COMMENTARY: Why I taught my 13-year-old daughter to shoot
A few years ago, I taught my 13-year-old daughter to shoot. She had asked to learn, so we took my brother's single-shot .22 rifle out in the woods, set a beer can against a stump and began plinking away.
COMMENTARY: To cut health care costs, pay doctors less
As Democrats and Republicans argue about how to spread the pain of health-care spending cuts, one group has been curiously excluded from the discussion: doctors. There's good reason to change that.
COMMENTARY: Raising federal revenue the Libertarian way
Reality-check time. By returning the same political alignment to Washington in the last election, the American people in effect decided that solving the country's budget problems will involve increasing revenue.
COMMENTARY: We waited years before having kids. Big mistake?
I'm wishing we had started popping out kids, oh, say, five years earlier than we did, so that maybe, by 40, my bedroom and my sons' bedroom wouldn't be separated by a fake wall.
COMMENTARY: In times of tight budgets, questions arise over what the Pentagon's Tricare Health-Care Program should cover
Who should pay for costly special treatment for autistic children in families of active and retired military service personnel?
COMMENTARY: Slate - The dark dangers of tunnel vision
The best magazine piece I've read this year is by Pamela Colloff, in Texas Monthly, about the murder conviction of Michael Morton and the 25 years he spent in a Texas prison as prosecutors insisted he'd killed his wife, despite the mounting proof that he hadn't.
COMMENTARY: Obama's sanctimony proves who the real Scrooge is
As right as Dickens. That's what President Barack Obama suggested about his tax plan when he recently used "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to frame his case for rate increases.
COMMENTARY: A good deal will raise tax rates, fix entitlements
Although it isn't yet time to panic about the fiscal cliff, negotiations so far aren't exactly going well. The Republicans are committing themselves to an unsustainable principle of no marginal tax-rate increases whatsoever.
COMMENTARY: Why China and the U.S. can be capitalist comrades
China's growth has slowed a bit this year, but the surge in vivid predictions about the country's future continues to amaze observers. This observer, at any rate.
COMMENTARY: Four traits make a great Secretary of State
The secretary of state sweepstakes is on. Who's it going to be? Susan Rice, John Kerry, Tom Donilon or some mystery candidate who will surprise us all?
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