Monthly Archives: November 2014

“We have probably 160 lawyers”: HBO readies documentary on Church of Scientology

The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International is seen in Hollywood April 8, 2006. REUTERS/Phil McCarten(Credit: © Phil Mccarten / Reuters)   Lawrence Wright’s book “Going Clear” is being turned into a documentary for HBO In HBO is planning to release a documentary on the Church of Scientology, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s […]

The crazy-making in Christianity: Religion’s cycle of self-doubt and self-punishment

Christians like to talk about the benefits of faith. But what if the exact opposite is true?   Excerpted from “Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails” I am thirty years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp), and different churches in […]

Robert Reich: College gets you nowhere

The former secretary of labor examines why a degree no longer guarantees a well-playing job   This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification. I’ll come […]

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park

  What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive. In 30 years, there […]

Drug Overdose: The Real American Epidemic

Recently, there has been much talk of various “epidemics” in America. The three most commonly mentioned are suicide, gun violence, and drug overdose. A close examination of the data, however, reveals two surprises: First, one of them is not actually an epidemic. Second, one of them is a much bigger epidemic than most people realize. […]

Secrets of Obama’s evolution: The inside story of how the president backed gay marriage

Excerpted from “Winning Marriage” One of the biggest challenges we were up against in getting the president to move was the conventional wisdom that coming out in support was still politically perilous. For some time now, national polls were showing support for the freedom to marry at greater than 50 percent. Yet shifting the conventional […]

Learning from my 2014 mistakes: A year of reckoning for Democrats

No, red state women didn’t save the party. But Ebola was a phony GOP-made crisis and Dems shouldn’t have cowered   Thanksgiving is a great time for writers to reckon with whatever we got wrong over the year – and to be grateful that in this day and age we get to write every day, […]

Why Voters Love Common Core

The Common Core education standards are catching on with parents and teachers. Why? Because they work. There is a lesson in every election, and the results from this month’s midterms were rife with many for both parties. But one of the most striking was the clear message voters sent about education standards: don’t abandon them. […]

Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 is the perfect way to make millennials hate politics even more

Nothing points to the future like two politicians whose families have been involved in politics for decades This was not a banner year for youth voter participation. To be fair, off-year elections never are, but this year’s mere 12 percent participation rate of voters under 30 is about more than midterm ennui. Rather, it’s part […]