In the summer of 1980, Antony Blinken, then 18 and about to matriculate at Harvard, interned for the U.S. senator who brought to Congress the most mental bandwidth since Rep. James Madison. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., an empiricist in an arena — government — that often is inhospita…

There are 80 million displaced people in the world. It is 1 percent of all humanity. It’s almost exactly the equivalent of two Californias. It’s almost exactly the equivalent of Iran or Germany. Analogous numbers aside, this is a crisis, quite possibly {/span}the{span} crisis, of our time.{/span}

One of my favorite jokes involves an election in a mythical town in which there are 1,000 Christian voters and 250 Jewish voters. There is an election for mayor featuring a Christian candidate and a Jewish candidate, who get, respectively, 1,000 votes and 250 votes.

One feature of the past two or three decades is what economists call the polarization of labor markets. This is a fancy way of saying that we are seeing growth in high- and low-wage jobs, but a decline in middle-wage work. By any definition, the U.S. still has a large middle class, but three decades is a long time to be in decline, and there is no evidence that this trend is about to turn around.

We are now in the “Super Majority Era” of Indiana governance. While there have been 20 Democratic House and Senate super majorities, and 49 for Republicans over the past two centuries, never have these decks been stacked like they are today with both chambers so Republican that they can do b…

Many 21st-century Americans are impressed, and distressed, by the supposed power of late-20th-century technologies, especially the Internet and social media, to shape society, and them. Two 19th-century technologies stirred somewhat similar uneasiness: The railroad and the telegraph, which w…

Indiana will go down in history as the first state to play host to an NCAA men’s basketball tournament from beginning to end. From all indications, the event has been a huge success.

On Tuesday, a 21-year-old Georgia man walked into Big Woods Goods gun shop and purchased a 9mm handgun. Within a few hours, he had used it to kill eight people at three different locations in the Atlanta area and was apprehended on his way to Florida to continue his rampage. Six of the eight…

On Tuesday, a 21-year-old Georgia man walked into Big Woods Goods gun shop and purchased a 9mm handgun. Within a few hours, he had used it to kill eight people at three different locations in the Atlanta area and was apprehended on his way to Florida to continue his rampage. Six of the eight people killed were Asian-American women, who were employees at three massage spas.

On March 12, President Joe Biden signed into law another stimulus bill to address the enormous damage done to our economy through COVID-19. There are principled arguments for and against most details of the $1.9 trillion bill. I feel Congress could’ve passed a much smaller bill, maybe half the size, and put in place an automatic second payment should the economy remain at risk through mid-summer. I’d have liked to see fewer regulations tied to spending and I’d have directed a greater share of money to poorer households, among many other concerns.

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Obituaries

Jones, William C. ‘Bill,’ 84, of Auburn, services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. Seventh St., Auburn, with the Rev. Dr. James Farrer officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Ever Rest Memorial Park in Logansport. Visitation wil…

Jones, William C. ‘Bill,’ 84, of Auburn, services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. Seventh St., Auburn, with the Rev. Dr. James Farrer officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Ever Rest Memorial Park in Logansport. Visitation wil…