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James M. Larkin

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Hired Guns

A mercenary is a mercenary, whether or not we call him a contractor. And the trade of the firm once

Pep Poise

So the Girl Talk pep rally ended in ignominy. Audience members were shoved and crushed to the point of bruising,

More Dirt

Something’s rotten in the neighborhood of Roxbury. And the city of Detroit. And the state of Alaska. Corruption charges and

The Measure of a Man

It comes perhaps as no surprise that Americans appreciate above all things the need for a stout, bright heart in

Worth Watching

Democrats are fed up. They’ve now been given several manufactured, make-or-break Tuesdays, and yet the primary churns on. Now things

Locking the Gates

Monday, I tried to tell a high school junior on a college tour what life is like at Harvard. He

A Tainted Legacy

In an unsettling return to the Reagan Era—still the cause of some mourning in America—viewers of major news programs were

Finding ‘Freedom’

Along with what is fast becoming an irredeemably bleak legacy, the Bush administration will leave behind a lexicon that even

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In Defense of Pig Farmers

Today, droves of urbane politicos and journalists will check out of the Des Moines Ramada with their business settled, and

For Thirty Pieces of Silver

Rock on, James Dobson. Sorry for ever doubting you. It may be time for America to give the good Christian

Militarizing Meritocracy

Harvard has, in recent years, tumbled from the lofty climes of dynasticism to rude meritocracy. Apparently, whoever slaves over each

Lachrymose at Lamont

Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and renowned expert on eternal suffering, once observed: “Hell is a place, a

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Imus’s Accomplice

When Ann Coulter referred to Muslim expatriates as “poor little Pakis,” the salivating watchdogs at Media Matters bit, but most

School at School
Columns

What We Forget About School: School

Head of the Charles
Men's Crew

Head of the Charles 2014

CS50 in Mather
Columns

CS50 and the Humanities

Closing Ceremony
Columns

Ignore Congress. Close Gitmo.