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
This month at a picnic shelter at Umstead State Park in Raleigh, they plan to gather and trade notes about preparing for a disaster.
These are not FEMA or EMS folks. FEMA and local government services will be useless when this trouble comes. This will be big: a collapse of the government, nationwide riots, famine, plagues, nuclear war. People will be on their own. | 01/15/13 06:11:02 By - Ned Barnett
Would you like to make some extra money, and at the same time run the risk of being eaten by a carnivorous reptile the size of a war canoe? | 01/14/13 06:52:40 By - Dave Barry
Dear Mr. Obama,
I am 12 years old and in seventh grade. | 01/14/13 06:01:09 By - Joe Tarica
Pop quiz: Whos the bigger tax cutter, Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan?
Answer: Obama. The fiscal cliff agreement, signed early this year, cuts expected federal income tax revenue by about $1.8 trillion over the next five years, while the famous supply-side Reagan tax cuts in 1981 cost the government about $1.5 trillion, in inflation-adjusted cash, over their first five years. | 01/14/13 06:03:22 By - Dave Helling
Two weeks ago the subject of this column was how soon America consigned mass shootings to historys dustbin, a factor in the gun lobbys ability to stifle debate over sensible rules on gun ownership. | 01/13/13 06:03:31 By - Terry Plumb
Thursday, Mae Suramek grabbed a cup of coffee at Berea Coffee & Tea and left an extra $4 to pay for the next customer's order.
It was another of her random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 adults and children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. | 01/13/13 06:03:42 By - Merlene Davis
If were serious about sending forth an army of gun-toting, beer-drinking, redneck snake-hunters to wade into the Everglades and eradicate the python hordes, were going to need more than a couple of piddling cash prizes. | 01/12/13 06:15:54 By - Fred Grimm
French movie star Gerard Depardieu made the wrong choice by seeking Belgian and Russian citizenship to avoid paying higher taxes in France. He should have moved to Mexico. | 01/12/13 06:08:16 By - Andres Oppenheimer
A former Republican senator who served his country well is nominated by the president for secretary of defense, a post for which he is eminently qualified. | 01/11/13 06:04:29 By - Bob Ray Sanders
One of the frustrations for a newspaper opinion columnist is the inability to know, with any certainty, whether commentary on a controversial issue has found its intended mark. | 01/11/13 06:00:20 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Two unrelated items popped up on the laptop screen last week. No, that's wrong. They're not unrelated at all. | 01/11/13 06:10:04 By - Dusty Nix
Exposed. That, in a word, is how you feel when someone broadcasts your home address without your knowledge, against your wishes. Your correspondent speaks from experience. Six years ago when white supremacists published my home address and phone number on their web sites, the first thing I felt was vulnerable. | 01/10/13 06:03:10 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Dinner-table conversation is a favored pastime at our house. | 01/10/13 06:10:04 By - Mike Norman
Seldom has a single vote in Congress appeared as cold-blooded and hard-headed as one cast by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., last week. | 01/09/13 13:32:51 By -
The war on marijuana is going up in smoke, and its about time. There is no bigger waste of money and resources in all law enforcement. | 01/09/13 06:09:57 By - Carl Hiaasen
Dick Armey says buying $1 million in ads from Glenn Beck was a waste of campaign money.
