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On Saturday, several days after my son stopped testing positive for the coronavirus, I took him out for ramen and then to the movies. I wouldn’t have gone three weeks ago, when omicron was at its height and my family hadn’t been infected yet. But now everyone in my household except me has ha…

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Philosopher Robert Bellah once posited that modern Western human beings identify themselves in a peculiar way: as emotional cores, surrounded by baser material. According to Bellah, we are expressive individualists — meaning that “each person has a unique core of feeling and intuition that s…

Intel late last year issued a routine open letter to suppliers containing a reasonable request: Avoid sourcing from Xinjiang, the Chinese region in which President Xi Jinping’s administration is conducting a cultural genocide against the resident Uyghur Muslim population. What happened next,…

America can’t, and mustn’t, go to war with Russia over Ukraine. President Biden stated this inescapable truth at his Wednesday news conference — and sent foreign policy hawks into a sputtering rage. The president was admittedly ineloquent — but he managed to ramble his way to a refreshing re…

One of my early childhood memories was pretending to be a flight attendant when I rode along on an empty commercial jet flown from one city to another by my father, a pilot. I walked down the aisle holding pleasant imaginary conversations and handing out Cokes.

This past Saturday, as I watched images of FBI agents pacing the perimeter of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, after a terrifying hostage standoff, I felt strangely glad that my father wasn’t alive to witness the scene. At the end of his life, he took great comfo…

Despite all the security training they had sat through, and everything that the congregants knew about the heightened dangers of hate and ignorance, they still kept the faith and opened the synagogue door to greet the stranger who knocked. He was welcomed inside Congregation Beth Israel syna…

The view that the Biden presidency is flailing — and failing — has now moved from the opinion pages to the news pages.

A new video released by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox argues that the big, semiannual trade show called Outdoor Retailer should come back to Salt Lake City. This is despite opposition from leading brands, resorts like mine in Aspen and many nonprofit groups over the state’s environmental policies.

This may be a surprising story. It begins with a working group trying to save the last native bighorn sheep of Teton Range. Last fall it reached agreement after years of effort.

In the groundbreaking 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Sidney Poitier’s character, a Black intellectual and physician named John Prentice, tells his future father-in-law, portrayed by Spencer Tracy, that his fiancee, Joanna, whom he met during her vacation in Hawaii, “feels that all…

This is not the spring of 2020. I no longer receive daily emails warning how low my hospital is on personal protective equipment. We have enough PPE that we can discard items as intended. And I am less afraid that I will die of COVID-19 or bring it home to my three young kids. We now have mo…

Ouch — there we go again. Another needle into another arm, for all to see on millions of TV screens coast to coast. Over the past year, and despite the sheer victory that scene represents — the triumph of those vaccines, developed in record time, distributed free of charge and remarkably eff…

Grave may have been the mistakes of Donald Rumsfeld, but George W. Bush’s first defense secretary did have a gift for memorable phrases. One of them — “weakness is provocative” — explains the predicament we again find ourselves in with Russia’s belligerence against Ukraine and NATO. Let’s re…

Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s governor-elect, campaigned as a practical, no-nonsense business executive. But on at least one crucial set of issues — energy and the environment — the Republican is preparing to govern in a manner far out of step with the moderate state he will soon lead.

Sometime after 3 a.m. last Tuesday, as an epic 48-mile winter traffic jam on Interstate 95 in Virginia dragged on, a long-haul trucker from Canada heard a knock at the door of his cab. It was one of the hundreds of other motorists stuck in subfreezing temperatures with no food or water.

Antonio Brown tossed his jersey and shoulder pads toward the bench, threw his glove and undershirt into the stands and ran off the field bare-chested, waving a peace-out sign to fans in the end zone while Tom Brady huddled the offense for an important play. Following his strange outburst Jan…

The same week they returned to class from winter break, students in Chicago Public Schools were back at home, caught in yet another dispute between the nation’s third-largest district and its teachers union.

On Tuesday, 73% of Chicago teachers voted to compel their school district to ditch classroom instruction in favor of remote learning because of COVID-19. So, it’s official: Some urban public school districts are employment programs first and institutions of learning secondarily.

The current omicron surge represents one of the greatest public health challenges not only of the pandemic but also of our lifetime. To deal with the surge over the next six to eight weeks, policymakers need to plan for the impact of what could be 1 million cases a day of new infections in the U.S.

In December, four days after a significant exposure to COVID-19, I developed a mild cough, runny nose and just felt crummy. I’m double vaccinated and boosted but was worried that I had a breakthrough infection. I isolated in the bedroom, needing a reliable test with quick results.

These past few years have been challenging, hard and, with the influx of the omicron variant this Christmas season, seemingly never-ending. It’s been nearly two years since we began what was to have been a two-week pause to stop COVID-19. Since then, we’ve endured lockdowns, masking, sicknes…

My favorite pick-me-up of 2021 arrived last January with the release of Harry Styles’s retro music video called “Treat People With Kindness.” Naturally, some critics refused: “infuriating “ and “virtue-signaling,” they called it. The idea of offering people second chances was not the melody …

Most children learn that, while a few pieces of candy is a treat, eating a whole bag can be misery. Most adults understand that taking a multivitamin every day may be good for your health, but taking two or three or four is a waste. In much of life, restraint is a virtue.

Over the past few weeks, people have been lining up in Times Square for two things: COVID-19 tests and a chance to write their hopes for next year on small sheets of paper for a “Wishing Wall.” Both are attempts to quell uncertainty, if only temporarily.

We were seated behind home plate on a spring day 12 years ago, watching California’s Monterey High School play. I didn’t know a single kid on the field and the baseball game was hardly memorable — yet it was enormously entertaining, thanks to the private, nonstop commentary from the jovial h…

As a history professor specializing in the Middle East and Islam, I always start my lessons on Afghanistan the same way. I ask my students: What is the longest foreign war in U.S. history? Their guesses include the war in Vietnam, World War II, even, inexplicably, the American Civil War — bu…

Recently, the 36-member bipartisan commission convened by President Biden to study potential changes to the Supreme Court released its report. We are both former federal judges, and we served on the commission. In our view, most of the proposed reforms discussed in the commission’s report — …

Blaming the unvaccinated is the sharpest tool in President Biden’s shed, and that is not healthy for America.

The Federal Reserve’s recognition that current inflation is not transitory, that the U.S. labor market is very tight and that priority now must be given to price stability is welcome, if belated. Without this pivot, entrenched inflation followed by a recession would be likely.

Political suicide is painful to watch. That’s especially true right now with Democrats apparently intent on losing to a craven Republican Party trying to systematically undermine American democracy. President Biden has had to punt both his “Build Back Better” package and an election reform b…

The U.S. government, over the past few weeks, has made three important decisions on vaccines without consulting independent panels of experts. On Nov. 19, the Food and Drug Administration authorized boosters for all adults — regardless of their job or any underlying health conditions. On Nov…

Before vaccines arrived, the best public health strategy against COVID-19 was to throw everything we had at the virus — masking, distancing, hand-washing, cleaning, ventilation, distancing. That was the 2020 playbook, in which no one strategy in and of itself was sufficient. But the game has…

Nearly a decade ago, when my wife and I first reached a station in life that allowed us to consider giving an annual sum to charity, I stumbled into an unexpected intellectual rabbit hole — the complicated ethics and moral philosophy surrounding the act of giving away one’s money.