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He's done it again. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has startled and dismayed the world. After an arduous diplomatic process to define the terms of a future international presence in Afghanistan, he balked at the last second, like a white-eyed horse in front of a jump. | 12/04/13 08:11:11 By - By SARAH CHAYES
There's mounting evidence that the college-for-all model isn't working. Even students who graduate emerge saddled with debt and often without the skills they need to make a decent living. | 12/04/13 09:50:03 By - By TAMAR JACOBY
RICHMOND, Va. _ The goal of research and development is to produce new or improved products. To stay competitive, companies allocate a part of their resources to R&D, which is generally considerable for startup and high-technology firms. | 12/04/13 08:11:11 By - By MOHAMED GAD-EL-HAK
If Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his parade of official proclaimers truly meant everything they've always said about pursuing a nuclear program only for peaceful energy and medical research purposes, then you'd figure Tehran's elites should be bummed out by their bad timing. | 12/04/13 09:55:42 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
A couple of weeks ago, accosted on the street by paparazzi, MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin spontaneously uncorked a homophobic slur. The result: The network kicked him off the air, for good. | 12/04/13 09:54:14 By - By GLENN GARVIN
"Corporations are people, my friend," presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously declared during an Iowa State Fair visit in 2011 after a heckler challenged him to support raising corporate taxes. "Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people." | 12/04/13 10:00:09 By - By REKHA BASU
Should non-Catholics care what Pope Francis says? Of course. His is a big, big voice, he is a good, good Christian man, and millions just may be swayed when he says capitalism hurts the poor. His high intentions in a recent papal statement are the kind forever paving the road to more socialist bedevilment, and we all have a stake in that. | 12/04/13 08:11:08 By - By JAY AMBROSE
I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. | 12/04/13 09:52:22 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
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I recently found myself in a Moscow court explaining why the civil rights group I run would not be registering as a "foreign agent," despite being ordered to do so by prosecutors. | 12/03/13 08:11:10 By - By NATALIA TAUBINA
I served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Libya before, during and after the attack, and I saw firsthand how playing politics with Benghazi directly hurts our interests in Libya and beyond. | 12/03/13 10:04:37 By - By MIECZYSLAW P. BODUSZYNSKI
Years ago, I wrote a column that asked whether the term "Christian conservative" was an oxymoron. At that time, I'd seen little evidence of the compassionate conservatism that George W. Bush had called for, and it seems we've gone downhill since. | 12/03/13 08:11:10 By - By KAREN OWEN
The family that runs the 578-store, Oklahoma City-based chain of Hobby Lobby stores has made a powerful argument against the Affordable Care Act's requirement that its employee health insurance include all forms of FDA-approved contraceptive care. | 12/03/13 08:11:07 By - By MIKE NORMAN
Technology and revolutionary changes in energy, banking and manufacturing will force a sunset on Western dominance. | 12/03/13 08:11:07 By - By LEWIS W. DIUGUID
I'm in health-care purgatory. Since sunrise on the day of the launch, Oct. 1, I've attempted to shop for health insurance at healthcare.gov. Almost eight weeks later, I still haven't been successful in accessing quotes online for insurance. | 12/03/13 08:11:07 By - By MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Following the Geneva agreement between the six world powers and Iran, the Israelis were caught in the dilemma of whom they should believe: their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who had said that this was a bad deal, a historical blunder and that the Iranians got everything they wanted and gave nothing back; or President Obama, who had praised the agreement because, in his words, "for the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back." | 12/03/13 08:11:07 By - By URI DROMI
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year. | 12/02/13 11:10:54 By - By DANIEL FINK
Don't look now, but auditions for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are already under way in Washington. And the flavor of the moment is - governors. | 12/02/13 09:50:36 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
I'm not so sure the nation is well served these days or perhaps ever was by limiting the terms of its chief executive. The negatives have come to outweigh the positives. | 12/02/13 09:49:02 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