Heck, I could have told him that. | 01/09/13 06:02:43 By - Bud Kennedy
I never make New Years resolutions. Why set myself up for failure when there are so many naturally occurring opportunities to fail throughout the year? | 01/08/13 06:03:35 By - James Werrell
After nine years of legal wrangling, the relationship between American commerce and cats cats of the six-toed variety has been decided. | 01/07/13 06:02:55 By - Fred Grimm
If only the people intent on dissecting Hillary Clinton's blood clot would channel that energy in more productive ways. | 01/07/13 03:41:12 By - Linda P. Campbell
Here's a sad fact as we near the end of 2012: The editorial director of an influential California news organization, one that says it is dedicated to producing "stories that hold those in power accountable," believes there should be fewer voices dedicated to that cause. | 01/06/13 06:07:59 By - Stuart Leavenworth
There was something reassuring about the wave of public sorrow over the Newtown massacre. After Tucson, after Aurora, after the mass shootings in a dozen other places that you or I couldnt name events that were shrugged off within days I was no longer convinced of the publics capacity to respond to such horror in the right way: with outrage, with regret, with something close to determination. | 01/06/13 06:06:20 By - Edward Wasserman
What can you say about a year in which the crowning achievement was that the world didn't end? But you can hardly make fun of the Mayans for getting it wrong so long ago. It made even less sense close up. | 01/05/13 06:02:15 By - Glenn Garvin
At a speaking engagement for a large civic group a few years ago, I was introduced by someone using information he had gotten from a colleague. | 01/05/13 06:09:29 By - Bob Ray Sanders
To mark the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, we found Father Time on his way out the door to wherever guys like him go and engaged him in his last interview. | 01/04/13 06:07:09 By - Peter Callaghan
One of the major points of contentions in the aftermath of the housing debacle was whether the Community Reinvestment Act an anti-redlining law contributed to the disaster. | 01/04/13 06:02:35 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Two months before Adam Lanza used one of his company's guns to massacre 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, George Kollitides talked about threats he perceived to his children. | 01/03/13 06:04:03 By - Dan Morain
One of my more foolhardy endeavors at the beginning of each year is to make some predictions of what is likely to happen during the upcoming year in North Carolina government and politics.
If nothing else, the exercise teaches one to be humble. | 01/03/13 06:05:38 By - Rob Christensen
Seeing "Chasing Ice," a new movie that chronicles the rapid disappearance of the world's glaciers as man-made climate change proceeds, I was reminded of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." | 01/02/13 06:02:26 By - Pia Lopez
On New Years Day, it will be 150 years since Abraham Lincoln set black people free from slavery.
And there is no such thing as black people. | 01/01/13 06:05:11 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Guns dont kill people, teachers do.
At least thats the intent of a bill introduced by state Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, that would give South Carolina teachers and other public school employees the right to carry guns on school grounds as long as they have concealed weapons permits. Lowe says the bill would be one way to protect kids if a school comes under attack. | 01/01/13 08:03:24 By - James Werrell
Lock Rush Limbaugh in a closet.
Shut the door and keep it sealed until hes deceased. | 01/01/13 08:06:00 By - Mary Sanchez
It was a cruel, cruel year a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. | 12/31/12 06:57:18 By - Dave Barry
As a kid, I took piano lessons. It was fulfilling. Even as a teenager, I didnt begrudge the practice time. I even enjoyed scales.
I went off to college and there was no piano, although I could have found one if I had tried. But I was busy with school. I told myself Id return to the piano someday. | 12/31/12 06:07:46 By - Barbara Shelly
My compilation of quotes saved up over the year runneth over. | 12/31/12 06:08:17 By - Keith Chrostowski
The last thing a pair of high school football coaches, a fifth-grade math teacher and a sixth-grade principal ever thought they would have to consider is adding a gun permit to their skill set. | 12/30/12 06:02:14 By - Mac Engel
Death stalks our diplomats, our aid workers, our businessmen and our Peace Corps volunteers. And unless we figure out how to live with this threat, we will find ourselves increasingly pushed into a corner and separated from the people of the world with whom we share this planet and all its wonders and troubles. | 12/30/12 06:04:55 By - Ben Barber
Most media lists of the most important events of 2012 are led by headlines such as the reelection of President Barack Obama, the appointment of Chinas new leader Xi Jinping, the revolt in Syria, the return to power of Mexicos ruling PRI party and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávezs battle with cancer. | 12/30/12 06:06:21 By - Andres Oppenheimer
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle assumes senior status after 14 years of dedicated service. That means the judiciary has 78 openings in 856 judgeships, the Fifth Circuit has two in 17 and the Texas District Courts has five in 41. | 12/29/12 06:05:03 By - Carl Tobias
Guns don't kill people; mentally disturbed people with easy access to guns kill people. The problem is simple and obvious. The solutions are anything but that. | 12/29/12 06:05:57 By - Tom Eblen
Happy birthday, Jesus!
For a country that persecutes Christians, China sure profits from Christmas. | 12/29/12 06:04:03 By - Marc Caputo
It could have been a scene out of some comic opera the wire service photo of North Koreas pudgy boy dictator, strutting ceremoniously, followed by a half-dozen uniformed military officers, all applauding him in unison as they walked. | 12/29/12 06:19:58 By - C.W. Gusewelle
The recent slaughter of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., immediately spurred responses that were both predictable and contradictory.
