I admire people of faith but am made nervous by those who live in a spiritually gated community. | 03/07/14 09:48:09 By - By GINA BARRECA
The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, March 6: | 03/07/14 08:08:20 By -
How much does the Russian military intervention in Ukraine "cost" the Kremlin? Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have made clear that "there will be costs" to Russia, but so far, there only seem to be benefits, subsidies and the promise of a higher financial return to Russia. | 03/06/14 10:36:31 By - By MARKOS KOUNALAKIS
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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., obviously is a great adherent of the adage "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." This week, his committee released another attack on Medicaid, one of the linchpins of the Affordable Care Act and one that for some reason is especially detested by conservatives, like the majority members of Ryan's committee. | 03/06/14 09:57:40 By - By MICHAEL HILTZIK
As this is a personal column, I offer some good news that perhaps may shine a ray of light through the dark clouds of disturbing events: My second granddaughter, Lucy Gilpin, was born Feb. 28 to my daughter Allison and her husband in Sydney, Australia. | 03/06/14 09:57:05 By - By REG HENRY
It's hard to believe how much time we have spent in recent weeks musing about Russian President Vladimir Putin. And we still don't have a clue what his end game is. | 03/06/14 09:56:38 By - By ANN MCFEATTERS
In a week that swept us from the made-for-Hollywood uncertainty of Oscar night to real-world uncertainty of Russia's brinksmanship in Ukraine, we are giving fiction's T.S. Garp, the day off to screen an updated feature of his classic: | 03/05/14 11:21:22 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
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Here's a chilly thought: We are seeing the dawn of a second Cold War between Russia and the West. But this one should be easier to manage than the first was. | 03/05/14 11:04:37 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
The Cold War haunted many of us when we were young, whispering always about the possibility of nuclear exchange, sometimes, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis, shouting about it, and reminding us of another kind of life, of an oppressive, miserable slave-state existence some saw as justice. It seemed that it would last forever except that suddenly the Soviet Union crashed. The Cold War was gone. | 03/05/14 09:55:00 By - By JAY AMBROSE
If Hollywood takes a note from this year's Oscars, it should be that good, complicated movies are worth making. And that is a feel-good theme. | 03/05/14 09:53:17 By -
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"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off." These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. | 03/05/14 08:10:17 By - By LORIE GRAHAM
California's drought has everyone talking about ways to save water. Gov. Jerry Brown has implored residents to reduce their consumption by 20 percent. One writer suggested Angelenos share showers. A nonprofit is encouraging people not to waste even ice cubes that drop to the floor: Don't toss them, says Save Our Water, use them to water plants. | 03/05/14 08:10:17 By - By CATHERINE WOLFRAM AND DAVID ZETLAND
Imagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren't even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you'd be asking, why study art? | 03/05/14 08:10:17 By - By EDWARD FRENKEL
It was both dispiriting and unsurprising to hear the other day that nearly 100 artworks had been stolen from storage at Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts. | 03/05/14 08:10:14 By - By STEVE PAUL
Newscasters quickly changed the subject after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week vetoed a bill that would have let businesses, on the basis of "religious belief," deny service to gays and lesbians. Crisis over, folks, they seemed to say; let's move on. | 03/05/14 09:51:44 By - By REKHA BASU
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see "12 Years A Slave" now? Please see it. | 03/05/14 09:50:56 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
The following editorial appeared in the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, March 4: | 03/04/14 10:44:58 By -
The causes of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine are many, but most fundamentally its roots can be found in an enormously consequential decision made by the United States and its allies in the early 1990s. Faced with a strategic challenge of constructing a new security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, the decision was made to embark on a program of gradual NATO expansion to the east. | 03/04/14 10:29:59 By - By EDWARD W. WALKER
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Russia's invasion and occupation of a region in Ukraine demand a unified and robust response from the United States and its allies that imposes serious penalties on Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. The West must deliver a message that deters further hostile moves by Russia's military. | 03/04/14 10:03:52 By -
Future historians may recall Barack Obama's foreign policy as the Clash of the Cliches: Every time the president draws a red line, he winds up painting himself into the corner. | 03/04/14 10:00:29 By - By GLENN GARVIN
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President Barack Obama can castigate Russian President Vladimir Putin all he likes for violating international law in Crimea. | 03/04/14 08:10:15 By - By JOHN B. QUIGLEY
President Obama's proclaimed strategy to "bypass Congress" - most conspicuously his broad rewriting of the Affordable Care Act - has given unusual prominence to a fairly arcane legal doctrine: standing. Standing is what is preventing a potential blizzard of litigation against the president's unilateral decrees, and ironically, it's a doctrine liberal jurists have long decried. | 03/04/14 08:10:15 By - By EUGENE KONTOROVICH
The obituary for U.S. manufacturing has been written many times. But as Mark Twain famously informed the New York Journal after various newspapers had reported that he was dead or dying, reports of manufacturing's demise have been greatly exaggerated. | 03/04/14 08:10:15 By - By HAROLD L. SIRKIN AND MICHAEL ZINSER
As many as 300,000 West Virginians are still wondering whether it's safe to drink the water more than a month after the local supply was tainted by a spill of industrial chemicals. | 03/04/14 10:02:48 By - By STEVE PAUL
The state of Arizona and the East African nation of Uganda don't have much in common. | 03/04/14 10:01:20 By - By BOB RAY SANDERS
Mexico got its man. | 03/03/14 12:39:58 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
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An open letter to Miami-Dade Judge William Altfield, who is presiding over the Justin Bieber DUI case: | 03/03/14 10:27:58 By - By CARL HIAASEN
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, March 3: | 03/03/14 09:42:58 By -
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security and self-reliance; Democrats were the "Mommy Party," all about health, education and nurturing. | 03/03/14 09:49:35 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
