Opinion

John W. Weeks Bridge with clock tower over Charles River in Harvard University campus Boston

Why I'm boycotting my Harvard reunion

By Evan Mandery
Shortly before my 25th reunion at Harvard University, I wrote op-eds opposing legacy preferences, the troubling practice of colleges and universities giving a leg up in admissions to their own alumni. I knew from experience to expect blowback, but I was shocked by the intensity of my classmates' reaction. Many called me a traitor.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Students gather in front of the Museum of Natural History to protest the lack of action on global warming and other climate related issues on March 15, 2019 in New York City. In a collective action around the country and world tens of thousands students stepped out of school on Friday to demand that politicians and leaders take more action on saving the planet from global warming and pollution  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

This brutal creature is wiping out everything besides itself

By Carl Safina
We keep getting -- and ignoring -- wakeup calls about climate change and the degradation of the planet, writes Carl Safina. Two new reports--on rising sea level and extinctions--sound the alarm...again: Humans have done this damage; we must fix it.
President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., attend the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

White House plays hardball. Congress whiffs

By Elie Honig
Elie Honig writes that if Congress wants to actually be a co-equal branch of government, it needs to cut the gimmickry and the ceremonial contempt votes and take every disputed subpoena -- from Trump's tax returns to the unredacted Mueller report -- directly to the courts