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Don’t Pay That Medical Bill

After heart surgery, a couple gets a $30,000 cardiologist’s invoice. Can others avoid the same fate?<p>When Susan Rosalsky was hired as an English instructor at SUNY Orange last year, she was elated. After several years of unemployment, she and her husband, Michael Trost, had been eating through their …

Health Care

‘School Choice on Steroids’

New state programs allow students to opt out of their local schools part time and instead take online classes—many of them run by for-profit providers.<p>Chatfield High School in Minnesota doesn’t offer sociology (or German or criminology, for that matter), but when senior Keagan Clarke, 18, finished …

Education

A Moment of Grace From Jimmy Carter

The 90-year-old former president’s discussion of his cancer is a reminder of why so many Americans once placed their faith in him.<p>The 1970s were overall a terrible and traumatic time, and Jimmy Carter was both their product and their victim. He was their product in that it took an unprecedented …

Ronald Reagan

Obama’s Letter to the Democrats Wavering on the Deal With Iran

The president told Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York that the U.S. will maintain all options, including military force, should Iran pursue nuclear weapons.<p><i>Updated on August 21 at 2:12 p.m. ET</i><p>President Obama, in a letter aimed at congressional Democrats wavering over supporting the nuclear deal …

South Asia

Amazon and the Realities of the “New Economy”

First up, an admission: like tens of millions of Americans, I am a member of Prime, Amazon.com’s program that charges ninety-nine dollars annually for unlimited shipping and other benefits. Originally, I used Barnes & Noble’s Web site for purchases of books and other media products. But when we had …

Private Sector

Planned Parenthood Means Fewer Abortions

One doesn’t have to be Mike Huckabee, the galactically insensitive former governor of Arkansas—who has compared the consequences of Roe v. Wade with the Holocaust—to believe that the United States would benefit from fewer abortions. Even Hillary Clinton, whose political views could not differ more …

Planned Parenthood

Activists come up with a plan to end police killings. Here it is.

Have a plan, she said. On Aug. 11, Democratic presidential hopeful<p>Hillary Rodham Clintonspoke privately with a group ofBlack Lives Matterprotesters who had tried to disrupt one of her campaign events in New Hampshire.<p>Clinton said raising awareness about inequality would not be enough -- there …

Climate Change

Does owning a gun make you safer?

The United States has the most heavily armed civilian population in the First World; our homes contain enough firearms for every man, woman and child.<p>Why do so many Americans own guns? The main reason, according to surveys, is protection. Advocates argue that guns in the home both deter crime …

When Parents Are the Ones Getting Schooled by the Common Core

Grownups are hitting the books and taking classes just so they can help their kids with their math homework.<p>“It feels like a dark time,” wrote the comedian Louis C.K. in a tweet last April. “I’m pissed,” he wrote in another, a few minutes later. C.K. was, indeed, very, very angry. And this time, it …

Education