Do as Donald Trump says, not as Ivanka Trump does

Workers in September on a production line at the Huajian shoe factory, where about 100,000 pairs of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes have been made.

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The president-elect is pledging to punish companies that take jobs overseas. His daughter’s company has already done that.


// Donald Trump’s mistaken microeconomics

The president-elect’s deal to save jobs at Carrier is short-sighted and potentially disastrous.

Stephen Kinzer

// China is a psychological problem

Never have Americans faced a foreign policy challenge as complex as the one China now poses.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

// Looking at the real James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

General Mattis will probably be President Trump’s secretary of defense. Take him both literally and seriously.

Opinion | Leila Philip

// Know your chickens — and your eggs

Ballot Question 3 requires that chickens in Massachusetts be “cage free.” But what does that mean?

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

// Restoring civic virtue in America

The most dire threat American society faces today is the collapse of civic virtue.

Alex Beam

// A matter of virtual life and death

On Nov. 17, writer Scott Eric Kaufman posted this message on Facebook: “I’m dead — well, not yet.”

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Think of what flag means to others before desecrating it

“Maybe they could all use some help from the men and women in the military and public service in explaining what the flag represents to them and why.” — David Mahoney


The American flag is a living thing

“The code states, ‘The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.’ ” — John Meinhold


There is no ‘should’ about flying the flag — that’s what the flag represents

“Hampshire can fly the flag or lower it, as its administrators choose. Without choice, there is no freedom.” — Bill Torcaso


Crackdown on flag burning won’t play so well abroad

“What will Trump and others say when those protests happen, as they certainly will, in places such as London or Toronto?” — Robert Abruzzo

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