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  • 7 million reasons not to repeal the ACAApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to ensure maximum stress and standing in line.

     
  • The SAT isn’t perfect, but it serves its purposeMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: They’re revising the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) again, and you know what that means. More weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. More complaints about the unfairness of life and of American society.

     
  • Defeating Dems, not the ACA, is the point of misleading adsMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Politically speaking, here’s the thing about those melodramatic ads attacking the Affordable Care Act currently running on TV: In terms of actual policy, they’re as futile as the 40-odd votes to repeal the law that House Republicans have already cast.

     
  • Big Brother is not retreating to 18th century Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Let’s cut to the chase: If Big Brother wants you, he’s got you, telephone metadata notwithstanding. This disconcerting fact of modern life has been true more or less since the invention of the camera, the microphone and the tape recorder.

     
  • America still has much to learn from Elizabeth Smart Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: If I had to describe Elizabeth Smart with a single adjective, that word would be “sane.” If allowed a second, I’d add “courageous.”

     
  • Snowden demonstrates double-think on importance of leaks Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Moscow has always been hard on idealists. So it’s no surprise to find the world-renowned civil libertarian Edward Snowden feeling shaky midway through his first Russian winter. In a televised Christmas message recorded by Britain’s Channel 4, Snowden waxed alternately as grandiose and apocalyptic as a Dostoevski character.

     
  • Picking fights over religion Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: “We have just enough religion to make us hate,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “but not enough to make us love one another.” A lifelong religious controversialist, the 18th-century Irish satirist definitely knew whereof he wrote. After all, it’s fewer than 20 years since Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland quit dynamiting each other’s gathering places.

     
  • Obama resilient in face of flagging poll numbers Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: For a guy whose presidency was supposed to be on life support, Barack Obama has certainly had a productive couple of weeks. With his poll numbers sinking toward George W. Bush territory — 53 percent in a recent CNN survey said he’s not a strong or decisive leader — Obama took bold action on two issues that dramatized the power of the presidency.

     
  • Fix the website and the ACA succeeds Nov 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Bad news for CLNN, the Chicken Little News Network — that is, just about all of them lately: In states which have set up their own Affordable Care Act marketplaces, enrollment is proceeding apace. Indeed, media melodrama about “Obama’s Katrina” and similar formulations appears paradoxically to have reminded people that dependable health insurance is at last available to them and their families.

     
  • Baseball isn’t dying — it’s thriving Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: For readers who skip the sports page, an update: There are no New York teams in the MLB playoffs this season. With no New York teams in the running, it follows that tout le monde has wearied of baseball. That’s a French phrase signifying “everybody who matters.” Not you, Pittsburgh. Oakland? Fuggedaboutit.

     
  • A win for diplomacy Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Before you make the mistake of taking President Obama’s most strident critics regarding the Syrian deal too seriously, ponder this: With few exceptions, those calling the Russian-American agreement to eliminate Bashar Assad’s nerve gas arsenal a capitulation, a sellout, and a shameful retreat also think bombing Damascus wouldn’t have been nearly enough

     
  • Examining our conversations about race Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: When people call for a national “conversation” about race, what they really have in mind is a lecture. Sometimes President Obama is among them. So at the expense of alienating critical race theorists, some heresy: If the president wants to understand why he heard car door locks clicking as he walked down the street, he should study those two appalling homicides in Duncan, Okla., and Spokane, Wash., that Fox News is beating the drums about.

     
  • Impeachment is the right’s new lost cause Sep 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Sometimes politics is like high-stakes poker. If you look around the table after a few hands and you can’t tell who’s the pigeon, citizen, chances are it’s you: the guy who plunked down $26.95 for a book called “Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office.”

     
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