Elected officials across America, including President Barack Obama, declared that the nation must pass stricter laws to keep guns, especially assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza. | 12/28/12 06:05:15 By - Terry Plumb
The Issue: The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., elicited an outpouring of political responses, notably calls for stronger gun control. On Sunday, President Barack Obama said any solution would be hard. "We're not doing enough, and we will have to change," he told victims' families. "We can't tolerate this anymore." | 12/28/12 06:01:30 By - Ben Boychuk and Pia Lopez
No more distractions. No more fake arguments that lead nowhere.
It's about the weapons the AR-15 assault rifles and variations of them that were meant for military use but are being used to kill civilians with frightening speed and ease. | 12/27/12 06:02:10 By - Marcos Breton
One of the merits of that challenged institution known as the print newspaper is its ability to sum up the mood of the day, which this week would have to be described as grim astonishment. | 12/27/12 06:04:26 By - Barbara Shelly
Millions of words have already been written about the Sandy Hook massacre, and millions more are coming. Well argue about gun control, violent video games, poor mental health services, inadequate school security. | 12/24/12 06:02:23 By - Dave Helling
At this writing, the Christmas tree in our living room is standing.
That may not sound like news to some, but thats only because they werent around a week ago to see me holding up the 10-foot evergreen behemoth, yelling at my wife who was on the telephone calling a friend to come help. | 12/24/12 06:05:54 By - Terry Plumb
America lost one of its iconic brands last month when Hostess, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other staples of postwar Middle America, closed up shop. | 12/23/12 06:02:28 By - Mary Sanchez
Maybe the great rock stars of the 60s can find a way to avoid getting stuck in the nostalgia gig. I was thinking this while I stayed up way too late watching the 12-12-12 benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Producers obviously rigged the show to appeal to the people with money to donate to the cause: aging baby-boomers who will tune in any time to watch geriatric guitar heroes from the past. | 12/23/12 06:01:50 By - James Werrell
“Tice was captured in Syria four months ago. While the wait for news on his whereabouts drags on, we wanted to make the case for why work such as his is so vital and why he should be released.” | 12/23/12 00:00:00 By - By Anders Gyllenhaal and Marcus Brauchli
Here is the concealed-carry version of solving school violence: Reading, writing and target practice. | 12/22/12 06:02:17 By - Mary Sanchez
In honor of the end of 2012, here are updated lyrics to some of your favorite holiday (OK, Christmas) songs. | 12/22/12 06:07:49 By - Peter Callaghan
They need to change the subject. Turn the conversation away from questions about assault rifles and high-capacity magazines and 26 first-graders and teachers mutilated by high-velocity bullets on a cold Connecticut morning. | 12/22/12 06:23:25 By - Fred Grimm
I worked once at a union newspaper up North. It was a comfortable place, with good pay for the size of the paper. I knew that didnt happen by accident. | 12/22/12 06:09:19 By - Peter St. Onge
While it is impossible to eliminate heartbreaking attacks like that in Newtown; it is possible to make that level of violence less likely. At the same time, it is important to recognize that no single policy will fix the problem; rather, the achievement of even limited success will result from the cumulative effects of a range of policies. Policy responses should thus not only focus on eliminating guns, but rather, should also propose new ways to alter the relationships of guns, mental health and violence. | 12/21/12 06:05:19 By - Scott Sigmund Gartner
I'm not sure when I stopped believing in Santa Claus the individual, but it was well before I first admitted it to my parents -- for two reasons: | 12/21/12 04:28:59 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Oh, great. Another bit of gloomy news: Last week, the Federal Reserve issued a 2013 forecast more pessimistic than its previous one. More evidence were doomed, I suppose fated to fall from the fiscal cliff, and even if we dont collide with economic armageddon at the bottom, theres sure to be something really bad down there. | 12/21/12 06:03:39 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
An open letter to those holding our son, Austin Tice. Our family is longing for the safe return of our cherished son and beloved brother Austin, who was taken captive while working as a journalist in Syria. So many things have happened in the more than 18 weeks he has been missing. We missed him terribly at the family gathering for the feast of Thanksgiving. We are a close-knit family, sharing so many memories and traditions. Now, as we prepare for the joyful celebration of Christmas, we desperately want our family to be whole. Our hearts are heavy to think his chair may once again be empty at our family table; we dread missing his great storytelling and contagious laugh. | 12/20/12 16:05:42 By - By Marc and Debra Tice
Lets hope the dude shoots better than he reads.