As the world struggled to rebuild in the years after World War II, a dangerous game unfolded in a seemingly unlikely place: Ukraine. | 03/03/14 09:32:59 By - By RICHARD PARKER
Most analyses of the Ukraine crisis ask why Russian President Vladimir Putin would risk international condemnation - and potential military confrontation - with his aggressive military moves in Crimea. | 03/03/14 09:48:10 By - By MARKOS KOUNALAKIS
As he faces the perhaps the most significant foreign policy crisis of his presidency, it has become abundantly clear that Barack Obama's lack of attention to the nation's overseas interests has seriously damaged America's global position. | 03/03/14 09:48:52 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
Disclosure: I am not a parent. But it's easy to understand and sympathize with the dilemma faced by mothers and fathers of strapping boys who are avid to play football on their junior high, high school, or college teams. | 03/03/14 09:51:05 By - By JOHN M. CRISP
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Israelis and Palestinians are facing their most difficult negotiation since Menachem Begin flew west to face Egyptian President Anwar Sadat a generation ago at Camp David. If Israel were to end its long occupation, if Palestinians were to unite and forswear violence, if two states were able to share an eternal capital in Jerusalem and bind up the wounds of their long enmity, then a viable Palestinian state could emerge to live in peace with its most prominent and powerful neighbor. | 03/03/14 08:13:47 By - By PATRICK TYLER
There's a war against Legos. | 03/03/14 08:13:47 By - By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
President Clinton? | 03/03/14 09:50:28 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
Most analysis of the Ukraine crisis ask why Russian President Vladimir Putin would risk international condemnation and potential military confrontation with his aggressive military moves in Crimea. | 03/02/14 21:11:53 By - By Markos Kounalakis
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When advocates of same-sex marriage pushed their case in the courts of both public opinion and law, they made sure to read the following language from that little card provided to them by the tolerance police: "No one will be forced to violate their religious beliefs if Adam can marry Steve and Madame can marry Eve." | 02/28/14 09:49:35 By - By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
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In Barack Obama's first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president and former professor of constitutional law promised to make sweeping changes in the way government operated in a number of specific areas. But has he kept his pledges? | 02/28/14 09:49:03 By - By KAREN J. GREENBERG
You're at the pharmacy to pick up your diabetes medication. The pharmacist takes a look at you and at your prescription, and refuses to fill it. Why? Is it expired, or maybe you're out of refills? | 02/28/14 09:50:54 By - By DUSTY NIX
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This week in Washington, a Department of Education panel continued negotiations over new campus sexual assault regulations. | 02/28/14 09:50:02 By - By CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
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Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. When faced with a medical emergency, no one fancies a long road trip. | 02/27/14 08:13:13 By - By CRAIG B. GARNER
The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity. But one category of military spending largely escaped the budget ax: nuclear weapons. | 02/27/14 10:06:22 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
It has long been my belief that the devil recruits certain unwitting people, fills them up with self-righteousness and sends them out into the world in order to make Christianity look ridiculous. The recent news suggests that Beezlebub has been busy in Arizona. | 02/27/14 08:08:23 By - By REG HENRY
A fight keeps building between the federal government and some states over the issue of same-sex marriage. | 02/27/14 08:08:23 By - By LEWIS W. DIUGUID
Let's ruminate about dictators and their stuff. Specifically, the things they leave behind when they flee, die, are ousted or captured. | 02/27/14 10:06:53 By - By ANN MCFEATTERS
An ethical firestorm has flared up over an expose that ran last month in Grantland, a sports and popular culture site affiliated with ESPN, on the unlikely subject of a new golf club and the woman who invented it. | 02/26/14 14:20:45 By - By EDWARD WASSERMAN
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Nighttime skies glowed fiery orange at the edges of Vladimir Putin's Russia, just days ago - and the whole world was watching. | 02/26/14 10:28:38 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Feb. 25: | 02/26/14 08:09:05 By -
Many people have no clue about this thing called Bitcoin. This week's collapse of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange demonstrates, it's time they do. | 02/26/14 08:09:02 By - By BART CHILTON
It's no secret that Americans are fed up with the ongoing conflict and gridlock in Washington. While the partisan brinksmanship over the budget and debt has ebbed of late, approval ratings remain at historic lows, and with the midterm elections looming, members should be looking for something to deliver to the country, not just their partisan stalwarts. | 02/26/14 08:09:02 By - By STEVE CALDEIRA AND JOHN ENGLER
Soon after his birth in 1945, Freddie Hall's family knew that something was different about him. And later, he was slow to learn, to walk and to talk, and it was challenging for his family to understand his speech. He was raised under difficult circumstances in an impoverished and abusive home, the 16th of 17 children, and showed early signs of serious intellectual and developmental delays. | 02/26/14 08:09:02 By - By MARC J. TASSE
At least, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan was being honest. From his lifetime seat on the federal bench in Las Vegas, Mahan provided a clear explanation for Nevada's practice of banishing mentally ill people from its borders. | 02/26/14 08:08:58 By - By DAN MORAIN
There's a disconnect between the reverence some of us feel for certain icons and the disgust we ought to feel about things they've done away from work. We tend to manage that paradox by separating public from private, as if we only need concern ourselves with the parts that affect us; the rest are for others to worry about. | 02/26/14 08:08:58 By - By REKHA BASU
Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympics to showcase his New Russia - strong, competent, self-assured, like him. The Sochi Olympics ended peacefully and the games unfolded without any significant problem. Better yet, Russian athletes topped the medal count. Bravo! | 02/26/14 09:59:50 By - By FRIDA GHITIS
The initiative is called "My Brother's Keeper." | 02/26/14 08:08:58 By - By GREGORY CLAY
Greg Sargent on Tuesday unveiled the "documentation" offered by the Koch brothers-funded tea party group Americans for Prosperity to back up its recent anti-Obamacare campaign commercial airing in Michigan. The ad featured a local leukemia patient named Julie Boonstra, complaining about her experience under Obamacare. The ad's target, Gary Peters, a Democratic candidate for Senate, demanded that the group back up its claims. | 02/26/14 10:00:24 By - By MICHAEL HILTZIK
