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Stopping the IRS from doing that again

Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of the IRS exempt-organizations division, directed the suppression of conservative advocacy groups by delaying and denying them the tax exempt status that was swiftly given to comparable liberal groups.

Boehner’s sorry spectacle

House Speaker John Boehner needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Research and the energy future

We need energy. All the greenhouse gas gushing, climate change and atmospheric politics notwithstanding, we need energy. We need energy for light, warmth and sustenance. We need energy to drive industry, to create wealth, to build, to protect, to push our economy higher, to lift nations from poverty. We need energy so we all might find some measure of comfort and security.

Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.

We want a primary, too

We here in Washington have felt left out. Every four years those other states are crawling with presidential candidates. They want votes in that state’s primary election, used to select delegates to their party’s national convention and so choose the party nominee.

Community means everyone

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Upper Valley Mend annual volunteer recognition function in Leavenworth. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of community.

Looking beyond the RN

With an increasingly diverse population and the rise of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, which now affect almost half of all Americans, care is more complex in every setting — hospitals, home, skilled-nursing facilities, ambulatory care, and clinics. And that complexity calls for new roles for nurses.

Reversing course in Illinois

CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

Natural space, for learning

For those of us who have grown up with a lifelong love of the outdoors, it might seem unimaginable that some of Wenatchee’s children don’t feel like our landscape is relevant to them. The outdoor classroom was as important to my academic development as to the development of my character and sense of belonging in the world. The experiences I had on many river trips, hiking and outdoor adventures throughout my life fueled my passion to pursue education and a career path that would allow me to provide these kinds ...

Fight climate change — vote

Human-caused global warming is a fact that can no longer be credibly denied. But while the need to find solutions is urgent, our political system is having a maddeningly hard time getting around to meaningfully addressing it.

The GOP’s self-deception

Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.

Abolish the filibuster

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.