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That GOP 'tax scam' is putting money in millions of workers' pockets

January 17, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

IT HAS BEEN nearly a month since Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most sweeping overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s. Of the 185-page bill's many provisions, perhaps the most consequential is a reduction in the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Among the tax bill's leading opponents was Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who was scathing in her denunciation of what she called the "GOP Tax Scam." Shortly before the final vote, she delivered a blistering speech on the Senate floor.

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Oprah for president — or for queen?

January 14, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

OPRAH WINFREY'S SPEECH at the Golden Globes last Sunday set off a gusher of giddy speculation that the much-loved TV host could be a Democratic contender for president in 2020, and if the idea of electing to the White House a celebrity billionaire with no political experience or public-policy expertise might have seemed like crazy talk not all that long ago — well, after the 2016 election cycle, who would be so foolhardy as to rule out Oprah's chances?

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As a matter of fact, minimum wage laws hurt the poor

January 10, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

NO ONE LIKES to admit having been wrong. It's especially tough for members of the pundit class, whose job amounts to telling people what to think. So when National Review's critic-at-large Kyle Smith last week published a piece with the headline "We Were Wrong About Stop-and-Frisk," people noticed.

Smith and National Review are conservative. Like many conservatives, they had predicted that if New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fulfilled his campaign pledge to end stop-and-frisk — the police practice of stopping, questioning, and patting down people for weapons merely because they seemed suspicious — crime in the city would go up. But that's not what happened.

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Taiwan isn't China, and Taiwanese aren't Chinese

January 7, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

THERE IS a moment in "1776," the acclaimed musical about the American founding, in which Benjamin Franklin explains to the Second Continental Congress why he can no longer think of himself as an Englishman. He is aggrieved that the colonists are being denied the full rights of English citizens, but that isn't the whole of it.

"We've spawned a new race here — rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising, less refined," Franklin says. "We're a new nationality. We require a new nation."

I thought of that scene as I was having dinner recently with three students in Taipei.

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'Path of Totality'
From '2017 Words of the Year'

December 31, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

[Boston Globe opinion writers were asked to comment on a notable term from 2017. My reflection on "path of totality" appears below. To read my colleagues' thoughts on "Weinstein effect," "bump stock," and more, please click here.]

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IT WAS the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to cross any part of the continental United States, and the first in 99 years to traverse the country from sea to shining — well, maybe not shining — sea. Not until 2045 will there be another Great American Eclipse like the one we experienced on Aug. 21, when the moon's shadow blocked out the sun, generating a path of totality from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic.

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