. That would be in Minnesota, where quarterback Kirk Cousins seems intent on sabotaging…

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As strange as it sounds, college football needs to take Lane Kiffin’s lead. That’s right, Lane Kiffin. The “Bad Boy” of SEC football coaches. The offensive whiz kid who left Tennessee after…

GORDON BAY, Ontario — Two weeks ago, one of America’s best-known climate scientists set off onto Ontario’s Lake Joseph for an evening of stargazing, as she had almost every summer of her life. From her…

“There is a madness afoot here, and only government can make a difference,” said James Sanders, a New York state senator whose Queens district had one of the highest rates of death from COVID-19 during…

I wrote recently about an Afghan human rights activist who ran shelters for abused women but was forced by Taliban advances to flee her home. She is now in hiding in Kabul. She won kudos…

When Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic women’s gymnastics team final last week because of her mental health, I couldn’t help but think of another Olympian — Canadian sports legend Hayley Wickenheiser — and what…

Black Americans are three times as likely as whites to get COVID-19, and twice as likely to die from it.  Still, with the Delta variant on the march, Black vaccination rates remain lower than for…

The most stunning thing about the Great Ice Cream War between Ben & Jerry’s and Israel is the explosive Israeli reaction. The ice cream maker, famous for social consciousness and iconic flavors like Chubby Hubby,…

On Wednesday I visited with Gov. Laura Kelly by phone for 25 minutes.  In arranging for the interview, I was told the Governor could give me 15 minutes to concentrate on economic development, transportation and…