WASHINGTON - The excitement is building. Only a few more weeks until the long-awaited mid-term elections, which Republicans hope will mean they take over the Senate and smite President Barack Obama even harder. | 08/28/14 08:19:44 By - By ANN MCFEATTERS
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Corporate America's CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in. | 08/28/14 08:10:03 By - By SAM PIZZIGATI
It is painful beyond words to behold the bloodthirsty brutality of the jihadists in the Middle East right now. But perhaps even more disturbing is the sight of an American president unable or unwilling to accurately assess the magnitude of the threat to America and our allies, and taking hesitant, awkward, vacillating half-measures in response. | 08/28/14 08:10:03 By - By RICK SANTORUM
In 2002, my aircraft carrier battle group was conducting retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan when I was directed to move into the Persian Gulf and begin precursor combat operations against Iraq. While meeting with the fleet commander, I told him we were ready to go. But when asked my opinion of the impeding war, I replied that it was "a tragic misadventure." | 08/28/14 08:10:03 By - By JOE SESTAK
Among prospective Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Paul Ryan is unique. He puts policy ahead of politics. | 08/28/14 08:10:00 By - By CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Back in February, in his annual message to shareholders in his company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett said this: "Who has ever benefited during the past 237 years by betting against America? ... America's best years lie ahead." | 08/28/14 08:10:00 By - By MICHAEL HILTZIK
Labor Day is almost upon us, a time to relax, enjoy the waning warmth of summer, have a few adult beverages, consider the contributions of labor and play cornhole. | 08/27/14 13:39:44 By - By REG HENRY
Official Washington, most notably Congress, is still away on its extended pre-Labor Day vacation, a fact that hasn't altered the zero-sum rate at which your problems are being solved. | 08/27/14 13:39:44 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
We've had plenty of rhetorical villains since the fatal police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, grandstanders stirring up fear in vengeful tones, and we've ha violence and looting, mostly by nonresidents taking advantage of a tragedy to enrich themselves. But we've had heroes, too, and, at the young man's funeral, we had calls for engaged citizenship and a stop to community disruption. | 08/27/14 13:39:44 By - By JAY AMBROSE
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A lot has happened in the 50 years since LBJ signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. We've elected eight presidents, watched our population grow and shift, gained knowledge about health and nutrition, enjoyed economic booms and survived recessions. Through it all, food stamps have been there, steadfastly providing better nutrition to hungry Americans. | 08/27/14 08:10:04 By - By JAMES WEILL
Fix what ails immigration now, or risk another 11 million unauthorized workers later. | 08/27/14 08:10:04 By - By TAMAR JACOBY
Political news gathering these days often consists of warnings about "donor fatigue," followed by excited updates on the dollar figure each candidate and party has collected. Given the complaints and overheated debates about all this, why don't we take the next logical step? Let's skip elections entirely and simply sell the offices to the candidates who offer the most cash. (Some cynics might say we already do that.) We could then easily fund Social Security and other programs and avoid those annoying robocalls, beseeching emails and ubiquitous television ads. | 08/27/14 08:10:04 By - By VICKI LEON
In early 1964 a friend called me up and asked if I wanted to hear the new Beatles album, "With the Beatles." It had come out in Britain a couple of months before, but no one I knew had heard it, or for that matter heard of it. My friend's father, an airplane pilot, had brought it back. It was just days after the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." | 08/27/14 08:10:04 By - By GREIL MARCUS
My son explained the gig this way: People are dumping buckets of ice water over themselves, filming it and posting the videos online. Then they tag three others, who have 24 hours to do the same or pay up. They're doing this in the name of ALS. | 08/27/14 08:10:01 By - By REKHA BASU
We've had plenty of rhetorical villains since the fatal police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, grandstanders stirring up fear in vengeful tones, and we've had violence and looting, mostly by non-residents taking advantage of a tragedy to enrich themselves. But we've had heroes, too, and, at the young man's funeral, we had calls for engaged citizenship and a stop to community disruption. | 08/27/14 08:10:01 By - By JAY AMBROSE
