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Gray Matter

How to Become a ‘Superager’

Sudoku isn’t enough. You have to push yourself.


Can Russia Make Peace as Well as War?

Vladimir Putin may look like a master tactician now for his role in the Syrian truce, but issues that derailed past cease-fires remain unresolved. comment icon Comments


Confessions of a Columnist

How I overestimated the strength of both political parties. comment icon Comments


Lessons From the Media’s Failures in Its Year With Trump

In 2017 we need to focus on substance, not celebrity. comment icon Comments


A Month Without Sugar

I have done it and I recommend it. Cutting out all added sweeteners for 30 days can permanently and pleasantly improve eating habits. comment icon Comments

Maureen Dowd is off today.

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How Much Sugar Can You Avoid Today?

See if you can stay under a healthy limit.


Monuments Man

President Obama has had an impressive run of initiatives that assure him of a lofty perch in the environmental pantheon.


Chris Christie’s Book of Hubris

Booted from the Trump transition, the New Jersey governor is back home, dealing with problems he thought he had escaped.

Op-Ed Contributor

Istanbul: First Darkness, Then Terror

The New Year attack reinforces a sense that this nightmare is Turkey’s new reality.


Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Hollywood’s Mother-Daughter Fable

They were one of a kind, and yet they were all of us. comment icon Comments


Try a New Year’s Revolution

This year the notion of self-improvement feels especially seductive.

News Analysis

Feminism Lost. Now What?

“It’s amazing to me the lightning speed at which these issues have receded. The story is the total omission of women.” comment icon Comments


Is Donald Trump the Friend Israel Needs?

The president-elect has stepped into the middle of a Jewish culture war.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews burning leavened food before Passover near Tel Aviv.

Eternal Optimist Talking Points for 2017

There’s still a chance it’s a very long dream.


Nixon’s Vietnam Treachery

New evidence proves that Richard Nixon sabotaged peace talk plans in 1968, a move that may be worse than Watergate.


What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past?

Australians talk openly about painful history at public events. Americans might try the same.


What Nutmeg Can Tell Us About Nafta

The Spice Islands can teach us about the sins and virtues of globalization.


What a Sensory Isolation Tank Taught Me About My Brain

In a way, sensory deprivation hilariously underscored the primacy of my body. comment icon Comments

News Analysis

If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama

Obama has laid all the groundwork Trump needs for a crackdown on reporters. comment icon Comments

Statue of Annie Moore and her brothers on the quayside in Cobh, Ireland.

Two Irish Girls Who Made It to New York

Annie Moore was the first immigrant through Ellis Island. I followed a path from Ireland to New York a lot later.

The Stone

What Do We Know?

This past year was a reminder of how little any of us can anticipate.


Hipsters Broke My Gaydar

I can’t tell the difference between queers and hipsters any more, and that means I have to ask you, which will be uncomfortable for everyone.


Nuclear Power, Debated

Given concerns about global warming, should we promote greater use of nuclear energy?

The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County, California.
The Strip

New Year’s Resolutions

January 1, 2017 — By Brian McFadden

Republicans are going to party like it’s 1917.


Angela Merkel, Russia’s Next Target

With a friend entering the White House, Vladimir Putin can turn his hacking army on Germany. The history of the Cold War can tell us what to expect.

H.R. Haldeman's Notes from Oct. 22, 1968

During a phone call on the night of Oct. 22, 1968, Richard M. Nixon told his closest aide (and future chief of staff) H.R. Haldeman to "monkey wrench" President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to begin peace negotiations over the Vietnam War.


Take a Bad Year. And Make It Better.

On leaving 2016 behind. comment icon Comments


Russia’s Contorted Denials on Doping

Under international pressure, Moscow still does not admit to the responsibility of the highest levels of government.


The Lethal Allure of Stretch Limos

Loopholes in regulations let stretch limousines cruise without seatbelts and protections.


To Make the World Better, Think Small

It is easy to become numb to suffering. Feeling empathy for individual victims can overcome the numbness.

Turning Over a New Leaf in 2017

A fresh start? Be careful what you wish for.


Obama, Trump and Russian Hacking

Readers analyze President Obama’s motives for Russian sanctions — a message to Donald Trump, one says — and Trump’s call to “move on.”


Addressing the Trump Conflict Issues

Laurence Tribe and Mark Green are among those urging the Trump family to divest to avoid the potential for corruption.


Blame Obama for Democrats’ Losses?

Not so fast, readers say.

Race in America: Your Stories

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