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When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his red line across a cartoon bomb at the United Nations in September 2012, he highlighted the most pressing issue with Iran's nuclear program: the Islamic Republic's ability to enrich uranium to near-bomb grade. If Iran enriched enough uranium to 20 percent purity, Netanyahu warned, it could further enrich it for a bomb in "a few months or a few weeks." | 12/02/13 08:15:58 By - By JOSEPH CIRINCIONE
India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population. | 12/02/13 08:15:58 By - By LESTER R. BROWN
The outrage sparked by the clumsy handling of a Nazi-looted art trove in Munich, which was revealed this month, shows the urgent need for transparency in the art world, from museums to auction houses to private collections. | 12/02/13 08:15:58 By - By ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR
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The N-word again. Of course. | 12/02/13 09:51:29 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
America will soon nod respectfully to the first anniversary of the 26 murders that "shocked the nation" last year, sparking fervent cries for action. | 11/29/13 12:40:56 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
If you want to get into an argument with a woman, compliment her. | 11/29/13 10:13:52 By - By GINA BARRECA
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Christmas was all around, yet there was no Christmas for me. Not until I woke up one morning and snowflakes the size of saucers were floating down from the sky. In my excitement, my eyes also became the size of saucers. | 11/29/13 10:12:20 By - By ARTHUR J. MAGIDA
Americans are a generous people. During the holiday season, we are busy buying gifts and donating to the needy, and are quick to pull out the checkbook or text funds when a typhoon strikes the Philippines. | 11/29/13 10:08:32 By - By TRUDY RUBIN
We are desperately searching for a topic on which the White House may speak without raising the hackles of every breathing Republican. It is difficult. | 11/29/13 10:07:17 By - By ANN MCFEATTERS
Last week I made one of my sons return a delightful but ridiculously expensive birthday present he got me. Not because the gift and the thought behind it weren't welcome, but because he just joined the working world, New York is an expensive city to live in, and he's got school loans. Our family will be better off once that debt is repaid. | 11/29/13 10:05:46 By - By REKHA BASU
If economic sanctions were key to forcing Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program, wouldn't more sanctions have an even greater effect? | 11/27/13 10:35:55 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
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With all the attention surrounding important new guidelines that will greatly expand the number of Americans who could benefit from taking anti-cholesterol medication, it's important to note that far too many women aren't learning early enough about their risks for heart disease in the first place. | 11/27/13 08:16:05 By - By C. NOEL BAIREY MERZ AND IRENE POLLIN
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary. | 11/27/13 08:16:05 By - By MICHAEL SHERMER
Nationwide, 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent each year. All too often, no one notices or even cares if these kids don't show up. | 11/27/13 08:16:05 By - By ROBERT BALFANZ
The Carterization of Barack Obama's presidency, a largely self-inflicted debacle, has overtaken America's once popular and trusted young chief executive with stunning, startling rapidity. | 11/27/13 09:52:15 By - By MARTIN SCHRAM
Democrats in the U.S. Senate have ended filibusters on presidential nominations for judicial and executive positions, and there are a few things to say about that. It is spit in the face of a proud American tradition. It will further the autocratic ambitions of our president. It will exacerbate partisan turmoil. And it sets a precedent that could eventually haunt the left as much as the right. | 11/27/13 09:54:43 By - By JAY AMBROSE
According to one of South Korea's largest newspapers, JoongAng Ilbo, the Pyongyang regime executed 80 North Korean citizens in one day, for crimes including watching smuggled videos or owning a Bible. | 11/27/13 09:53:42 By - By FRIDA GHITIS
If you liked "wilding," you're gonna love the "knockout game." | 11/27/13 09:56:48 By - By ROBIN ABCARIAN
You may not dance. | 11/27/13 09:56:11 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
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Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. | 11/26/13 08:15:58 By - By ANDREW SLACK
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. | 11/26/13 08:15:58 By - By MICHAEL P. JONES
