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Don't cry for Christie; he earned it

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants an apology.

He wants it from all in the media who dared to raise questions about the ethics of his administration and to wonder if he personally was involved in "Bridgegate." That scandal, you may recall, had to do with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 that caused serious traffic jams ...Read more

Jeb Bush Learned Nothing from Iraq War Debacle

If there was one question Jeb Bush should have prepared for - should have had down cold - it was the one he blew in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

He blew it again the next day and, amazingly, yet again the next.

It wasn't a trick question. It wasn't a gotcha question. It was a softball: Would you, knowing what we know now, have ...Read more

Missing Mom in Unexpected Ways

How will you miss your mother?

Until she dies, you can't know for sure.

When your mother's gone, you'll miss the things you knew you loved about her, but also things that drove you crazy. You'll miss things you hardly noticed until they weren't there to notice anymore.

You may miss the fact that she was the one person who always picked up the...Read more

Mourning the Death and Celebrating the Life of Dave Goldberg

I'm on the red-eye from San Francisco back to New York after a deeply moving day mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Dave Goldberg.

Scott Tierney, Dave's college roommate, summed up the feeling that permeated the service, the burial, and the shiva afterward: "Dave was my best friend, but there are countless people here who feel the...Read more

Can Francis Reconcile Catholics to Church Hierarchy?

Millions of Catholics eagerly await Pope Francis' arrival in the United States this fall. Like no other Christian leader in recent years, this humble, empathetic man has moved the world with simple words and deeds of virtue.

Yet whatever pleasant surprises and breakthroughs may be in store during the trip -- which includes a stop in Cuba, ...Read more

By Falsifying Test Scores, Educators Robbed Their Students

People love a good rant.

The one issued by an Atlanta judge this week has certainly made the rounds. Judge Jerry Baxter was all over CNN as he angrily sentenced teachers and administrators convicted in a widespread cheating scandal. He ordered some of the guilty educators to jail for seven years, a ...Read more

New Season Means New Rules for Good Neighbors

On Friday morning, I went to get my newspaper and discovered that, once again, someone had pilfered the plastic bag it came in.

I know the paper arrived in a plastic bag because I'd gone out a few minutes earlier and shifted it to the side of the steps so it wouldn't be in anyone's path until I picked it up on my way back in.

When I got home, ...Read more

New Season Means New Rules for Good Neighbors

On Friday morning, I went to get my newspaper and discovered that, once again, someone had pilfered the plastic bag it came in.

I know the paper arrived in a plastic bag because I'd gone out a few minutes earlier and shifted it to the side of the steps so it wouldn't be in anyone's path until I picked it up on my way back in.

When I got home, ...Read more

Everybody Loses, But That Doesn't Make Us Losers

"Loser" is such a sad word. You didn't win the game or the award. You didn't make the cut. You didn't get the vote. Your dreams went splat.

Many of the losers will probably be wondering what they might have done differently, or if they ever had a chance, or if the game was worth the effort and the gamble.

But here's some small consolation for ...Read more

Exploring the Link Between Sleep and School Performance

After many years of neglecting sleep's importance in our lives, we've entered a golden age of sleep studies. We now know that sleep plays a central role in everything from creativity to memory consolidation, and that sleep deprivation, in addition to being associated with a range of debilitating conditions, can leave us with the same cognitive ...Read more

Reading Your Medical File

I walked over to the office of my former doctor recently to pick up my past.

"Sign here," the doctor's assistant said, and I did, with some trepidation, as if I were signing jewels out of a safe deposit box.

She handed me a sheaf of papers and I walked away in search of somewhere to sit and study my precious trove in private.

Have you ever ...Read more

Positive News Deserves Higher Priority

There's an old saying in the news business, one that's guided editorial thinking for decades: "If it bleeds, it leads." That is, stories of violence, tragedy, dysfunction and corruption get top billing -- at the top of the hour, at the top of the computer or phone screen or above the newspaper fold -- driven by the assumption that these are the ...Read more

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