Almost daily, educators across the country tell me that at least half of their students use electronic cigarettes, mainly the Juul brand. Many of these young people show clear signs of addiction. They are agitated, emotional and unable to sit through an entire class period. They often need t…
Terming health care a “basic human right” may make an advocate feel more politically virtuous and caring. Nevertheless, such phrasing only oversimplifies and stunts the necessary debate remaining over how our health care system should and could operate better. The rights-based approach to he…
What should a self-driving car do when a nearby vehicle is swerving unpredictably back and forth on the road, as if its driver were drunk? What about encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way? Before autonomous cars are on the road, everyone should know how they’ll respond in unexpected s…
The trade spat between the U.S. and China over the past two weeks now seems headed toward a new phase, which could prove to be far more dangerous for the global economy.
Tom Teves has told the story of losing his son Alex in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater so many times over the past seven years that the details come automatically.
At a gun-safety forum hosting virtually every presidential candidate, how do you stand out? One way is to not merely run down a list of policy ideas, but rather to speak from the heart and from experience.
I was the supervisor of Oregon's Siuslaw National Forest in 1996 when a huge landslide caused by shoddy road construction sent tons of mud and debris into a critical salmon stream. I felt terrible ― and personally responsible. In the rush to build logging roads along treacherously steep hillsides, we mismanaged forests for decades and pushed salmon and spotted owls to the brink of extinction.
The most powerful moment in Larry Nassar's 2017 court proceedings came in the form of his victims' blistering confrontation of the man who had gotten away with so much for so long. Woman after woman rose in a Michigan courtroom to excoriate the disgraced physician. And in doing so, they wrested power back from Nassar. They guided the public's attention to where it belonged: not on the sniveling mess of a man who sat silently before the judge's bench, but on the promising young athletes who were failed by the system designed to protect them.
If I told you this column is about the removal of a memorial to soldiers who fought on the wrong side in the Civil War, you'd probably guess I have in mind some statue in Virginia or Georgia or Alabama. Good guess - but you'd be mistaken. The monument in question has stood in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, since long before I first visited the town more than half a century ago.
Then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo famously said, "You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose." Unfortunately, too many of the Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in prose - or, worse, in laundry lists.
Facts are the best antidote to conspiracy theories. After we learn of the bizarre and inexplicable, conspiracy theories take wing and stay very much alive so long as key questions remain unanswered - what actually happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, and who or what is responsible? In the shocking case of Jeffrey Epstein's death, a reliable finding of the facts cannot come soon enough.
Millions of children in the United States live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and countless other mental health issues with varying levels of severity. As a pediatric and adolescent psychiatrist explains some signs and symptoms of mental health issues in children a…
“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was wrong to attack personally Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, a man widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike. But Trump was absolutely right when he called Baltimore “dangerous,” “filthy” and “rodent infested” — that is, if you can be…
“They that sow the wind,” the Bible’s book of Hosea warns, “shall reap the whirlwind.” Donald Trump has sown the wind, and his Republican Party will reap the whirlwind.
Add my hometown of El Paso to the list that, in Texas alone, includes Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe - places where people were shot where they went to pray, shop and go to school. I can't think of another situation where we would not do something together about wolves roving among us.
There are no lone wolves. A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday was allegedly perpetrated by a young, white male, according to police, who appears to have posted a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto online minutes before the attack, declaring the need to fight the "Hispanic invasion of Texas."
Since his campaign, President Donal Trump has pushed race to the center of American politics. It started with his stance on immigration and intensified with his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the past few weeks, he has sharpened the focus through attacks on minority members of Congress dubbed "the Squad," as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and the city of Baltimore.
When temperatures soar, we know we are at risk for heat stroke and dehydration. However, not many people know that high temperatures can impact their medications too.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to turn K-12 schooling into K-16 — in other words, to move toward making public four-year colleges free and universal. But there are good reasons not to do this. Past a certain point, education probably works best as an eclectic mix of approaches …
American authors are hurting. Surveys done by the Authors Guild show that the median income of authors from writing has declined 42% in the past 10 years. Well over half of full-time, published authors now earn below the individual poverty level from their writing.
WASHINGTON — The two-night Democratic debate this week was portrayed as a policy brawl between the party’s moderate and left wings. But what we really saw in Detroit were debates between the party’s left and the far left.
For all the talk about why Donald Trump was elected president while losing the popular vote and how he could win again, one of the least discussed results of the 2016 election offers valuable lessons for Democrats.
The government body that long posed the biggest obstacle to the union of T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. because of the deal’s glaring antitrust issues now has given its blessing. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the controversial $59 billion merger, capping a rather unco…
Americans once again are interested in debating economic systems. The 2016 presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, reignited a debate about capitalism and socialism that some believed had died with the Soviet Union. Younger Americans now are divided on which sys…
NEW YORK — Raise your hand if you can think of some different ways CNN will approach the second Democratic presidential debate, which will unfold over two nights in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and other Democratic presidential candidates believe that Joe Biden was wrong in helping to craft and pass the 1994 crime bill, which they blame for the damage it wrought among African Americans.