It's easy to have mixed emotions about the change in Senate rules that overturns the filibuster employed to block most presidential nominees. | 11/26/13 09:58:31 By - By DAN K. THOMASSON
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In more than 40 years as a pediatrician, I've worked in the military, in a small private practice and in a large multi-specialty group. And I've seen huge changes, both in administrative practices and in treatment protocols. | 11/26/13 08:11:09 By - By RICHARD M. BUCHTA
This month's surge of commemoratives marking the assassination of President Kennedy is just the opening bell for a media observance that will go on for years - the 50th anniversary of the Sixties. | 11/26/13 09:55:49 By - By EDWARD WASSERMAN
A stigma of shame stalks government health care for the poor and could affect the education children receive in school. | 11/26/13 10:00:11 By - By LEWIS DIUGUID
Listen up, if you can still hear me. | 11/26/13 10:02:14 By - By JOHN M. CRISP
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year. | 11/26/13 10:00:56 By - By TRUDY RUBIN
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Is Hassan Rouhani really another Mikhail Gorbachev - another leader of a dictatorship with whom the U.S. can (and should) "do business," in Margaret Thatcher's phrase? | 11/25/13 09:59:49 By - By MAX BOOT
As the nation mourned the death of President John F. Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, and throughout that painful weekend, no one could have imagined that on Monday, the 25th, there would be three funerals of three murder victims inextricably and eternally tied to the tragic event in Dallas. | 11/25/13 10:07:12 By - By BOB RAY SANDERS
A simple request: Please stop calling Sarah Palin names. | 11/25/13 10:06:13 By - By ROBIN ABCARIAN
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Remember Edward Snowden? For a while, the National Security Agency's renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he's been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden's disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in Congress for reforming the NSA's surveillance practices - and anger overseas when he revealed that American spies were listening to foreign leaders' cellphone calls. | 11/25/13 10:01:48 By - By DOYLE MCMANUS
With George Zimmerman out on bail last week after his latest run-in with police, it seems an opportune time to discuss the second killing of Trayvon Martin. | 11/25/13 10:00:47 By - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
Just in time for the holidays, your low-wage employer wants you to know it really cares. And would you mind tidying up the condiment stand on your way to the soup kitchen? | 11/22/13 13:50:54 By - By MARY SANCHEZ
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Amid all the dissection of John F. Kennedy's legacy this week, one achievement has gone largely unnoticed: his role in kick-starting the modern women's movement. | 11/22/13 10:50:54 By - By SHAUNA SHAMES AND PAMELA O'LEARY
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Marguerite Oswald, at that moment the most notorious mother in America, was being dropped off at her Fort Worth home by FBI agents on the morning I met her 50 years ago this month. The bureau had taken Mrs. Oswald into protective custody after the Dallas Police Department arrested her son, Lee Harvey Oswald, and charged him with the murder of President John F. Kennedy. | 11/22/13 10:40:55 By - By A.J. LANGGUTH
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Catholics can generally be divided into three groups: the "devout," the "I doubt," and the "I'm out." | 11/22/13 11:07:44 By - By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
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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
A faint promise of hope and change filtered through the Washington chatter in the days preceding President Barack Obamas swearing in for a second term. | 01/25/13 06:01:44 By - Mary Sanchez
When I was a child, many white Americans, and most of them in the South, considered Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists to be radicals and trouble-makers. Some even called them "communists." | 01/25/13 06:05:17 By - Tom Eblen
A 44-year-old poet raised in Miami, the first Cuban American and the first openly gay person ever to deliver a presidential inauguration poem, he used the earth star to frame his composition, One Today, at Mondays ceremony before the U.S. Capitol. Blanco found poetic significance in tracing the many disparate American lives, the truck drivers and school children, the waitpersons and accountants, upon whom it sheds light during its daily trek across the sky. | 01/25/13 06:10:49 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
When Texas sheriffs say they won't enforce "unconstitutional" gun laws, it means only one thing.