You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress. | 08/27/14 04:00:00 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, Aug. 26: | 08/26/14 08:10:06 By -
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The NFL will be visiting London this year. Three regular-season games are set for Wembley Stadium, where the NFL has touched down annually since 2007. It's not surprising that the NFL wants to expand into new territories. Under the logic of capitalism, nothing stays still: You expand or you decline - there is no other possibility. | 08/26/14 08:10:03 By - By MARK EDMUNDSON
The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship. | 08/26/14 08:10:03 By - By AARON DAVID MILLER
A few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more - the cynical commercialization of the sport, its cultish celebration of violence and the more subtle ways in which football warps our societal attitudes about race, gender and sexual orientation. | 08/26/14 08:10:03 By - By STEVE ALMOND
"Shareholder democracy" long has been derided as an oxymoron, like "military intelligence" or "jumbo shrimp." Yes, corporate managements bow endlessly to the mandate that they act exclusively in the shareholders' interest, but in real life they treat the poor sap with a few hundred shares as hardly more important than the night janitor. | 08/26/14 08:09:59 By - By MICHAEL HILTZIK
Being a war correspondent is glamorous and exciting, high up on the list of any aspiring young journalist. But it is also extremely dangerous under any circumstance but especially when those practicing it are pretty much on their own without the proper support or guidance. | 08/25/14 14:02:54 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
After American journalist James Foley suffered a gruesome decapitation on video last week, President Barack Obama called the event appalling, commiserated with Foley's parents via phone, and departed for a round of golf with ex-NBA star Alonzo Mourning. | 08/25/14 13:57:55 By - By JOHN M. CRISP
How do you deal with a hideous terrorist group that has morphed into a Mideast state with a huge war chest and an aggressive army - and beheads an American journalist? | 08/25/14 13:52:55 By - TRUDY RUBIN
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Amid reports of protesters breaking into a holding center in Liberia and carrying away Ebola patients, the current outbreak in West Africa threatens to transform from a local and contained problem to a pandemic with potential worldwide ramifications. | 08/25/14 08:18:09 By - By PHILIP M. ROSOFF
The attack ad is the defining feature of present-day elections. | 08/25/14 08:18:09 By - By ROBERT WEISSMAN
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Strategically speaking, the Iron Dome antimissile shield, precisely because of its effectiveness, has been disastrous for Israel: It has saved Hamas from destruction and it has helped to seriously undermine Israel's image as a civilized state in the eyes of many in the West. | 08/25/14 08:13:10 By - By BENNY MORRIS
By now, most people have seen friends or celebrities pour buckets of ice water over their heads as part of the "ice bucket challenge" for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. | 08/25/14 08:13:10 By - By ROY ROSIN, DAVID A. ASCH, AND RAINA MERCHANT
One day when I was in the fifth grade, my mother - a decorous Irish Catholic - drew clown lips around her mouth with lipstick, took off her clothes and wandered gibbering through the house. She smashed eggs on the kitchen floor, dumped flour and sugar on the goo, and splashed the counters with ketchup. My father came home, wrapped a coat around her, and bundled her off in the station wagon. | 08/25/14 08:13:07 By - By PATRICK O'CALLAHAN
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. | 08/24/14 04:00:00 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic. | 08/22/14 15:25:48 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
TO THE EDITOR: | 08/22/14 15:15:48 By - By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Aug. 21: | 08/22/14 08:15:50 By -
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Let's be honest. The United States has crossed the threshold on Iraq. We're in it to salvage the country - again - using American military might. | 08/22/14 08:15:50 By - By ROBIN WRIGHT
President Barack Obama gave vent this week to an uncharacteristic show of emotion over the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant jihadi group the Islamic State. He denounced the group as a "cancer" in the region and accused it of rampaging "across cities and villages, killing unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence" as it seized a third of Syria and Iraq. | 08/22/14 08:15:49 By - TRUDY RUBIN
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, Aug. 21: | 08/22/14 08:11:01 By -