Boycott Arizona. Maybe it's time the rest of us said, Enough. Maybe we should boycott Arizona. | 02/26/14 09:55:04 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
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Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future." With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. | 02/25/14 08:04:30 By - By PASCAL BRUCKNER
From January to March, the academic calendar is dominated by the admissions process. You can find me this time of year poring over hundreds of grad school applications. In my 10 years of reading such applications, I have borne witness to an alarming trend: the increasingly bizarre course names listed on transcripts. | 02/25/14 10:02:18 By - By ROB STEPHENSON
There is lots of science that tells us that experiences make us happier than possessions. But which experiences make us the happiest? Which experiences should we seek out if we want to be happy? | 02/25/14 08:04:27 By - By SUSAN REIMER
As a wave of protests against government corruption and misrule rolls from country to country, nervous autocrats are using the same formula to crush dissent. | 02/25/14 10:02:53 By - By TRUDY RUBIN
In crunching data about income inequality, I found two surprises: First, despite the growing divide, a child's odds of mobility haven't changed in the last 25 to 50 years. Second, educational progress made by women might be a contributing factor. | 02/25/14 10:03:37 By - By MICHAEL SMERCONISH
What were Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman thinking when they each killed an unarmed black teenager? Some say too much is being made of race in these cases and others believe racial bigotry led them to pull the trigger. | 02/24/14 13:19:17 By - By PHILLIP ATIBA GOFF AND SHERRILYN IFILL
Don't hold your breath waiting for the state legislature to fix Florida's cockeyed Stand Your Ground law. The National Rifle Association owns too many of the Republican lawmakers who could end the madness. | 02/24/14 10:24:16 By - By CARL HIAASEN
Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind. | 02/24/14 09:53:06 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
There seems to be a growing consensus that the Republicans have a real shot at recapturing the Senate in the next midterm elections, giving them further opportunity, if not total assurance, of making Barack Obama's next years in office meaningless. | 02/24/14 09:54:29 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
One wonders if, in retrospect, Curtis Reeves and Michael Dunn wish that they had left their guns at home when they went out on Jan. 13, 2014, and Nov. 23, 2012, respectively. | 02/24/14 09:53:53 By - By JOHN M. CRISP
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Livable wages and less income disparity are noble objectives that resonate with many people. President Obama has proposed that Congress raise the minimum wage as a way to meet those objectives. But there's a better way to improve wages, assist low-income workers and flatten the income distribution. | 02/24/14 08:14:36 By - By LARRY HARRIS
When I appear at book festivals or give readings, lots of folks want to know what the Founding Fathers would do or say about our currently dysfunctional Congress. There seems to be an unspoken but widely shared assumption that the most prominent members of the founding generation represent the gold standard in political leadership, and our contemporary politicians are the epitome of debased currency. As one commentator put it, "Once you compare then and now, you've got to believe that Darwin got it exactly backward." | 02/24/14 08:14:36 By - By JOSEPH J. ELLIS
With much of the country still suffering through a record cold snap, it's hard to think about global warming. But this horrific winter is the "weather on steroids" that climate scientists have been predicting for decades in which hotter days get hotter and cold spells are even more intense. | 02/24/14 09:50:15 By - By LINDA MARSA
Recently, at the Jerusalem Press Club, I hosted Marcella Rosen, the author of "Tiny Dynamo: How One of the Smallest Countries Is Producing Some of Our Most Important Inventions." Amazon advertises this book as a "fascinating collection of 21 stories detailing Israel's inventions that benefit all of mankind. From desalting the ocean to the tiny PillCam that videos your insides, the Flash Drive to spinal surgery robots, watering the desert with drip irrigation, blasting breast tumors and curing major diseases: Israel is a hotbed of start-ups and idea incubation wildly disproportionate to its tiny size." | 02/24/14 08:14:32 By - By URI DROMI
"Discrimination," he said, "is horrible. It's hurtful. It has no place in civilized society ..." | 02/24/14 09:51:07 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
Why on earth would anybody oppose raising the minimum wage in America to 10 bucks an hour - a level no working adult would recognize as livin' large? I can think of two reasons. | 02/24/14 09:52:18 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
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I have this recurring dream where - have you stopped reading yet? | 02/21/14 10:26:06 By - By GINA BARRECA
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A journalist friend of mine posted on Facebook last week, proclaiming her joy at two bits of media news: that the libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch have given up on the idea of buying the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, and that an American subsidiary of the Arab news channel Al Jazeera has gone on the air. | 08/27/13 14:50:16 By - Glenn Garvin
Let us give the jury the benefit of the doubt. | 07/14/13 23:22:10 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
President Obama went to Berlin in 2008 as a presidential candidate and was greeted like a rock star, drawing a crowd of 200,000 for speech. He returned to Germanys capital last week to speak at the historic Brandenburg Gate and the crowd was 4,500, fewer even than the 6,000 tickets distributed. | 06/27/13 06:36:23 By -
In the past week, many commenters have rushed to defend fallen Food Network star Paula Deen. But one excuse for her cluelessness about race really takes the cake: that she is "of another time." | 06/26/13 06:39:37 By - Curtis Tate
I held my 8-year-old daughter a bit tighter Monday night. | 04/16/13 17:23:45 By - Issac J. Bailey
That U.S. Honor Flag? | 04/14/13 08:50:00 By - Bud Kennedy
Dear Whoever is in Charge of Customer Service for DirecTV:
All I wanted was to watch the game. | 03/29/13 06:01:26 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
The past is never dead, as William Faulkner might have written if he were analyzing the federal budget, its not even paid for. Did you realize that World War II still costs U.S. taxpayers $5 billion a year? Or that we havent closed the financial books on the Civil War yet? | 03/29/13 06:07:31 By - Glenn Garvin
I own a couple of firearms. If I should ever have to move to Nelson, Ga. (and surely a merciful God would not demand such a dire penance from me), at least I'll be in compliance with the law. | 03/29/13 06:03:25 By - Dusty Nix
There are three unmistakable signs that a man is getting old:
His mailbox is bombarded with letters from the AARP.