In a column written hours after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, I adopted along with many of you the same position as President Barack Obama: The immediate aftermath of the shooting was not the time to talk about regulating guns, he said. It was a time for us as a nation to mourn and rally together. | 12/20/12 06:03:58 By - Barry Saunders
We dont care that more than two dozen people mostly children aged 5 to 10 were gunned down in an elementary school in Connecticut. | 12/20/12 06:02:03 By - Issac J. Bailey
Florida will hit the 1 million-mark for concealed-weapon permit-holders in the coming days, a stat reported last week that received scant attention. | 12/20/12 06:15:50 By - Marc Caputo
We don't know why Adam Lanza decided to kill his mother Friday and then 20 first-graders and the six women who tried to protect them at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. | 12/19/12 06:03:51 By - Merlene Davis
The column originally scheduled to appear today in this space was withdrawn, at my request possibly to be published at a later date or simply discarded. | 12/19/12 06:08:30 By - C.W. Gusewelle
There are no words for a tragedy this grim, this incomprehensible, one that strikes so close to home for every parent in America. | 12/19/12 06:05:56 By - Fabiola Santiago
I'm tired of debating gun violence with people who cling to ideology as the bodies pile up. | 12/18/12 06:06:26 By - Marcos Breton
A babys first year how quickly the time passes.
Baby Camila is babbling, practicing the noises that will soon form her first words. Shes absorbing language as a bilingual listener. | 12/18/12 06:01:44 By - Mary Sanchez
I wrote editorials after the Virginia Tech shooting and the debate then revolved around mental health and security. How could colleges better identify troubled students? Should access to campus be limited? | 12/17/12 12:56:53 By - Barbara Shelly
There's this big buzz whether the new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden somehow justifies torture.
To me, this Washington and Hollywood hullabaloo is over-hyped and beside the point. | 12/17/12 06:08:43 By - Foon Rhee
Students step onto college campuses today less aware or concerned with the past. Its more pronounced than the usual grousing of old instructors about each new generation. | 12/17/12 06:05:07 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
It is the unspoken dread that must lurk in the imagination of nearly everyone who has traveled the underground rail system of one of the worlds great cities: the fear of stumbling or being shoved off the subway platform and falling into the zone of death. | 12/16/12 06:02:38 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Well, isnt this another fine mess? Weve gotten to the point that hard-liners on both sides are starting to say, Jump! let the fiscal cliff happen. You wonder what theyre thinking. | 12/16/12 06:07:05 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
The daily drumbeat of depressing details about the deadlock in D.C. has created an unexplainable and unpleasant uptick in anxious and addictive alliteration. | 12/15/12 06:02:33 By - Peter Callaghan
Cleaning out the files (and forgive me if some of this, thanks to my deteriorating memory, is recycled stuff that wasn't very good to begin with)
| 12/15/12 06:02:29 By - Dusty Nix
By Dec. 21, Larry Ellison will have more than made up for that $3 million he misspent in October trying to elect Mitt Romney as president.
On that day, the billionaire founder of Oracle stands to receive roughly $198 million in accelerated Oracle stock dividends, avoiding $60 million or more in what every financial expert assumes will be higher federal taxes starting in 2013. | 12/14/12 06:03:41 By - Dan Morain
One of the most interesting things about the latest 174-country ranking of world corruption released last week by the Berlin-based Transparency International monitoring group was that Barbados, Chile and Uruguay ranked alongside the United States among the worlds 20 most honest countries. | 12/14/12 06:08:30 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Only 11 days after the re-election of Barack Obama, Marco Rubio flew to Iowa to informally begin his quest for the presidency in 2016. | 12/13/12 06:11:21 By - Carl Hiaasen
Anyone who meets former Sen. Bob Dole quickly gains an understanding of his war injury.
Through decades of public service he became adept at offering his left hand first when greeting people, a grip that came across as gracious, not awkward. | 12/13/12 06:08:35 By - Mary Sanchez
Now that the 112th Senate has reconvened for its lame duck session after President Barack Obama captured a second term and Democrats retained a Senate majority, this is an ideal moment to analyze the federal judicial vacancy crisis. | 12/13/12 13:45:53 By - Carl Tobias
Oil companies and taxes are a little like gasoline and lit matches.