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On the heels of more than 1.1 million Americans recently submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Internet openness, the FCC has announced that it will hold a series of "open Internet roundtable discussions" with the aim of clarifying to what extent communications law should be reinterpreted. Central to that proceeding is "net neutrality," a catchall term for severe regulation of broadband providers and Internet companies. This notion that the FCC should reinterpret the law and, for the first time ever, "reclassify" broadband as a public utility is perilous. | 08/22/14 08:10:59 By - By BRENT SKORUP
The events that have recently overtaken Ferguson, Mo., have exposed much more than just the vestiges of racial distrust and strained law enforcement-citizen relationships. | 08/22/14 08:10:56 By - By CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
A poll and a set of charts both say something important about the situation in Ferguson and around the country. The poll shows the divide between black and white reaction to the shooting, and the charts map the different worlds most white and black Americans inhabit. | 08/22/14 08:10:56 By - By JERRY LARGE
We need to keep teaching the arts in our schools. | 08/22/14 08:10:56 By - By GINA BARRECA
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American and European stock markets have been jumpy for weeks as they contemplate possible armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Inside Ukraine, certainly, Kiev's forces have been pushing back separatists supported by Moscow, and they've been surprisingly successful in the eyes of many, perhaps including Moscow, and have thus increased fears of a more direct Russian intervention. But while rumors of clashes last week contributed to the latest burst of market volatility, evidence of actual hostilities between national armies is scarce. | 08/21/14 08:15:57 By - By JOHN BOLTON
At a literary soiree in Paris, James Thurber was once told how much funnier his stories were in French. "Yes," he replied sadly. "My works lose something in the original." | 08/21/14 08:15:57 By - By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
In recent weeks, politicians and pundits have likened the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars to the Thirty Years' War and the other so-called religious wars that divided Europe in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It's easy to see what gave rise to the comparisons. In Europe, the warring parties were mostly Christians, but often one side supported Protestantism and the other Catholicism. In today's Middle East wars, the combatants are mostly Muslims, but Sunnis and Shiites tend to be on opposite sides. | 08/21/14 08:15:57 By - By PETER H. WILSON
WASHINGTON - Let's talk about buying used cars. | 08/21/14 08:15:54 By - By ANN MCFEATTERS
For several years, debate over President Barack Obama's international policies has followed a simple partisan pattern. | 08/21/14 08:15:54 By - By CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Dear national media: Please stop asking former Seattle police chiefs how to quell the riots outside St. Louis. | 08/21/14 08:15:54 By - By DANNY WESTNEAT
Americans are probably not unique in treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly. | 08/21/14 08:15:54 By - By MICHAEL HILTZIK
The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume that this kind of epidemic is unusual. However, localized epidemic disease has been a part of the biological system of the planet since the origin of life. Pandemics in which the spread of disease can encompass a continent or the world are just as ancient a process. | 08/21/14 08:10:59 By - By BILL MILLER
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday night I joined approximately 150 protesters, who formed a line stretching across West Florissant Avenue. | 08/21/14 08:10:59 By - By ROBERT BRUCE WARE
Not to put a damper on ice buckets, but... | 08/20/14 13:35:48 By - By REG HENRY
The bucolic views of 2,000 acres of Wales countryside surrounding Celtic Manor just outside Newport are magnificent. But they won't help 67 heads of state, who will be there for the September 4-5 NATO summit, view the one thing they most urgently need to see. | 08/20/14 13:35:48 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
Disagree with someone's politics? Forget the ballot box, indict the bum and stick him in prison if you can. It's a dangerous, totalitarian-threatening, un-American trend, says the wonderfully worthy Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who told Newsmax he was nothing short of outraged by recent doings in Texas. Everyone else should be, too, he said, whether liberal or conservative. | 08/20/14 13:35:48 By - By JAY AMBROSE
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Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system. | 08/20/14 08:16:00 By - By ERIC H. HOLDER JR.