He spends 15 minutes looking for his cellphone while hes talking on it.
He looks at Beyoncé and thinks That girl needs to put some clothes on. | 03/28/13 13:05:15 By - Barry Saunders
President Bush, driven by his own moral certainty, has guided the nation to a point where, he claims, the consequences of inaction are worse than those of war itself. But in doing so, he has gambled American treasure, prestige and lives. And, we think, in his zeal to convince the world of the need to invade Iraq, he has neglected to adequately prepare Americans for the potential hazards that lie ahead not only during the battle itself but also in the aftermath. | 03/28/13 06:03:05 By - James Werrell
People who make their living by writing for publication had good reason to follow the recent hoo-hah over publishers who think paying writers for their work is optional. | 03/28/13 06:01:10 By - Edward Wasserman
Almost. Almost a massacre. Almost a college campus horror. But last weeks thwarted killing spree had no discernible effect on Tallahassees gun fetish. Almost mattered almost not at all. | 03/27/13 06:02:00 By - Fred Grimm
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts wants to restore integrity to Americas food stamp program.
How about restoring some dignity to the people who receive the aid? | 03/27/13 06:08:57 By - Mary Sanchez
You wouldnt know it just by looking, but Dr. Ben Carson, the brilliant neurosurgeon, and I have a couple of things in common. | 03/26/13 07:28:05 By - Barry Saunders
Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez.
This is what Im thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on Papa Was A Rolling Stone with the Temptations, passed away just days apart. Now Smith, whose ice cream dollop of a tenor on Could It Be Im Falling In Love serenaded me through junior year in high school, has joined them. It feels and this feeling has become uncomfortably familiar lately as if Somebody Up There is taking a sledgehammer to my childhood. | 03/26/13 06:07:14 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
The most interesting thing about Argentine Pope Francis may be not just that hes the first Latin American to head the Vatican, but also that he may become the Churchs biggest champion of interfaith dialogue e | 03/26/13 06:05:42 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Finally, the bipartisan "No Labels" movement is going somewhere.
But not Texas. | 03/25/13 06:02:56 By - Bud Kennedy
I want to claim shock that in a state that has among the highest rates of domestic violence in a nation that leads the industrialized world in the rate of gun violence, there are those we sent to Columbia who believe the problem is that we have too few guns in too few places. | 03/25/13 06:00:57 By - Issac J. Bailey
Neither Sarah Palin nor Gary Bennett was upset when a judge struck down New Yorks big soda ban the day before it was supposed to go into effect last week. | 03/24/13 06:00:40 By - Barry Saunders
Although he has found a home in Fort Worth -- a place he has come to love -- in many ways 33-year-old Gatjan Deng is still on a journey that he began when he was only 9. | 03/24/13 06:03:20 By - Bob Ray Sanders
When Venezuelas opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski says the April 14 presidential election will be a David versus Goliath fight, in which the governments candidate will have a formidable advantage, hes not kidding. | 03/23/13 06:07:26 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Youd think, reading news reports about people rushing out to buy assault rifles and stock up on ammo, that gun ownership is on the rise. But according to at least one survey, just the opposite is true. | 03/23/13 06:14:18 By - James Werrell
Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman.
The Ohio senator is, pardon the tautology, a conservative Republican and last week, he did something conservative Republicans do not do. He came out for same-sex marriage. This is a man whose anti-gay bonafides were so pronounced that his 2011 selection as commencement speaker at the University of Michigan law school prompted an uproar among the graduates, many of whom signed a letter protesting his appearance as an insult to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. | 03/22/13 06:02:14 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Next month, brace yourself for another round of grumbling about gender discrimination in the workplace. April 9 is Equal Pay Day, supposedly the magic point at which women finally make what men made in the previous year. | 03/22/13 06:09:18 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
In media mythology, the years from the mid-1960s to the mid-70s were the classical age, a heroic time of moral clarity.
Mainstream journalism marinated in adversarialism. Little Southern newspapers infuriated their own readers by staring down segregation. Foreign correspondents forced upon an unwilling public the realities of a brutal war. Network news ignored official disdain and showed the bottomless suffering the war inflicted on the innocents it was supposed to save. With the Pentagon Papers, newspapers defied secrecy rules to expose government lies. With Watergate, reporters forced out a corrupt president. | 03/21/13 06:02:22 By - Edward Wasserman
In 2011, a Kansas City union rep was explaining why Occupy Wall Street wasnt galvanizing more of his members. | 03/21/13 06:00:34 By - Steve Kraske
Someone left a SpongeBob SquarePants snow globe on Elizabeth Jacobsons grave. A fuzzy yellow Easter Bunny. A sand dollar adorned with the yellow SpongeBob character. | 03/20/13 06:03:12 By - Fred Grimm
Hey, Missouri citizen. When you woke up this morning and gulped your orange juice, did you obsess about United Nations resolution Agenda 21? | 03/20/13 06:01:26 By - Barbara Shelly
A decade ago, the media screwed up, and screwed up royally.
