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MEGAN MCARDLE: Hillary Clinton’s late start won’t stop punches

So Hillary Clinton is thinking about delaying the start of her presidential campaignuntil the summer, according to Politico’s Mike Allen. As a strategic move, this makes sense to me: Why spend money and time getting a head start in a race where she has no credible opponent? All this could possibly do is give her time to make gaffes and give her opponents insights they could use to get a jumpon their campaigns against her.

It’s time to pass the Lee Balanced Budget Amendment

With the president’s recent lawlessness on executive amnesty and GOP efforts to beat it back, it’s easy to forget that just three and a half years ago, we were on the cusp of a grand bargain. President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner would tackle a range of ever-present fiscal crises, everyone would make tough concessions, and the nation would be on sound fiscal footing for a generation.

Super Bowl, super snacks

Well folks, it’s that time of year. Friends with the largest TVs are called upon and living rooms are packed as the 49th annual Super Bowl dominates prime time television Sunday night.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Introductions are in order

Over the last few weeks I have talked about the various events that have taken place during the first few weeks of the 84th Legislative Session, which began on Jan. 13, 2015. Not only are legislators preparing their legislative agendas, they are also busy organizing their offices and hiring staff.

The psychology of why sports fans see their teams as extensions of themselves

Two weeks ago, a man who earns his living by chasing other men in pursuit of a leather prolate spheroid handed a team staffer a football that felt soft. The staffer reported this unusual occurrence to his supervisor, who reported it to his supervisor, who reported it to his supervisor, and then all hell broke loose. Ever since, the nation has been held in thrall to the spectacle of sports fans debating the ideal gas law .

Reminiscent: Escape from snow

Listening to the news reports of the recent Nor’easter that dumped nearly 30 inches of snow on Boston made me glad I live in Texas. The weather event also made me roll back in time to February of 1979. I was living in south central Pennsylvania and teaching biology at a small woman’s college. The month started out on a positive note as my contract was extended for another two years. So I had put away my resume and stopped looking at the help wanted ads in scientific journals. My main focus was dealing with classes and the snow that just kept piling up.

STOP SIGNS ARE FOREVER: Vestige of an embargone era

If you’re not familiar with names like Yasiel Puig, Jose Fernandez, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Abreu, it’s safe to say you’re not much of a baseball fan. Each of those 20-somethings is arguably the best professional baseball player on the Dodgers, Marlins, Reds and White Sox, respectively, and each was born in the communist nation of Cuba.

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ANNE MICHAUD: The terrible downside of helicopter parenting

The story about a brother and sister, ages 10 and 6, who were stopped by police on their walk home from a park in suburban Maryland raises doubts about how much protection modern-day kids need. The children had permission from their parents to walk the 1 mile home. But Maryland local police insisted on giving them a ride and obviously perceived the terrain as dangerous.

Auschwitz is a sacred place of Jewish memory. It’s no place for a Catholic church.

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz, the notorious death camp in Poland at which 1.1 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. With each passing year, fewer survivors remain. The time is not far off when there will be no living witnesses to share their part in this story, to say: Yes, this happened, and this is how. We cannot allow evidence of the atrocities of the Holocaust to be co-opted by other groups for other purposes.


When I was a kid my dad took me all over the place to go fishing. We would go fishing in ponds or lakes. Sometimes we would go fishing in a stream. Once, we even went deep-sea fishing while we were on a trip to Florida. It was great fun and I learned a few things along the way. One of those things was how much a fish could grow the further away you got from where and when it was caught. Over time they got bigger and bigger with each telling. Then again, who doesn’t appreciate a good story that’s told well, especially about a fish?

What our past really tells us

For the past few months, my father has been researching our family line as far back as we could find. As something of a student of history, I’ve always been curious about the past, and where my family came from. You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going, as they say.

NOAH FELDMAN: 3 lessons in Islamic State’s retreat

Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish forces say that, with the help of three months of U.S. airstrikes, they’ve retaken the town of Kobani on the Syria-Turkey border from Islamic State. This success doesn’t change the basic strategic calculus of the war on the insurgent group: The fight for Kobani was always more about symbolism than military advantage. But the victory, if you can call it that, carries three lessons about how the conflict with Islamic State is going — and how it can and cannot be affected by the use of force.

The Kochs buy into 2016

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from their announcement that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs — they’re assembling a kind of plutocrat Politburo, a group of billionaires and zillionaires who will contribute — but with a combined worth of over $80 billion, they’ll surely be the ones opening their wallets the widest and determining the strategy and the agenda.