How to fight climate change without Washington

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In terms of energy, Massachusetts was already planning for a Trump presidency way back in 2008.

Opinion | Daniel J. Levitin

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There’s a difference between lying — which is based on consideration of the facts — and a B.S. artist like Donald Trump, for whom facts are irrelevant.

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Richard North Patterson

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In 2016 Trump gave displaced Americans a vision; the Democrats never found one.

President George W. Bush conducted the US Marine Corps Band during the 2008 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.


White House press dinner an unseemly lovefest

The dinner highlights the too-cozy relationship between political and media elites that has badly undermined journalism’s most precious asset: its credibility.

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

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The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has its roots in promises made by the British 100 years ago.

Alex Beam

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Amazon’s virtual assistant shares some of her infinite wisdom.

Ideas | Martha Bayles

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If liberal democracy stops working, no one should expect the press alone to fix it.

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

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Neither sea creatures nor Canada will cause trouble for the United States. But Mexico may.

Renée Graham

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Kevin Costner’s key scene in “Hidden Figures” is phony — and a frequent device in Hollywood films.

Ideas | A.J.B. LANE

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Just in time for Alternative Presidents’ Day.

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From Globe Opinion


In a mental health system rife with ills, how can we expect colleges to fill gap?

“Secondary schools have been tasked with solving our nation’s economic and social problems. Stop the madness.” — Shirah Hecht


Delays in access to care are a sign of a widespread problem

“These wait times are the result of historic neglect of outpatient services by private and public insurers.” — Vic DiGravio


40 years ago, the challenge was getting students to seek help

“How wonderful that students are now more straightforward. How unfortunate that now they have to wait so long.” — Dr. Carola Eisenberg


Broad-based effort should foster peer support

“We can do much better at helping individuals develop resilience for themselves and willingness to ask for help when they need it.” — Eve Sullivan

From Globe Ideas

Uncommon Knowledge

Are good-looking people naturally more fickle?

Bias, good looks, and weight discrimination in this week’s Uncommon Knowledge.


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