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Are jihadis "losers"?George Weigel

When I first visited Israel in 1988, my friend Professor Menahem Milson, a distinguished Arabist at Hebrew University who was Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's military aide during Sadat's historic visit ...

Working to stem the 'summer slide'Debbie Rambo

Last month I touched on some of the ways that we work to meet the increased needs of Massachusetts' children in the summer months. When the academic year ends, a staggering number of children -- nearly ...

Get out and talk to peopleRaymond Flynn

Despite the seemingly unlimited access to breaking news updates and non-stop photos people post of their daily lives on social media, the best way to get a true sense of what is going on in our community ...

Who speaks for Charlie Gard?Richard Doerflinger

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally ...

Catching upClark Booth

Off on the beach a couple weeks, stuff keeps happening on the relentless merry-go-round of contemporary sport. The games never sleep. No sense trying to catch up, let alone the need. But here are a couple ...

The cooler Cold WarGeorge Weigel

The claim that "the Cold War is over" and that the West needs a "new paradigm" for relations with Russia has become an antiphon in some conservative political circles -- not least conservative Christian ...

After Trinity Lutheran Russell Shaw

Will a preschool kids' playground turn out to be the path that leads to ending a historic form of discrimination against church-sponsored schools in America? For the moment, the best answer to that question ...

A Mass confusionGreg Erlandson

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What's the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with a terrorist. Most ...

Awkward? Or wise?George Weigel

Asked to name books that gave me the greatest intellectual jolt in recent decades, I'd quickly cite two. N.T Wright's The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press) accepts every grand-slam ...

Making suicide routineRichard Doerflinger

You would not know it from the national secular news, but a lot is happening on the contentious issue of physician-assisted suicide. One remarkable fact is that no state has passed a law allowing the ...