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Froma Harrop: The sun is rising on solar panels

Posted 4/22/2015 in National Columns

On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.

 

Froma Harrop: Privacy vs. security

Posted 4/3/2015 in National Columns

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home.

 

Froma Harrop: Suing over soft sexism can hold women back

Posted 4/2/2015 in National Columns

Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us.

 

Froma Harrop: Clinton and gender politics no simple matter

Posted 3/21/2015 in National Columns

Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for Senate from California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go after Clinton without being called a sexist male.

 

Froma Harrop: Cohabiting ... with children

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.

 

Froma Harrop: Open Internet survives weird politics

Posted 3/3/2015 in National Columns

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen.

 

Froma Harrop: Politicians for local control, except when they're not

Posted 2/26/2015 in National Columns

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits.

 

Froma Harrop: The slave wears Prada: confusion on the red carpet

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

 

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the failure hall of fame

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

 

Froma Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

Posted 2/5/2015 in National Columns

She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.

 

Froma Harrop: What killed the 'American Sniper'?

Posted 2/3/2015 in National Columns

The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas.

 

Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 2/2/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.

 

Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 1/27/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.

 

Froma Harrop: License plates are not bumper stickers

Posted 1/13/2015 in National Columns

A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag.

 

Froma Harrop: Playtime is over for Obamacare's foes

Posted 1/8/2015 in National Columns

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread.

 

Froma Harrop: The rich and their anti-vaccine quacks

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago.

 

Froma Harrop: The magic kingdom of dynamic scoring

Posted 12/26/2014 in National Columns

While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom.

 

Froma Harrop: Unzipping the Elizabeth Warren package

Posted 12/23/2014 in National Columns

They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren's populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street -- and her linking it to growing income inequality.

 

Froma Harrop: Pottersville goes online

Posted 12/18/2014 in National Columns

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?

 

Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

 

 

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