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How ‘Crazy’ Are the North Koreans?

Washington — AS someone who has spent most of the past 25 years of his professional life in the United States government, think tanks and academia trying to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons program, I found last week’s nuclear test and the events that followed depressingly familiar. They …

A Placebo Treatment for Pain

THE crisis of painkiller addiction is becoming increasingly personal: Sixteen percent of Americans know someone who has died from a prescription painkiller overdose, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey; 9 percent have seen a family member or close friend die.<p>Addictive opioid …

Scientists, Give Up Your Emails

IN recent months, the Obama administration has been locked in a battle with Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, who disputes the scientific consensus on climate change.<p>After the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Obama Administration

When Can Women Stop Trying to Look Perfect?

AS a lifelong devotee of fashion and tabloid magazines, I’ve read dozens of “Beautiful/Sexy at Any Age” features. You’ve probably seen these spreads, showcasing a bevy of lovely women whose faces, fashions, exercise routines and skin-care regimens are laid out to encourage imitation. For years, …

It’s Payback Time for Women

A COUNTRY that gives every citizen enough cash to live on whether she needs it or not: It’s got to be either a fool’s paradise or a profligate Northern European nation. And lo, in November, the Finnish government proposed paying every adult 800 euros or about $870 a month. Fits of this seemingly …

Income Inequality

Why the Post Office Makes America Great

I WAS transported recently to a place that is as enchanting to me as any winter wonderland: my local post office.<p>In line, I thought fondly of the year I came to this country from Turkey as an adult and discovered the magic of reliable mail service. Dependable infrastructure is magical not simply …

The Dirty Truth About ‘Clean Diesel’

MONTREAL — AS scandals go, it was a juicy one. Volkswagen, one of the world’s highest grossing automakers, persuaded consumers it had created a new generation of so-called clean diesel cars — until investigators discovered that defeat devices, which activated emissions controls only when the cars …

Murder Isn’t Black or White

IT was the spring of 1991 — more than two decades before Ferguson, Mo., would become a national symbol of racism — when my parents took my siblings and me to visit their hometown, St. Louis. We spent the week hanging out with our cousins, with whom we were close. I was 16, too young to tag along …

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

STUART SLAVIN, a pediatrician and professor at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, knows something about the impact of stress. After uncovering alarming rates of anxiety and depression among his medical students, Dr. Slavin and his colleagues remade the program: implementing pass/fail …

Education

Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others ...’

Francis urges lawmakers to work together in a historic papal address.<p>Pope Francis stood before a bitterly divided Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”<p>Those "others," the pope made it clear to the chagrin of …