The mindset behind a nonsensical approach to politics
A faction that faces doubts about its ability to govern responsibly has foolishly associated itself with default and government shutdown.
What gives us the right to spy on innocents anywhere abroad without any constraints?
Instead of rewarding smart political strategy or policy substance, right-wing outlets celebrate those who are merely in a state of conflict with Democrats or liberals.
They haven't chosen the wrong hill from which to fight, but the wrong valley.
Even though the people being spied on are often totally innocent, the government stores their information for a very long time.
Don't you want your Supreme Court justices to be a bit more unflappable than that?
Cynical leaders use flag-waving as a way to manipulate.
A seeming contradiction in the country's attitudes toward privacy.
So long as narcotics are illegal, they will be sold on the black market. Better that it happens on the Web than on the street.
What was expected of East Germans, in one handy list
Reflections on a city where my grandfather served and my mother visited.
A resident of the city explains his changing attitudes toward the United States.
Behold a seaman straddling a torpedo like a bull.
Asking delicate questions in Berlin, the capital of personal data protection
It's important to fully air our disagreements in civic debate -- and to maintain spheres that are free from its controversies.
On the fake moderation of a president who talks a good game but doesn't follow through
The New York Times on Vladamir Putin, Barack Obama, and the Syria debate.
Some kinds of foreign spying are more legitimate than others.
The government won't even let businesses disclose that it has made data requests. Here's a way around one of the intelligence community's most depraved practices.