JEFF JACOBY

When murder is punished with death, fewer criminals will murder

CREDIT: Marie Wilson/Chicago Daily Herald Jitka Vesel Victim of the Oak Brook murder.

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When the death penalty is on the books and consistently enforced, a significant number of homicides will be prevented.

Credit: Boston Police Department Authorities released a facial reconstruction of a boy, estimated to be 14 to 16 years old, who was one of two boys found dead on Eldon Street in Dorchester in 1988.

Editorial

Dig up two unmarked graves

It’s worth the difficulty and expense of exhuming two teenage boys found dead in Dorchester.

Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's roundtable meeting with the Republican Leadership Initiative in his offices at Trump Tower in New York, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Michael A. Cohen

Trump’s immigration con game

Donald Trump is changing his position on illegal immigration, but just give him a day before he has a new one.

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 17: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Michael A. Cohen

Where’s Clinton’s leadership on trade?

The Democratic presidential candidate is showing a lack of political courage on TPP.

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Editorial

Colleges get schooled on the value of grad-student workers

NLRB ruling rightly forces universities to start treating grad-student workers like employees.

Opinion | Michael R. Bloomberg and Drew Faust

Helping mayors do their job

A new program from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University will help mayors do one of the most complex jobs on the planet.

FILE - In this Aug. 4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing a burkini, a wetsuit-like garment that also covers the head, in Marseille, southern France. Burkinis vs. bikinis. Beneath the clash over how to dress, or undress, on the beaches of France simmers an issue that for decades has divided the nation, and grown more complex in this time of terrorism.(AP Photo, File)

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Burkinis don’t threaten our freedoms — laws that ban them do

France, the nation that gave us Brigitte Bardot and the bikini — is now policing beachwear.

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DANTE RAMOS

The hookers and the cornerback

The Harvard senior’s death was a cautionary tale to all who saw the city’s official adult entertainment district as a danger to decent Bostonians.

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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Obama’s break with private prisons doesn’t go far enough

If the Department of Justice can recognize the folly of private prisons, so can Homeland Security.

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GOP’s wounds are self-inflicted

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Time will tell what’s left of the right after Trump

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Forget the NBA — Auriemma is already at the top of his game

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