Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Why Trump should get his space force

Why Trump should get his space force

Illustration by Leonard Beard

Forget Ewoks and X-wing fighter pilots. This is all about satellites — jamming them, fooling them with lasers, and blasting them to bits.

Ideas | Kelly Kasulis

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Before successfully colonizing Mars, earthlings will need a recipe for Martian dirt.

Editorial Board Endorsement

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She has led an efficient office that’s always ready to do battle against institutional bullies on behalf of the powerless and the underprivileged.

Ideas | Jonathan Gienapp

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Today, our courts try to divine the original intentions of the Constitution. But the men who wrote it saw it as an unfinished, amorphous system.

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

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Archbishop Oscar Romero combined unique moral authority with a fierce determination to use it as a weapon of peace.

JEFF JACOBY

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Any regime that imprisons, tortures, or kills people because of their opinions is by definition an enemy of the free world — our enemy.

Michael A. Cohen

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The president is openly using fascist and authoritarian language to divide Americans.

Editorial

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Yes, motorized bikes and scooters need to be regulated, but not to the point of discouraging their use.

Editorial

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_stormflooding_metro118.jpg Boston’s bill for climate change is coming due

We all benefit from the wonders of Boston’s shoreline, and we all must share the burden of keeping the city and its people safe.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

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Signs of civilizational catastrophe are already all around us.

Opinion | Christopher Weyant

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After Elizabeth Warren’s recent DNA test, Donald Trump found time for his own.

Opinion | Alan Berger

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The suspected killing of Jamal Khashoggi ought to alert US policy makers to the folly of harnessing Mideast policy to the whims of a prince deluded by hubris.

Brainiac

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A collection of unusual insights from the social sciences.

Brainiac

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A review found that the government had recalled only 48 percent of the offending supplements.

Brainiac

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You can only listen to so many good-mornings and how-are-yous, right? Well, now there’s a way to shut it all out.

Brainiac

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Many Native American tribes are deeply wary of reconstructing the past via DNA sequencing.

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Editorial

Let Boston try e-bikes and scooters

Yes, motorized bikes and scooters need to be regulated, but not to the point of discouraging their use.

Letters

Variable-fare system would be a move in wrong direction for MBTA

“The T is considering basing fares on both distance and time-of-day travel. My response: Please don’t.”

Letters

MBTA’s pricing scheme should solve problems, not create them

“The MBTA certainly needs more revenue, but it shouldn’t try to hurt low-income riders and overall ridership to get it.”

Letters

Yes, let’s hear from our pop stars — it’s only our democracy that’s at stake

“Everyone with a voice should now be speaking out against the wholesale dismemberment of our republic.”

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Ideas | Kelly Kasulis

The high stakes in fake Martian soil

Before successfully colonizing Mars, earthlings will need a recipe for Martian dirt.

Ideas | Jonathan Gienapp

Originalism is the rage, but Constitution’s authors had something else in mind

Today, our courts try to divine the original intentions of the Constitution. But the men who wrote it saw it as an unfinished, amorphous system.

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