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India’s intellectual property failures demand Obama’s attention

On May 11, 2013, Indian President Pranab Mukherhee said "The future prosperity of India in the new knowledge economy will increasingly depend on its ability to generate new ideas, processes and solutions." He was right not just about India, but indeed about the whole world; we need strong incentives to innovate, invent, and create - and that must include meaningful legal protections for the products of invention and creation. Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, India has been moving sharply against protecting intellectual property rights, with serious repercussions for companies that want to invest in India and by implication for global innovation and ...

August 20, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let the Pantsuit Dance

It's time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston's pork pie hat after "Breaking Bad" ends its run? Okay, maybe that's No. 2. The big one is who's going to be the Democratic presidential candidate in November of 2016? Thirty-eight months and counting.

August 20, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech Turns 50

Mark your calendar for August 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

August 18, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Martha’s Big Adventure - A Nerd Girl’s Paradise

My big summer project has turned out to be redecorating my Chicago apartment. It all started because I told my landlord I was moving in order to gain a dishwasher and a vent above the stove. He countered with an offer to put both of them in and then some. That has created an interesting discussion among my friends about women and comic books that has been more disturbing than you might have thought possible.

August 18, 2013 | Martha Carr | Columnists


Sex, Lies and the Filner Headlock

SAN DIEGO -- This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its Mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.

August 16, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


On Rudeness and Miss Manners

"What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?"

August 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is a Wall Street Crash Coming to Public Schools?

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all over the country. Unless we hold reformers as accountable as they hold students, these scandals could bring down our public school system the same way Wall Street almost innovated our economy back into the Stone Age.

August 15, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Why I Sometimes Long for the Cold War

I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

August 15, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Chilling News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.

August 14, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding. Hey. Sometimes your friends are whoever lives on the farm next to you.

August 14, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Five Years Later, Obama Again Blames Bush

Anyone who has even bothered to read my columns over the last decade-plus knows I was never a huge fan of George W. Bush. I have always believed that the 43rd president was a decent man who tried to do the right thing but often failed, either because of bad advice or flawed ideology - or both. That said, Barack Obama has carried Bush bashing to a level that should astound all but the most hardened and cynical political observer.

August 11, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Betwixt and Between

Ownership changes at The Washington Post and Boston Globe have many people speculating anew about the future of newspapers. But whatever happens to these great publications probably won't mean much to you, me, or the paper that carries this column.

August 11, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Childless Couples: Do They Deserve To Live?

Whether you're arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the August 12 "Time" magazine: "The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children."

August 09, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Great Minds on Government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

August 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Marriage Is Alive and Well - for Some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.

August 08, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Sorry Donald, Substance Trumps Style

Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls is a solemn reminder that if we're not careful, another narcissistic good talker will be elected ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Defense of Stand Your Ground

What does it mean to stand your ground?

August 21, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Facebook Fatigue

I'm turning into my father.

August 20, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don't Sneer at Trump's Chances

Yeah, I hear what you're saying. "For all you political comics, Donald Trump must be a dream come true. Manna from heaven. Slam-dunking from ...

August 20, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Maybe we should elect a Muppet as president

God Bless America, and how's everybody?

August 19, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Hot & Cold: Air Conditioning's Mixed Blessing

Air conditioning was invented 110 years ago and, boy, has it changed the world - both for the good and not so good.

August 19, 2015 | | Columnists


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