It's fashionable to declare the death of "newspapers." And, by "newspapers" I mean those media operations that bring news of the world and your community to your doorstep and/or to the device screen of your choosing. | 08/20/14 08:15:58 By - By STEVE PAUL
Six months ago, Bill Zweitzig, a 38-year-old jazz musician and glass blower, moved his family from Pennsylvania to Colorado to sell something he had experience selling: marijuana. This time, though, he's on salary and doesn't risk arrest. | 08/20/14 08:15:58 By - By REKHA BASU
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In the chorus of voices protesting the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., one stood out: President Barack Obama's. On the surface, what he said was routine in a presidential, consoler in chief kind of way: We've lost an 18-year-old whose family would "never hold Michael in their arms again." The significance was not the particular words, but the fact that Obama was defining Brown first and foremost as a human being - a son whose parents are grieving his sudden and permanent absence. With that standard presidential pronoun "we," Obama was implying something else radical: The death was a loss not just for the Browns and Ferguson, but for the whole nation. Michael Brown, he was saying, was one of us. All of us. | 08/20/14 08:10:57 By - By ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN
What next? | 08/20/14 04:00:00 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
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Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday took the long-overdue action to order Missouri National Guard troops to Ferguson. They will try to help end the unrest and violence that followed peaceful protests in recent days over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. | 08/19/14 08:11:50 By -
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As if monitoring the Pentagon's enormous budget were not difficult enough, every year Congress also has to deal with a separate war budget. Known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, account, it is submitted separately. It was originally meant to cover the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it has since grown into an all-purpose funding mechanism for almost anything the Pentagon wants. | 08/19/14 08:11:46 By - By WILLIAM D. HARTUNG
It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. | 08/19/14 08:11:43 By - By DAVID NICKLAUS
Why did the Ferguson Police Department leave the body of Michael Brown uncovered in the hot street after a police officer killed him? | 08/19/14 08:11:43 By - By JAMES E. CAUSEY
Some ideas are so good that their appeal is immediately compelling. | 08/18/14 14:26:28 By - By JOHN M. CRISP
Being a governor seems to be risky business these days. | 08/18/14 14:26:28 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales. | 08/18/14 14:26:28 By - By CARL HIAASEN
There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: "lame duck." | 08/18/14 14:21:28 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Aug. 15: | 08/18/14 08:12:02 By -
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If we are going to have a meaningful conversation about our national security policies, we need to be honest about what those policies entail. | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By CURT GOERING
The word "spoiler," when applied only to small-party candidates, is an epithet of political bigotry. It says to people who want to enter the electoral arena and talk about ignored but important issues that they should not do so. | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By RALPH NADER
After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Barack Obama's recent acknowledgment that "we tortured some folks" felt like a milestone. Even in its spare, reductive phrasing, the president's statement opened up the possibility, finally, of national reflection, contrition and accountability. | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By JAMEEL JAFFER AND LARRY SIEMS
We are all shocked and saddened by last week's pparent suicide of Robin Williams. It leaves us all with a number of questions, including: | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By ANN ROSEN SPECTOR
When the Los Angeles Times reported that the number of Advanced Placement exams taken in the Los Angeles Unified School District had hit an all-time high, I couldn't help but wonder: Is that a good thing? Do AP courses help high school students gain admission to prestigious colleges? | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By BRIAN GIBBS
Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? It's quite clear that black men have an existential fear of the police. | 08/18/14 08:11:56 By - By FRED MCKISSACK
One of the remarkable aspects of the war between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian extremist groups in Gaza has been the degree to which Israelis stood together in almost complete consensus about the rightness of their country's cause. | 08/18/14 08:11:51 By - By FRIDA GHITIS
Many observers who read Jeffrey Goldberg's interview of Hillary Clinton in the Atlantic interpreted it as a formal declaration of independence from President Barack Obama. I doubt that was the intention. | 08/18/14 08:11:51 By - By MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. | 08/17/14 04:00:00 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
