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Marty Baron, in dissent, rises in defense of objective journalism

March 26, 2023  •  The Boston Globe

Back when The Boston Globe was still headquartered on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, there were signs posted around the cluttered newsroom that read: "Accuracy is the Cornerstone of Our Business." Like a million other things that were left behind when the Globe moved to a downtown high-rise in 2017 — the four-ton marble map of New England, the fake elevator that was built for a film set, the elegant spiral staircase that led down to the library, the huge parking lots — those signs are just a memory now.

Is accuracy still the cornerstone of the news business? Or has that also been left behind?

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Should replacing Kamala Harris really be unthinkable?

March 22, 2023  •  The Boston Globe

JOE BIDEN, the oldest president in US history, intends to run for reelection. Unless he changes his mind, the Democratic Party will nominate him for a second term — a term that will extend two months past his 86th birthday. Given Biden's advanced age, it is only prudent to assume that his vice president might have to assume the duties of the presidency at some point in the next few years.

Which explains why the question of Biden's running mate — should he keep Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket or find someone else? — has been getting so much attention.

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Priestly celibacy gets a rethink

March 21, 2023  •  The Boston Globe / Arguable

In an interview this month marking the 10th anniversary of his election, Pope Francis suggested he might be open to a change in the Roman Catholic Church's longstanding rule of priestly celibacy.

"There is no contradiction for a priest to marry," the pope told the Spanish-language newspaper Infobae. "Celibacy in the Western Church is a temporary prescription." Unlike ordination, which is eternal and intrinsic to the priesthood, he said, "celibacy is a discipline."

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Ending Saddam Hussein's reign of terror was the right call

March 19, 2023  •  The Boston Globe

In an address delivered from the Oval Office on the evening of March 19, 2003 — 20 years ago today — President George W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had embarked on a military campaign "to disarm Iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger." Like the overwhelming majority of Americans at the time, I supported the decision to go to war and put an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein.

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Michigan revives compulsory unionism

March 15, 2023  •  The Boston Globe

JUST OVER a decade ago, Michigan lawmakers passed a right-to-work law, making their state the 24th in the nation to protect employees from compulsory unionism. It was one of the best things they ever did.

Labor leaders and their allies warned of dire consequences if Michigan became a right-to-work state and unions lost the power to force workers to pay union dues as a condition of keeping a job. They claimed wages would fall, the economy would suffer, and there would be "no positive impact whatsoever on job growth."

They couldn't have been more wrong.

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