Desperate GOP twists Obama phrase into political attack line

Former President Barack Obama embraced “Medicare for all” last week as he rallied Democrats for the midterm elections. Critics pounced, charging that this rhetorical flourish proved that he always meant to use Obamacare as a stalking horse for government-run health care.

Congress is taking steps to prevent opioid deaths — but more can be done

America is in the grip of a full-blown public health crisis. A staggering 72,000 people died last year from drug overdoses, most of them involving opioids. This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on legislation to address this loss of so many lives. The package is heartening and frustrating: heartening because it offers some positive steps, and frustrating because it doesn’t do more.

The college campus’s cult of fragility

WASHINGTON — The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to intellectual fads and political hysteria, partly because the institutions employ so many people whose talents, such as they are, are extraneous to the institutions’ core mission: scholarship.

The things we leave behind

Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster.