Opinion | Ghost Rails of the Holy Land

EZUZ, Israel — Once you start noticing them, ghost rails are everywhere in Israel: tracks rusting in weeds, empty limestone stations. On the Jordan River, railway ties run across a graceful bridge of black basalt that connects nothing. Under slopes of olives and pines at the banks of the Yarmouk, …

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Opinion | The Misguided Push for an Equal Rights Amendment

A growing excitement surrounds Virginia’s vote this week to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, guaranteeing equal legal rights for all United States citizens regardless of sex. Virginia is the 38th state to ratify the E.R.A., pushing the country over the three-quarters threshold required for a constitutional amendment — assuming that …

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Nonalcoholic Cocktails’ Most Unexpected Fans: Kids

Perhaps no one had more disdain for the Shirley Temple than the person for whom the kid-friendly cocktail was named. “Those saccharine, icky drinks? I had nothing to do with [them],” the actress told NPR’s Scott Simon in the 1980s. If only she could have gone to the restaurant Fishnet …

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Opinion | ‘The View’ Has a Meghan McCain Problem

Ms. McCain, for her part, reminded everyone that this is to be expected, as she is “hyper, hyper conservative.” This “agree to disagree” stance is frustrating and lies in stark contrast with the current political moment, when many are skeptical of the idea of civil discourse and who it is …

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