We got the Iraq war wrong.
Big time. | 03/19/13 06:04:30 By - Issac J. Bailey
Karen Houppert has written a book of nightmares. | 03/19/13 06:09:01 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
The conundrum of capitalism is finally easing its tight hold on the economy.
The first part of the conundrum is the primal drive of most consumers to spend as little as possible on goods and services. | 03/19/13 06:05:45 By - Keith Chrostowski
The name Patrice Lumumba doesn't mean anything to most Americans today, and certainly not to most people in my home state of Texas. | 03/18/13 06:03:42 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Pumped up on conservative steroids, many Republican legislators in Kansas and Missouri want to send a message to Washington, D.C.
It goes something like this: You cant tell us what to do. | 03/18/13 06:05:09 By - Yael T. Abouhalkah
I spent time with a group of readers the past couple of weeks, talking mostly about faith. | 03/17/13 03:13:07 By - Issac J. Bailey
Gee, what could possibly go wrong with this?
At the same time the FCC is requesting that airlines ease up on restricting the use of cell phones, the TSA is fixing to relax rules so we can carry knives onto planes. | 03/17/13 06:04:23 By - Barry Saunders
Nearly a year ago, President Obama came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he campaigned for re-election by reaching out to young people saddled by crushing student debt and facing a jump in interest rates on their federal loans. | 03/16/13 06:00:22 By - Ned Barnett
Drone phobia is upon us. | 03/16/13 06:05:24 By - Bud Kennedy
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has long been vaunted as the preeminent military power in the Middle East. But Israel lost the eight-day war last November in the Gaza Strip, both Israelis and the Gaza Palestinians believe. | 03/15/13 13:46:56 By - Ben Barber
Second terms have a habit of being unkind to presidents and one wonders whether the pattern will apply to Barack Obama, whose treatment by the press has been unusually respectful, to put it mildly. | 03/15/13 06:04:33 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
One might think that a political party and a religious organization would not have that much in common. But the Republican Party, in the wake of its failure to retake the White House, and the Catholic Church, in the aftermath of a series of scandals, actually have a lot in common. Here are at least six similarities: | 03/15/13 06:01:41 By - Dennis Jett
Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.
Or perhaps you dont. Sadly enough, even in this day and age, not everyone is comic-book literate. | 03/15/13 06:00:09 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
One of the biggest questions about Pope Francis is whether he will be a politically activist pontiff who much as he has done in Argentina will be a thorn in the side of leftist-populist governments throughout Latin America. Some say he will. | 03/14/13 07:43:02 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Yet another member of the Bush family has demonstrated an uncanny ability to flinch on immigration.
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, has long advocated a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, roughly in line with current thinking of a bipartisan group in Congress. Yet in a new book he has written with Clint Bolick, Immigration Wars, Bush has flip-flopped on the question of the path to citizenship. | 03/14/13 06:04:07 By - Mary Sanchez
The Argentine-British dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas islands is once again heating up, and the latest events point at a new diplomatic setback for Argentinas legitimate claims over the South Atlantic islands. | 03/14/13 06:07:33 By - Andres Oppenheimer
When I was born my mother named me Merlene, a compilation of her middle name, Merle, and an ending that must have sounded good at the time. | 03/13/13 06:06:11 By - Merlene Davis
Ever since failing to make Obama a one-term president, Mitt Romney has been trying to figure out why he doesn't occupy the White House. In a recent interview (naturally with Fox News), he blamed his loss in part on his failure to connect with minorities and his remark that 47 percent of Americans think they are entitled to a government that does something for them. He said he regretted the comment, but indicated his only error was a poor choice of words and not the sentiment behind them. Politicians say they misspoke whenever they inadvertently reveal what they really think. | 03/13/13 06:03:27 By - Dennis Jett
Its not just a womens issue.
Granted, thats how many of us are framing last months decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! Inc., to end telecommuting and require all employees to report to the office. It ignited a firestorm of controversy over whether Mayer, a working mother herself, has backstabbed the sisterhood. Columnist Kathleen Parker called it the latest iteration of the mommy war. | 03/12/13 06:07:53 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Paul Chan is hopeful that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will improve the treatment of people who lack health insurance. That would come as welcome relief if his research is any indication of whats happening to the uninsured right now. | 03/12/13 06:09:29 By - Alan Bavley
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is quoted as saying that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. I make no claims to being a genius, but Im not sure Edison took into account some of the other things that influence the creative process. | 03/11/13 06:06:34 By - James Werrell
Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire may still get asked to serve in President Obamas administration.
