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Past articles by Samuel:

6 tropical homes in Hawaii

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6 elegant homes in Vermont

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There's a fairer way to cancel college debt

A more constrained plan wouldn't address all the objections. For one thing, it's still expensive. According to the New York Fed, even the stingiest proposal would still cost $182 billion–more than double the annual budget for the Department of Education. Nor do a low forgiveness cap and means-testing answer questions about why student loans should be treated differently from other forms of debt.… → Read More

6 ideal homes for families with kids

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We can't keep playing hot potato with the southern border

A flood of immigrants will follow when Title 42 expires. Will Congress act? → Read More

Russia is hinting at peace. Here's why Ukraine shouldn't take it.

There's a moral reason for Ukraine to keep fighting → Read More

Ukraine's economic shock waves

How does this effect the global economy? → Read More

The electric-vehicle revolution

Battery-powered cars and trucks are selling briskly. Will they soon rule the road? → Read More

A train to nowhere

How much can a train cost? According to the latest projections from the California High Speed Rail Authority, the answer is over $100 billion. In a business plan released on Tuesday, the agency raised its estimate of the cost to build a 500-mile system connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. Including the new $5 billion increase, the total is now more than three times the initial budget of $33… → Read More

Barry Bonds doesn't need the Hall of Fame

The votes are in. The Boston Red Sox (and earlier Minnesota Twins) slugger David Ortiz is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. San Francisco Giants (and earlier Pittsburgh Pirates) star Barry Bonds is not. On paper, that makes little sense. Ortiz was a successful designated hitter who played a leading role in the reversal of fortune the historically second-rate Red Sox enjoyed in the 21st century. But… → Read More

Transparency is good, but it won't end the CRT debate

The next battle in the war on "critical race theory" is here. Bills recently introduced in Congress and several states would require public schools to make information about their curriculum and classroom practices available to the public. The proposals represent a shift in strategy by the anti-CRT movement. Although they rarely lived up to their billing as outright bans, earlier efforts to… → Read More

Anna Della Subin recommends 6 metaphysical books

The author picks books by Anne Carson, Thomas Merton, and more → Read More

Why did Joe Manchin go against his party?

Joe Manchin is out of step with his party, but it's the party that moved → Read More

If you want Americans to act like liberals, govern like a conservative

First, stabilize. Then, reform. → Read More

Charlie Baker and the end of moderate Republicanism

What do you do if you're a popular governor with a good chance to make history as the first in your state to win three consecutive four-year terms? If you're Charlie Baker (R) of Massachusetts, you retire. Although it contradicted some early indications, the announcement Wednesday was not altogether a surprise. A technocratic centrist of a vanishing breed, Baker polls better with Democrats than… → Read More

The false memory of an immaculate Ronald Reagan

Is Donald Trump a continuation of the postwar conservative movement — or its executioner? A year after his electoral defeat, scholars, journalists, and pundits continue to debate the former president's place in a lineage that extends back to Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and beyond. In a recent essay for The Atlantic, David Brooks makes the case that Trump broke the conservative mold.… → Read More

Sen. Patrick Leahy is right to retire. Other octogenarians in Congress should, too.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday announced he'll retire at the end of his term next year. Elected in 1974 in the wake of Watergate, he's the chamber's longest-serving Democrat, and, in most businesses, the retirement of an 81-year old after nearly five decades in his job would be big news. In politics, it's an increasingly rare exception. Amazingly, Leahy is only the fifth-oldest sitting… → Read More

The University of Austin has a good hook. Now for the hard part.

Much of the criticism of the new project by Bari Weiss, Niall Ferguson, and others is over the top. But there are reasons to be skeptical the reality can match the hype. → Read More

What We Lose When We Lose Thomas Jefferson

New York City takes down the author of the Declaration of Independence. → Read More

Biden's SCOTUS commission gives Democrats a rallying cry

Don't pack the Supreme Court. At least, that's what the expert commision appointed by President Biden said. Thursday night, the panel released "discussion materials" that amount to a preliminary version of its anticipated report. Although they endorsed some possible reforms, most commissioners concluded that increasing the number of justices to boost Democrats' influence risks the court's… → Read More