They think voters are dumb enough to believe them. | 01/24/13 06:01:50 By - Bud Kennedy
On a cold night at the northeast end of Stockton, a California Department of Justice agent wearing a bulletproof vest beneath his black uniform knocked on the door of a small tract home. A 65-year-old man living alone peeked out. | 01/24/13 06:03:45 By - Dan Morain
The United States prides itself on having a market economy. But does that philosophy really have to extend to the selling of government jobs as well? | 01/22/13 06:02:24 By - Dennis Jett
Theres never a shortage of oversimplifications and stretched analogies this time of year, Martin Luther King Jr.s birthday. | 01/21/13 06:05:35 By - Mary Sanchez
When Martin Luther King Jr. made his most famous speech during the Great March on Washington in 1963, Barack Hussein Obama was 2 years and 24 days old. | 01/21/13 06:04:00 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Sometimes the simplest solutions work best.
With the nation still exhausted from several breathless weeks on the brink of the fiscal cliff, the new year began with another crisis in Washington. This time its the debt ceiling | 01/21/13 06:01:02 By - Terry Plumb
Does torture work?
It is a Bush-era debate that has found Obama-era relevance because of a new movie, Zero Dark Thirty, in which torture seems to work quite well. | 01/20/13 06:03:07 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
This is going to shock you. Youd better sit down.
On second thought, dont. It might kill you. | 01/20/13 06:09:51 By - James Werrell
King Day weekends mean parades, or speeches, or TV specials.
We forget what they really mean. | 01/19/13 06:03:42 By - Bud Kennedy
Most Americans, even those who pay little attention to politics and Washingtons squabbling, understand that the government has a huge debt and deficit problem. The phrase trillion-dollar deficits is a leitmotif of the Obama years. | 01/19/13 06:02:35 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
I just marked one of those birthdays where the odometer flips over two digits, the kind of milestone that reminds you nature is relentlessly serious about that ashes-to-ashes thing. | 01/19/13 06:01:29 By - Mark Washburn
The Senate must immediately vote on U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz, the experienced nominee for the Third Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated the highly qualified jurist fifteen months ago with the enthusiastic support of New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie. Because the opening that Shwartz would fill can delay appellate resolution and has been empty since June 2011, New Jersey Democratic Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, who robustly support Shwartz, must encourage the chamber to rapidly vote on her. | 01/18/13 13:24:51 By - Carl Tobias
An otherwise intelligent friend of mine launched a recent Facebook rant against weapons that automatically feed bullets and can fire 100 rounds per second. I just dont get why the Average Joe needs one. Can you explain it to me? I couldnt, I admitted. But I could explain that there is no hand-held gun in the world that fires that fast. | 01/18/13 06:05:10 By - Glenn Garvin
Heres a better idea for arming the nations teachers.
Lets do it with knowledge, support and resources about the mental health of children. | 01/18/13 06:01:02 By - Mary Sanchez
Two weeks ago on a cross-country flight I checked three bags, and when I unpacked I found three printed memos from the Transportation Security Administration indicating that theyd each been searched. | 01/17/13 06:01:52 By - Edward Wasserman
A dozen years into the new century, we still hadnt settled on what to call the 2000s.
The oughts? | 01/17/13 06:15:26 By - Keith Chrostowski
I suddenly find myself concerned about my blackness.
It had never occurred to me to worry about it before. Then came the incident last month on ESPNs First Take program that initially got commentator Rob Parker suspended and then, last week, fired outright. It seems Parker, who is African American, analyzed what he saw as the insufficient blackness of Robert Griffin III, rookie quarterback for the Washington, D.C., football team that is named for a racial slur. | 01/16/13 06:03:14 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday plans to submit his recommendations to President Barack Obama on new gun control proposals.
But dont expect the National Rifle Associations buy-in. Bidens plan includes limits on high-capacity magazines, improved background checks on gun buyers and promotion of gun safety. | 01/15/13 06:03:52 By - Lewis W. Diuguid