But if the call doesnt come, she has no one to blame but herself. | 03/11/13 06:05:54 By - Peter Callaghan
President Barack Obama finally has a chance to live up to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and he can do it next year in Kansas City. | 03/10/13 06:10:02 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
For those of us who survived the invasion of 85, forgetting is not so easy. | 03/10/13 06:07:04 By - Fred Grimm
Her hair is snowy white. She leans heavily on a cane and calls herself "just an unemployed cowgirl." But this self-deprecating ex-cowgirl is retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court, and she remains passionate about the nation she served. | 03/09/13 06:17:10 By - Ginger Rutland
At first blush, I might have guessed that a group calling itself the American Suntanning Association was a group promoting nudism. Much to my disappointment, I learned its an organization representing 14,000 tanning salon owners. | 03/09/13 06:11:46 By - Terry Plumb
Surely by now Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia knows that his Feb. 27 comments from the bench about a voting rights case were at best insensitive. | 03/09/13 06:08:26 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Debi Austin spoke loudest after surgeons removed her cancerous vocal cords. | 03/08/13 06:09:16 By - Dan Morain
Its hard to stay angry, especially when youre really not. That effort is beginning to drain the long harrumph that has been the Republican Party for the past four years. | 03/08/13 06:02:19 By - Ned Barnett
In the contest among certain states to see which can do the most embarrassing political face plant, Georgia continues to be among the leaders. The Peach State's latest sweepstakes entry (well, maybe not the latest -- let's not discount the possibility that something even stupider has emerged) is
a nullification bill. | 03/07/13 06:02:37 By - Dusty Nix
In 1881, Kansas put into play the first statewide constitutional prohibition of alcohol. | 03/07/13 06:14:12 By - Mary Sanchez
Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejos heart is in a good place and the advice he gave last week on MSNBCs The Ed Show was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong. | 03/07/13 06:08:31 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávezs death will most likely mark the beginning of the end of Venezuelas political clout in Latin America, but his influence inside Venezuela is likely to last for many decades. | 03/06/13 11:28:55 By - Andres Oppenheimer
The metaphor became a clever laugh line even before John Kerry took the reins of the State Department from Hillary Clinton. Kerry spoke respectfully of his predecessor, saying he had big heels to fill. Richard Haass, head of the Council of Foreign Relations, expressed his admiration for Hillary by joking that Kerry would have to fill very large Manolo Blahniks. | 03/06/13 06:09:56 By - Frida Ghitis
No matter how bad the problem, a former colleague of mine used to always preface discussions by saying that it represented an "opportunity." The Sequester's cuts will hit the Department of Defense (DOD) especially hard. But rather than focus on the cuts, I suggest we see this as an opportunity to assess and better align America's national security interests and capabilities. | 03/05/13 06:10:12 By - Scott Sigmund Gartner
One day, many years ago, I was working in my college bookstore when this guy walks in wearing a T-shirt. White Power, it said. | 03/05/13 06:02:51 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
The new chief executive of Yahoo spoke, and a nation of telecommuters howled back.
Actually, it was Yahoos human resources director, Jackie Reses, who issued the controversial memo, marked proprietary and confidential do not forward. | 03/05/13 06:10:09 By - Barbara Shelly
The Dept. of Awkward Questions has been working overtime recently.
Please try to keep up. | 03/04/13 06:03:14 By - Keith Chrostowski
The wake-up call Republicans received last Election Day has the party and some of its more popular and strident leaders engaged in an "extreme makeover." | 03/03/13 06:25:54 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Brazil, South Americas biggest country, may become a global economic super-star in the future, but it will have to stop being an inward-looking giant. | 03/03/13 06:00:17 By - Andres Oppenheimer
If this column appeared under the headline, Massive defeat for the anti-science forces, you would naturally assume Im talking about some kind of setback for conservative Republicans, right? And you would be completely wrong. | 03/02/13 06:03:56 By - Glenn Garvin
Theres a little-known fact about guns in America, and its one that the firearms industry and its political allies dont like to dwell on: The rate of gun ownership in America is declining. | 03/01/13 06:05:29 By - Mary Sanchez
The Wizard of Second Amendment Fear was back at it Saturday, cranking up conspiracies.
Expanded background checks for gun purchases are a government plot to grab guns, claimed the National Rifle Associations Wayne LaPierre. | 02/28/13 06:08:59 By - Mary Sanchez
Media throughout the country carried news recently that a half-dozen email accounts belonging to ex-President George W. Bush and several of his friends and relatives had been hacked. The words and images that were pilfered werent all that interesting, so all in all it wasnt a huge story. | 02/28/13 06:01:02 By - Edward Wasserman
People wore their hoodies Tuesday to remember Trayvon Martin on the first anniversary of his appalling shooting death at the hands of a neighborhood watchman, who pursued the black youth on the suspicion that he didnt look like he belonged in his gated townhouse community. | 02/27/13 11:42:56 By - Fabiola Santiago
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground. - Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
So now, Jonah has received a lesson in How Things Are. He is 19 months old. | 02/27/13 06:07:04 By -
I remember interviewing a white man who refused to shake my black hand. | 02/27/13 06:05:28 By - Issac J. Bailey
Im here because my mother, Elizabeth Bailey McDaniel, refused to die. | 02/26/13 13:51:22 By - Issac J. Bailey
What was your favorite subject in school? If many of us were honest, the answer would be recess. | 02/26/13 06:08:20 By - James Werrell
There was nothing unusual about a representative of the Boy Scouts of America's national office being invited to speak Friday night at a Fort Worth banquet to raise money for three enduring inner-city troops and honor four longtime Scout leaders. | 02/26/13 06:03:02 By - Bob Ray Sanders
According to Slate magazine, there have been nearly 2,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. since 20 children and seven adults were massacred in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. | 02/25/13 06:00:15 By - Marcos Breton
The power of hate crimes to terrorize is relatively simple: They are criminal acts that send a message far beyond the initial victim. | 02/25/13 06:03:55 By - Mary Sanchez
Few people have more reason to be bitter about Americas political polarization than Dick Lugar he was fired because of it. | 02/24/13 06:08:45 By - Taylor Batten
Compared with our counterparts in the developed world, the United States is a wealthy nation of dummies and dropouts. A few years ago, American 15-year-olds were ranked 17th in science and an unimpressive 25th in math when compared with their peers in other countries. | 02/23/13 06:01:03 By - Mary Sanchez
Florida Gov. Rick Scott did an abrupt about-face on Wednesday and said he has learned to love the foundation on which Obamacare was built, the expansion of Medicaid. He called it common sense. | 02/22/13 14:31:37 By - Mike Norman
President Barack Obama received a vigorous ovation when he declared during his State of the Union address last week that the parents of Hadiya Pendleton deserved a vote on bills before Congress that would stem gun violence. | 02/22/13 06:03:59 By - Terry Plumb
Giovanni Peri, an Italian-born economist at UC Davis, is quickly becoming one of the most important voices in America's immigration debate. | 02/22/13 06:05:46 By - Marcos Breton
Dear David from Georgia:
I wanted to thank you for the email you sent last week. It made me laugh out loud. It seems you were unhappy I took a shot at Rush Limbaugh a few days back. | 02/21/13 06:08:33 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Hes found a Hurley tank top on the rack. Its striped yellow, orange, black, red and blue.
