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Outside Voices: McChrystal debacle reveals bigger problem

Chicago Tribune, June 24: President Barack Obama said that firing Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal was necessary to ensure that his national security team was working together. “I welcome debate, but …


Outside Voices: The high price of cut corners

St. Louis Post-DISPATCH, June 17: In 2007, obscure mathematician Nassim Nicholas Taleb published “The Black Swan,” a book about unexpected events that have an outsized impact on history. We all …


Outside Voices: Can’t ignore slavery’s role

Los Angeles Times, April 11: What was Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell thinking when he declared April to be Confederate History Month without mentioning slavery? Whatever the explanation, the proclamation, …


Outside Voices: Just say no to earmarks

Chicago Tribune, March 15: On Wednesday (March 10), Democratic leaders decreed that they will ban earmarks – special, under-the-radar spending requests – that benefit private businesses. The Democrats will still …


Outside Voices: Obama plan bold, realistic

Kansas City Star, Dec. 2: Saying that fighting extremism in Afghanistan is vital to American national security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the rapid deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. …


Outside Voices: Don’t judge all by one

Dallas Morning News, Nov. 6: When soldiers die on the battlefield, it’s a tragedy, but a normal one, if violent death can ever be thought of as normal. And then …


Outside Voices: Lawsuit puts chill on speech

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 29: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was royally punked earlier this month, falling victim to an elaborate ruse by a group of political activists. The business …


Outside Voices: Time to drop ethanol credit

Kansas City Star, Oct. 13: Congress has tried to create a charmed life for ethanol and Midwestern corn growers in recent years. First came a hefty tax credit for producing …


Outside voices: Prize comes prematurely

Miami Herald, Oct. 10: “Who, Obama? So fast? Too fast – he hasn’t had the time to do anything yet.” Even some of the president’s admirers must have shared the …


Outside Voices: Let Polanski face the law

Dallas Morning News, Sept. 29: Fugitive film director Roman Polanski learned over the weekend that you can’t outrun the long arm of the law. Swiss police nabbed the confessed sex …


Outside voices: Public option gets a boost

Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 17: Clever, Sen. Max Baucus. The Montana Democrat who heads the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday breathed new life into the growing calls to create a government-run …


Outside voices: Marijuana research needs change

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 4: When the federal Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a request for proposals seeking competitive applications for the production, analysis and distribution of …


Outside voices: Take time with reform

ORLANDO SENTINEL, July 30: With Congress’ annual August recess looming, neither the Senate nor the House will be meeting President Barack Obama’s deadline for votes on health care reform before …


A memory fit for a king

Chicago Tribune, July 8: Even in death, he made a spectacle of himself. Billions of mourners around the world watched Michael Jackson’s memorial service Tuesday, an unrestrained display of communal …


Outside Voices: Iraq enters a new phase

Los Angeles Times, July 1: As the United States prepared to invade Iraq in 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell famously warned that “if you break it, you own it.” …


Outside Voices: Reform isn’t easy or cheap

Chicago Tribune, June 22: Talk about bad timing for President Barack Obama. There he was on June 15, exhorting doctors at an American Medical Association confab to join his once-in-a-generation …


Situational morality

Washington Post, June 18: Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., held a news conference this week to admit that he had an affair with a campaign worker. Mr. Ensign said he remains …


Outside Voices: Hatred still too common

Newsday, June 12: Hate does not age out. Though some people can rise above it, far too many never do. That is the sad and alarming lesson of 88-year-old James …


Outside Voices: Egypt speech a positive step

Newsday, June 5: It was the right message, delivered in the right place by the right messenger. President Barack Obama’s nuanced parsing yesterday of the conflicts and commonalities of Islam …


Outside Voices: Tests await marriage ban

Sacramento Bee, May 27: For the third time in five years, the California Supreme Court ruled Tuesday on the question of same-sex marriage. This time, the court upheld the voters’ …


Outside Voices: A welcome turn

The Los Angeles Times, Wednesday: To listen to the global-warming deniers, the Obama administration’s announcement Tuesday that it plans to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles will hurt the economy, …


Outside Voices: A positive sign

San Jose Mercury News, May 12: The latest indication that America is ready for health care reform is also the strongest: The insurance industry, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, doctors and a …


Outisde Voices: Obama will find middle ground on torture nearly impossible

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 21: If it weren’t so disturbing, it would be funny. CIA interrogators had been handed Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi national believed to be a top strategist …


Outside Voices: Friends in need

Chicago Tribune, March 28: The Salvation Army has rolled out its red kettles for holiday fundraising since 1891. But it has never had a year as successful as 2008. At …


Outside Voices: Lawmakers’ salary increases shouldn’t be automatic

Chicago Tribune, March 26: It used to be that members of Congress had to ask themselves if they deserved a pay raise before giving themselves one. Wouldn’t you love to …


Outside Voices: A lesson in value

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 27: In 1982, President Ronald Reagan began the lovely tradition of inviting everyday heroes to be the president’s guests during the State of the Union address, …


Outside Voices: Pope’s misstep

Miami Herald, Feb. 10: Pope Benedict XVI stirred up another controversy last month when he reinstated a bishop who said of the Holocaust: “There was not one Jew killed in …


Outside voices: Everyday parenting woes pale in comparison to octuplets

Fresno Bee, on Jan. 28: Mamma Mia! Talk about an unexpected bundle of joy. On Monday, a mother in Southern California gave birth to octuplets. Doctors said the mother, who …