Scott A. Lawrence

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Is Hillsdale College Gaining the World and Losing Its Soul?

An institution devoted to “pursuing truth” forges ever-closer ties to a president who constantly lies.<p>Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 by Christian abolitionists who refused to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or nationality. Today the small liberal arts school in Michigan boasts a …

Donald Trump

Microsoft exec: We stopped Russia from hacking 3 congressional campaigns

Fake Microsoft domain was tied to attacks this year against congressional campaigns.<p>In a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute's Security Summit …

Cybersecurity

White College Graduates Are Doing Great With Their Parents' Money

Higher education alone can't bridge the wealth gap that separates black Americans from their white peers.<p>The numbers are staggering: White Americans with a college degree are on average three times as wealthy as black Americans with the same credential, and in families whose head of the household …

College & University

Opinion: It’s long past time for Apple to fix its three biggest iCloud problems

My colleague Bradley Chambers recently wrote that his single biggest disappointment with WWDC was that Apple made no move to announce an upgrade to the 5GB free iCloud tier.<p>One of our readers, Sahil Malik, made a wry comment on the $6,699 maximum cost of the new MacBook Pro:<p>I hope it still includes …

MacBook Pro

“No Way to Run a Superpower”: The Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy

In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there’s been an understandable frenzy over President Trump’s post-summit press conference, given that he sided with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, over his own intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia’s 2016 election interference, …

Russia

Balding Out

I am leaving China. After nine years working for the HSBC Business School of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School as a professor teaching …

Human Rights

Never Trumpers Will Want to Read This History Lesson

In the 1850s, disaffected Democrats made the wrenching choice to leave their party to save American democracy. Here’s what happened.<p>“I was educated a Democrat from my boyhood,” a Republican delegate confided to his colleagues at Iowa’s constitutional convention in 1857. “Faithfully, I did adhere to …

Democratic Party

The Great Russian Disinformation Campaign

In a new book, Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized information warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the United States.<p>When Westerners first began to hear of Vladimir Putin’s troll army—now some five years ago—the project sounded absurd. President Obama …

Supreme Court deals a blow to Apple Pay

The Supreme Court handed down a number of high-profile rulings this week. One that didn’t get much attention will have a negative effect on Apple Pay.<p>The SCOTUS decided that retail store owners who accept American Express can not suggest to customers who bring out this card that they use another …

Apple and Samsung settle seven-year long patent fight over copying the iPhone

Apple and Samsung have finally put an end to their long-running patent battle whose central question was whether Samsung copied the iPhone. In a court filing today, Judge Lucy Koh said the two companies had informed her that they had reached a settlement. Terms of the settlement were not …

The Supreme Court’s Green Light to Discriminate

By upholding President Trump’s travel ban, the justices have sent the message that the administration is free to turn prejudice into public policy.<p>For years, Chief Justice John Roberts has been concerned with the question of prejudice. But it’s not bigotry toward his fellow Americans that has …

Right To Vote

The Supreme Court joins congressional Republicans in refusing to see Trump as he is

The five conservative Supreme Court justices who ruled for the government in <i>Trump v. Hawaii</i> — the travel ban case — cited many precedents for their decision. But their real inspiration was what we might call the “see no evil” doctrine — the same one so beloved of Republican members of Congress. All …

Donald Trump

Juan Williams: My immigrant story

Raffi, my youngest child, wore his grandfather’s watch on his wedding day.<p>The classic with a sepia-toned dial symbolized the idea that, even as time …

Immigration

Preparing for Political Violence

Senator Jeff Merkley planned to visit a federal immigration detention center for children in Brownsville, Texas last week. Children of …

Enforce the Border—Humanely

Countering Trump’s extremism with still more extremism will do no good for any principle of freedom.<p>From Laura Bush to Rosalyn Carter, from elected representatives to past high government officials, outrage is the mood of the moment, perhaps more than at any time since the immediate aftermath of …

Immigration

Suffer the Children

In these years of our discontent there is no shortage of outrage. If you are a Trump supporter, these are your salad days in which the outrages of …

I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I 'speak English' to her

I felt her staring at me on the playground as I called out to my daughter.<p>She must be someone’s grandmother, I thought. She must be curious, as people often are.<p>Then she took one step toward me — pink fingernails, dark blond hair — and opened her mouth, e-nun-ci-a-ting each word.<p>“Speak English,” …

Language

Why does Trump hate Jeff Bezos: is it about power or money?

Trump doesn’t know what to do with someone who won’t play and it would be a grave mistake for Bezos to engage Michael D'Antonio<p>If Trump owned a newspaper, it would be called The Daily Trump and he would have a front-page column Michael D'Antonio<p>Nestled between the embassy of Myanmar and the …

Donald Trump

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

Trump pardons Jack Johnson, pillories NFL players, a familiar pattern for dealing with America’s black heroes

<i>About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Sign up for the newsletter.</i><p>Last week President Trump pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, whose 1913 conviction by an all-white jury under the Mann Act was widely considered …

Jack Johnson

Maryland researchers say they discovered 'Holy Grail' of machine learning

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>POTOMAC, Md. — A team of researchers from Maryland say they’ve invented a general artificial intelligence way for machines to …

This hidden Apple Watch stat tells you whether to exercise or rest

Imagine if your Apple Watch could tell you which days were best for you to do a workout, and what kind of workout you should do. Well it can, sort of, thanks to a hidden feature that few people have yet discovered or know how to use.<p>Heart rate variability, or HRV, is a new metric that reveals your …

Trump appeasement fails, so Trudeau takes the gloves off

After more than a year of trying to make nice, Justin Trudeau finally looks fed up with Donald Trump.<p>Canada had pushed for an exemption from Trump's tariffs -- thinking, now naively, there'd be a perk to being a neighbor, ally and largest buyer of U.S. goods. Trudeau had bitten his tongue through …

This Factory Was Ready to Expand. Then Came the Trump Trade Wars.

WASHINGTON — Andy Marsh’s New York factory is trapped in the Trump trade wars.<p>As Mr. Trump threatens tariffs on America’s economic allies and its adversaries, many of the domestic businesses that the president says his policies are meant to protect are finding themselves victims of his aggressive …

The Tyranny of False Civility

Congressional Republicans last week voted to free auto dealers to charge higher interest to black and Hispanic borrowers. When Congresswoman Maxine …

The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It

“Under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.”<p><i>“Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it,”</i> the great French philosopher and activist …

Totalitarianism

It's Time for Police to Start Snitching

Communities of color are actually disproportionately likely to report crimes—it’s police themselves who have maintained a corrosive culture of silence.<p>A 911 caller living in a nonwhite neighborhood snitches.<p>A man wearing a black hoodie “busted both my truck windows out,” the caller reported on …

Justice

Trump is no longer the worst person in government

Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public …

Donald Trump

The Privilege of Checking White Privilege

When students are compelled to have “White Privilege 101” classes, we have every right to ask: Why, and for whose benefit?<p>If you’ve been white …

The CIA Needs an Independent Thinker—Not Gina Haspel

Her torture-ridden track record suggests a history of poor judgment.<p>Forty-five years ago this month, in the wake of the Watergate break-ins involving former CIA personnel, the agency produced a report known as the “family jewels.” It contained the CIA’s accounting of incidents that it had engaged …

Gina Haspel