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Is John le Carré the greatest living writer?

Le Carré spotlights the Cold War, and by extension the US role — and principles — that were part of it. By Alex Beam

Mayor Marty Walsh


Walsh’s weaselly defense of O’Brien

How would Marty Walsh feel if he spent months campaigning for Boston mayor, but didn’t get the job because voting machines were rigged?


Stronger sanctions are needed to stop Putin

The coordinated list of tougher financial, military, and energy responses announced by the US and European Union is a potential turning point.

Janay Rice listens as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during news conference in Maryland in May.


NFL goes way too easy on Ray Rice

The National Football League made one thing shockingly clear with its feeble suspension of Rice: Domestic violence is literally half as important as substance abuse.


Last tasks for the Legislature

As the Legislature completes its current session, several topics merit lawmakers’ consideration.

Editorial cartoon: The Sarah Palin show

Syndicated editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman takes a look at recent news.