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Seventy-five-year-old George Ayyad stands calmly near his 31-year-old son, Jeries, who has been in a coma in the intensive care unit of St. Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem for two weeks. The elder Ayyad, who had the duty of ringing the church bells at the Orthodox Church in Gaza city, has lost his wife, Jalila, and is waiting to find out the fate of his son, whose legs were amputated. | 08/15/14 08:11:34 By - By DAOUD KUTTAB
The hot, noisy deck of an aircraft carrier during flight operations is a dangerous inferno of a place: deafeningly loud in the blast of jet exhaust, the wash of rotor blades and the stench of jet fuel. But every catapult launch that sends a Super Hornet out over the Persian Gulf projects the power of American might. | 08/15/14 08:11:34 By - By RICHARD PARKER
Neil Cavuto, a broadcaster with the Fox Business Network, can't be blamed for looking askance at the decision by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for cancelling the Washington professional football team's ownership of the name "Redskins" and the patent protections that go with it. | 08/15/14 08:11:34 By - By TIM GIAGO (NANWICA KCIJI)
The woman was pointing to my book on the American Revolution. She was inquiring if I believed people were fed up with the way the country was being run and ready for a repeat of 1776. | 08/15/14 08:11:34 By - By BRUCE E. MOWDAY
Americans had spent days watching round-the-clock coverage of the escalating tensions in Ferguson, Missouri when President Obama acknowledged that we are "deeply disturbed" by the situation. | 08/15/14 08:11:31 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
When I was growing up, my parents often gave me pep talks that were different from the ones my white male friends got from their parents. | 08/15/14 08:11:31 By - By JAMES E. CAUSEY
Convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or die. | 08/15/14 08:11:31 By - By CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
I first heard about Robin Williams' death while I was standing in line at my mother's viewing and a friend's BlackBerry dinged with the news alert from CNN. | 08/15/14 08:11:31 By - By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
I used to know how things worked. Now I don't have a clue. | 08/15/14 08:11:31 By - By GINA BARRECA
Keep those umbrellas close. It's about to start pouring garbage in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. With 12 weeks to go, a race already largely devoid of meaningful and substantive policy discussions is threatening to get intensely personal. | 08/13/14 12:06:46 By - Sam Youngman
"If your mayor hasnt signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness, light up their phone lines and ask them why not." | 07/30/14 21:00:00 By - By Michelle Obama
The collective gasp heard around the world after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is a recognition that what just happened is different. Civilian casualties in war zones are, unfortunately, all too common, sometimes outpacing the deaths of combatants. But this wanton act of shooting down a civilian airliner falls under a whole new category of terror. | 07/19/14 07:41:30 By - Markos Kounalakis
Perhaps averting another standoff with Democrats, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took a small step earlier this week by allocating an additional $10 billion to continue to paying for freeway projects nationwide. | 07/18/14 08:11:33 By - Editorial Board
First, the border hawks lied about the children coming to Texas. | 07/16/14 05:50:27 By - Bud Kennedy
The merits of the death penalty have been and will continue to be debated as long as justice is viewed through a personal prism. I believe that a society must impose the most draconian punishment for the most heinous crimes, otherwise we do violence to the humanity of the victim. Others have a legitimate, heartfelt and sober belief that the government has no right to essentially “murder” one of its citizens. | 05/02/14 10:34:43 By - Christine M. Flowers
Its been a rough week for Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks. Her email and voicemail have been flooded with messages some of them stern and others Sterno-hot with anger about a line she wrote in a weekend piece about disgraced and freshly banned Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling after his recorded racist remarks about black people. | 05/01/14 10:29:23 By - By William Douglas
She had to drag hockey into this mess. In a weekend column in the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks wrote that its time for Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling to give up ownership of his National Basketball Association team in the wake of recordings on which he purportedly makes racist comments about black people. Banks offers a novel solution for Sterling if he wants to stay in the sports business. | 04/29/14 13:13:47 By - By William Douglas
Mark Emmert responds to Tacoma News Tribune column. "Converting student-athletes into unionized employees throws the baby out with the bath water," he writes. | 04/20/14 09:01:22 By - By Mark Emmert
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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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