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Any psychologist will tell you that expectations play an enormous role in how we react to events, far beyond any rational assessment we might make. But the more you’re aware of how your expectations are coloring your judgment, the more rational you can be.

The so-called Pandora Papers leak of almost 12 million documents and files exposes the secret offshore accounts of world leaders, celebrities and billionaires. Yet for many, offshore doesn’t mean the Cayman Islands or Switzerland. It means right here in the United States.

What if you could wake up in the morning and choose which laws to abide by and which to ignore? You’d probably keep the laws that protect your property from theft and your good name from libel, and maybe ditch the ones that trigger parking tickets or require you to pay back your debts. For t…

Some of the most open-minded, inclusive people I know struggle with the singular pronoun “they.” And while it’s hard to unlearn what we were taught was grammatically “wrong,” it’s worth doing. To start, let’s clear away all the non-arguments that clutter the “they” debate to get to the heart…

The first I heard of Sally Rooney’s new novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” was in an interview with her in Hebrew, a translation from the original in English. The self-identified Marxist novelist weighed the ethics of writing fiction in “a time of enormous historic crises.” The intervi…

What’s happening to inflation? We know, of course, what the current numbers say: Inflation is high right now, although not 1970s high. But is this a blip or the beginning of a longer-term problem? Economists are divided. I’m basically for the former, but I might be wrong — and the statistics…

Of all the descriptions of Colin Powell’s extraordinary life of service, one that deserves special attention is “reluctant warrior,” the phrase sometimes used to describe his wariness of using military power to achieve uncertain political ends.

The National Football League spent 10 months investigating the toxic culture of the Washington Football Team after dozens of women came forward with complaints of sexual harassment and mistreatment. It interviewed hundreds of witnesses and collected some 650,000 documents. No information, no…

Jon Gruden’s character was entirely formed, or malformed, in football. It’s hard to find someone who was more incubated in it. There is a sense that Gruden was not just speaking for Gruden in those emails, but that he’s a representative NFL man in his blithe bigotry, that he is very much the…

The skies around Taiwan are thick with Chinese fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers, with Beijing flying 150 sorties through the edge of the island’s air defense identification zone in early October alone. Whatever President Xi Jinping’s precise intention — to bully Taiwan and its allies…

On Oct. 4, four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, climaxing a weekend of provocations that saw nearly 150 sorties of China-based fighters and bombers.

When the news broke that Superman is coming out as bisexual, it became a trending topic on Twitter, which is not how I typically determine whether something is important. To me, it was important because, like millions of Silver Age comic book kids growing up with Superman in the 1960s, I fee…

Last week, the Biden administration received just the latest slap in the face from cruel reality: an economic report showing that just 194,000 jobs were added in September, short of the 500,000 jobs forecast by most economists. The unemployment rate dived to 4.8% from 5.2% — not as a result …

Nobel Memorial Prizes in economics are given for long-term research, not for economists’ role in current debates, so they don’t necessarily have much bearing on the political moment. You might expect the disconnect to be especially strong when the prize is given mainly for the development of…

The Democrats are staring down real danger. They just aren’t getting enough done.

Democrats are rightly worried about President Biden’s poor job approval ratings. A closer look at his ratings among independents shows that Democrats should be even more worried than they are.

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and Facebook itself share a vocabulary that reflects current sensibilities. Both talk about making Facebook “safe,” even as more proof that the social media giant is making America uglier pops up daily.

Whistleblower Frances Haugen’s decision to file multiple complaints against Facebook with the Securities and Exchange Commission, appear on “60 Minutes,” and testify before Senate may serve as an inflection point in the battle between Facebook and an increasingly alarmed public. In pressing …

The news that Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to use their coronavirus vaccine in kids aged 5 to 11 has sparked hopes that a return to a version of normalcy in the classroom might be imminent. It’s no wonder: For weeks this new school year,…

We knew this moment would come eventually: Pfizer/BioNTech has applied to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization of its vaccine in children 5 to 11 years old. The good news is that many kids will soon be protected against COVID-19, along with their families and communities. The b…

On the morning of Sept. 14, 1971, the New York Times editorial board felt confident about the facts of the just-ended Attica prison riot: “Prisoners slashed the throats of utterly helpless, unarmed guards, whom they had held captive through the around-the-clock negotiations,” the board declared.

The Jackson Hole Daily is pleased to run today’s columns in honor of National Newspaper Week (Oct. 3-9, 2021). This 81st annual National Newspaper Week recognizes the service of newspapers and their employees across North America. “Community Forum” is this year’s theme. — Ed.

In 2003, Joe Lieberman, at the time the worst Democratic senator, traveled to Arizona to campaign for his party’s presidential nomination and was regularly greeted by anti-war demonstrators. “He’s a shame to Democrats,” said the organizer of a protest outside a Tucson hotel, a left-wing soci…

Conservatives have long been the victims of protesters who inappropriately invade their personal space and picket their homes. Now that progressives are using the same tactics to bully a Democrat — Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — perhaps both parties will finally call it what it is: efforts at…

When federal legislation was enacted to protect endangered species almost a half-century ago, it might already have been too late to save the ivory-billed woodpecker, or any of the other 22 species that the United States government last week announced will be declared extinct. But that must …

Former President Donald Trump hasn’t been in office since January, and he doesn’t live in Virginia. Nonetheless, Trump has become the biggest issue in the Virginia governor’s race; it’s a sign that Democrats know they could lose not only their hold on Richmond, but also on Congress during ne…

As Facebook weathers yet another scandal, this time fueled by its internal research on the effects of Instagram, I’d like to focus on something slightly different that should be a scandal, too: the quality of that internal research.

Physicians are taught to treat their patients with compassion. The patient who needs dialysis due to lifestyle choices should be treated just as kindly as the one whose diabetes is hereditary. It’s not the physician’s place to judge.

It’s OK to have an incorrect scientific hypothesis. But when new data proves it wrong, you have to adapt. Unfortunately, many elected leaders and public health officials have held on far too long to the hypothesis that natural immunity offers unreliable protection against COVID-19.