The teen holds it up to his mom. | 02/21/13 06:08:08 By - Jenee' Osterheldt
Hero, my butt.
All right, that was not exactly my response to the gentleman who called and suggested a column in defense of California cop-killer Christopher Dorner. It is, though, the only translation that my editor would allow in the newspaper. | 02/20/13 06:03:15 By - Barry Saunders
The Wal-Mart mom does it all. She raises kids, works a job or two, runs Girl Scout troops, cares for elderly relatives and walks the family dog. Without her regardless of where she shops entire households, schools and neighborhoods would go to pieces. | 02/19/13 06:05:45 By - Barbara Shelly
Its official: Marco Rubio is a national punch line.
After the Florida senators weird decision to interrupt his Tuesday rebuttal of the presidents State of the Union speech by taking a swig from a bottle of water, he was quickly mocked on The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Tonight Show with Jay Leno
and the Late Show with David Letterman
. | 02/19/13 06:04:40 By - Marc Caputo
No one for Black History Month should view kindly the economic degradation that African-Americans still face. | 02/18/13 13:12:54 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
There are those who resist immigration and those who embrace it, and finding consensus between those two groups is likely to be the key challenge in reforming our national immigration policy. | 02/18/13 06:07:09 By - James Werrell
Black History Month is a fine time to talk about First Lady Michelle Obamas big butt and the death of Strom Thurmonds black love child. | 02/18/13 06:06:35 By - Issac J. Bailey
The tea party may be a shrinking, aging slice of the electorate. But you'd never know that from Sal Russo's operation. | 02/17/13 06:14:26 By - Dan Morain
Your Orkin man will never tell you this. Of course, youll probably never ask him this, either. Despite the loathing we feel for them upon sight, roaches arent all bad. The little six-legged critters serve an important ecological purpose. | 02/17/13 06:08:26 By - Barry Saunders
The building was designed specifically as a stage for our "heroes" to play football, soccer or basketball, but not until Monday afternoon did Cowboys Stadium honor a person truly worthy of that description. | 02/16/13 06:03:15 By - Mac Engel
The story of Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the daughter of once avowed segregationist U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond by the black maid who worked for the family, is more curiosity than revelation to most whove paid attention to Americas history. Hypocrisy was a constant companion of race relations in this country during Thurmonds lifetime hypocrisy that Thurmond embraced through anti-black words and actions in much of his public life. | 02/16/13 06:08:34 By - Fannie Flono
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the Violence Against Women Act with bipartisan support. If passed by the House of Representatives, this will be the third renewal of the act that was originally passed in 1994 aimed at preventing and alleviating domestic violence. | 02/15/13 06:05:35 By - Merlene Davis
The spectacle of TV personality Geraldo Rivera using his soapbox with Fox News to test-market a possible run for the U.S. Senate has, not surprisingly, caused some real journalists to cough up hairballs. | 02/15/13 06:04:17 By - Edward Wasserman
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the Republicans big Hispanic hope for 2016, is a smart politician who might still make it to his partys presidential ticket, but he blew it big time during his nationally-broadcast State of the Union rebuttal speech on Tuesday. | 02/14/13 12:40:08 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Mali, at the crossroads of Arab North Africa and black West Africa, tends to be one of too many places in the world where we Americans remain blissfully ignorant until a military or other emergency. | 02/14/13 06:06:56 By - Pia Lopez
An Alabama high school football coach took time out in his fifth-hour psychology class last month to voice his opinions about First Lady Michelle Obama's body. | 02/13/13 06:01:28 By - Merlene Davis
You hear a lot from analysts that the economy is finally turning a corner. The strengthening of the house market does give a sound reason for saying so. | 02/12/13 06:00:19 By - Keith Chrostowski
My father-in-law used to love Chinese New Year, which is being marked today by 1.5 billion people from Sacramento to Shanghai. | 02/11/13 11:03:07 By - Marcos Breton
Which of the following 10 statements is false? | 02/11/13 06:18:28 By - Issac J. Bailey
Many summers when I was young, I spent a week or longer at a camp in Floridas Ocala National Forest. During one evening assembly, a cabin mate named Wayne loudly proclaimed: Im gonna take my pig and secede. | 02/11/13 06:06:37 By - Terry Plumb
Guns dont kill people: nipples do.
