Vonn sixth in Super G as snowboard specialist Ledecka wins shock Olympic gold

Czech athlete had never finished on podium in an alpine event NBC had already announced Anna Veith as winner before Ledecka’s run Vonn’s slip costs her but still has favoured downhill to come Ester Ledecka took gold by the finest of margins. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka claimed the Winter Olympics women’s super-G …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Don’t We Just Do Paid Family Leave the Right Way?

Kelly Blair President Trump just took an unusual step for a Republican: He included a paid family leave plan in his newly released budget. But don’t get too excited. It’s a retread of the one that he already trotted out during the campaign. It would offer six weeks off at a small fraction of someone’s …

Op-Ed Columnist: Repeal the Second Amendment

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment. From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health. From a personal-safety standpoint, …

Congress Struggles for Path Forward on Immigration

Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program outside the Capitol in January. A continued impasse over immigration could lead to another shutdown next month. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders struggled on Friday to find a path forward on legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers after the Senate’s efforts …

Is It ‘Natural’? Consumers, and Lawyers, Want to Know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals to shampoos and baby wipes. …

With Blackface and Monkey Suit, Chinese Gala on Africa Causes Uproar

A still image from China’s Lunar New Year television show, in which a Chinese actress in blackface and giant fake buttocks depicts an African character. China Central Television BEIJING — A lavish four-hour Lunar New Year show televised to millions across China on Thursday night set off a flood of indignation with its caricatures featuring …