Say what? | 02/10/13 06:00:41 By - Barry Saunders
Billions of dollars worth of U.S. development projects in Afghanistan from roads to clinics to police stations may fail to serve any useful purpose, because U.S. troops have been rapidly withdrawn from many areas leaving insecurity, corruption and violence, a senior U.S. official said in Washington. | 02/09/13 06:07:58 By - Ben Barber
Only two conclusions can be drawn from the bellicose statement issued late in January by North Korea. | 02/09/13 06:05:47 By - C.W. Gusewelle
All the talk about changing North Carolinas tax code can make your head swim. Politicians and think tanks have diverse opinions about what to do. They are, naturally, influenced by their ideology, and in some cases one groups facts are in direct contradiction of anothers. I wanted to get beyond that circle. | 02/09/13 06:16:19 By - Taylor Batten
You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Heres how serious it has turned out to be. | 02/08/13 06:05:19 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Considering the difficulties facing any immigration-reform proposal, last weeks opening moves were encouraging. | 02/08/13 06:05:32 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Mr. President, why did you do it? What where you trying to prove? And to whom? | 02/07/13 06:07:14 By - Bob Ray Sanders
President Barack Obamas immigration plan calling for a huge increase in visas for foreign science and engineering graduates will pose a huge challenge for China, India and Latin America: they will either have to do something to retain their best talents, or they will face the biggest brain drain in recent history. | 02/07/13 06:04:08 By - Andres Oppenheimer
A heart-wrenching reminder of a feasible way to reduce gun violence splashed in local headlines last week.
You might have missed it because it wasnt heavily emphasized. | 02/07/13 06:05:10 By - Mary Sanchez
Thanks to noted African-American scholar Carter G. Woodson, the nation celebrates Black History Month in February as a tribute to the birthdays this month of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. | 02/06/13 06:09:11 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
With Valentines Day approaching, I thought Id give the GOP a little friendly advice on avoiding the missteps of courtship. | 02/05/13 06:07:40 By - Mary Sanchez
I get it: The national debt of the United States is different from the debt used by the likes of you and me. | 02/04/13 06:02:40 By - Keith Chrostowski
As President Barack Obama gave the most important speech on immigration reform in years last Tuesday, it became clear that his greatest foe is not the Republican Party on this terribly divisive issue.
It's misinformation. | 02/04/13 06:04:08 By - Marcos Breton
The movie Django Unchained, the 2012 American epic western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, has received a lot of criticism. | 02/03/13 06:04:15 By - Merlene Davis
President Obamas inaugural speech struck the notes expected on such occasions. He evoked our founding documents. He used words like timeless and enduring, and as with most Obama speeches, it was a fine performance. Yet after four years you know this president doesnt always mean what he says. | 02/03/13 06:05:33 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
The ugly duckling of Capitol Hill immigration reform has turned into a swan. | 02/02/13 06:18:53 By - Fabiola Santiago
Americans will never surrender their lust for guns.
For a lot of people, one is never enough and bigger is always better. That includes magazines that hold more rounds. The 22-caliber, bolt action rifle that I learned to shoot at age 11 as a Boy Scout is insufficient. | 02/02/13 06:08:23 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term last week.
I mention that only because theres a good chance you missed it. That news, after all, was overshadowed by an apparently more important story out of Washington. It was a story that, according to the New York Daily News, caused the public to react in outrage, a word The Daily Mail in London echoed. One poor fellow tweeted that his life was shattered by it. And a local anchor in DC even affixed the dreaded scandal suffix: gate. | 02/01/13 06:03:51 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
The long political career of Saxby Chambliss has been something I've observed with reactions that could almost be called bipolar. There's rarely been any in-between: Most of the things he's done or said have struck me as either very, very good or very, very bad. | 02/01/13 06:09:10 By - Dusty Nix
Just because it comes across as homophobic, racist and reactionary, I told one caller last week, is not reason enough to fish-wrap the alleged comic strip "Mallard Fillmore." | 01/31/13 06:08:13 By - Barry Saunders
Even while some media organizations roll out new online subscription plans, the Internet continues its steady drift toward a business model built overwhelmingly on money not from readers, but from advertisers. Its advertising thats emerging as the revenue source that everybody, from Facebook and Google to newspaper websites and gadfly bloggers, wants a piece of. | 01/30/13 06:02:10 By - Edward Wasserman
Last summer, Eleventh Circuit Judge J. L. Edmondson assumed senior status after a quarter-century of valuable service. His decision leaves the bench with 17 vacancies in the 179 appeals court judgeships and the Eleventh Circuit with two in twelve. | 01/29/13 12:08:28 By - Carl Tobias
You are missing the point.
Or at least, you are if youre one of the bazillion people following the Manti Teo story, dutifully trying to determine whether the Notre Dame football star was the victim or the perpetrator of a bizarre hoax. Granted, the story is irresistible as one of those 15-minutes-of-fame-kitten- stuck-in-the-well fables without which people who gather around the water cooler wouldnt have anything to talk about. | 01/29/13 06:05:35 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Title this a tale of two gun shows. | 01/28/13 06:07:39 By - Fabiola Santiago
Clicking through the TV channels one Sunday during the holidays, I stumbled by pure luck onto a magnificent History Channel documentary titled World War II From Space. | 01/28/13 06:03:21 By - C.W. Gusewelle
The callousness, the sheer idiocy, of some organizations never ceases to amaze me.
A month after the slaughter of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the National Rifle Association has released a new game that lets children fire virtual guns at clay ducks or coffin-shaped targets with bulls eyes at chest and head levels. The guns of choice include assault and sniper rifles. | 01/27/13 06:04:16 By - Ana Veciana-Suarez
Sen. Lindsey Graham believes the best way to confront a homicidal maniac who enters a school is for them to be met by armed resistance from a trained professional. | 01/27/13 06:15:04 By - Issac J. Bailey
The Miami gun-show line stretched 200 people long. Many blamed President Barack Obama. | 01/26/13 06:08:17 By - Marc Caputo
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year was the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. As The New York Times put it in a recent headline, it was not even close. | 01/26/13 06:06:22 By - E. Thomas McClanahan