The oil industry spent $93 million to blow up a 2006 initiative that sought to raise an oil severance tax. Taxes are not part of oil executives' DNA. But ever so cautiously, the industry is contemplating a California carbon tax. | 12/12/12 06:03:03 By - Dan Morain
When a poor person gets a government handout, it's called welfare. When a rich corporation gets one, it's called an economic development incentive. | 12/12/12 06:02:08 By - Tom Eblen
As our plane topped the Peruvian Andes, I looked out the window and caught my first view of the headwaters of the Amazon. The green canopy of the rain forest spread out in all directions. Yet on closer examination, I noticed the wilderness was marred by a checkerboard of cleared fields, scarred stream banks and rivers stained brown by polluted runoff. | 12/11/12 06:02:50 By - Stuart Leavenworth
At the risk of sounding like a Kool-Aid-fed daughter of Ted Nugent: Its not the gun that should be implicated. | 12/11/12 06:02:30 By - Mary Sanchez
The ethics of the matter, and the seemingly gratuitous intrusiveness of some interrogations, are just part of the problem with polygraph screenings of federal employees and applicants.
There's also the far more fundamental question of whether the process even works. Do these tests truly make us safer? Or are they an abuse of power by federal agencies that, by their very nature, are exempt from public accountability? | 12/10/12 12:46:24 By -
During the campaign, President Obama impressed everybody by singing an impromptu version of the old Al Green ballad Lets Stay Together. But now the White House has switched tunes. The presidents new favorite is Young At Heart, a Frank Sinatra hit of the 1950s. You could hear it playing in the background last week when he talked about the budget: Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you . . . | 12/10/12 06:01:54 By - Glenn Garvin
After five years of lousy economic performance, you would think people would be sick of it by now. Guess not. How else to explain why were having a big fight over inequality instead of arguing over how to jump-start growth? | 12/09/12 06:06:10 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Guy Noir, the beleaguered private eye featured on A Prairie Home Companion, is said to constantly wrestle with lifes persistent questions.
I have a few of my own, including: | 12/09/12 06:02:54 By - Terry Plumb
They call it the Death Watch. The International Press Institute, which is based in Austria, for 15 years has tracked the number of professional journalists around the world killed on the job. | 12/08/12 06:01:27 By - John Drescher
Nearly 36 years ago when I started reporting for this newspaper, police and elected officials would stop speaking candidly to folks as soon as I entered the room. | 12/08/12 06:05:04 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
Giant pet constrictors have clearly been denied their rightful place in the national mythology. American children grow up unexposed to the lovable reptilian equivalents of Snoopy or Garfield or Clifford the Big Red Dog. | 12/07/12 06:04:37 By - Fred Grimm
They say that Social Security is the third rail of American politics: Touch it and you die.
That dictum extends to Medicare and even Medicaid as well. Id like to take this opportunity to remind President Obama and members of both parties in Congress of why that is. | 12/07/12 06:14:00 By - Mary Sanchez
With the Senate's reassembly for its lame duck session after President Barack Obama won another term and Democrats retained a Senate majority, this is an excellent time to evaluate the judicial vacancy crisis. | 12/06/12 13:43:15 By - Carl Tobias
Young people are not exactly renowned for their judgment.
We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol til it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job. | 12/06/12 06:03:11 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
For all our cultural kinship, Britain and the United States approach expressive freedom in ways that are often sharply different. | 12/06/12 06:07:02 By - Edward Wasserman
Joe Baca never saw it coming, and neither did Gloria Negrete McLeod. But as state Sen. Negrete McLeod replaces Baca in Congress, the dueling San Bernardino County Democrats witnessed first hand the beginnings of a change in gun politics, courtesy of billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. | 12/06/12 06:02:49 By - Dan Morain
Jill Kelley, the mystery vixen in the David Petraeus scandal, is now flanked by a high-profile Washington attorney and a professional "crisis manager." This can only mean that she wants her own reality show, a book deal or both. | 12/05/12 06:06:34 By - Carl Hiaasen
It is a kind of myopia that afflicts some of us too many of us whenever we gaze upon a dark-skinned man. It causes some of us too many of us to see things that are not there, and to miss things that are. Sometimes, it is fatal. | 12/04/12 06:08:58 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Real subject lines from emails in my spam file (not including those offering Russian wives, enhancement products or written in Cyrillic alphabet): | 12/04/12 06:04:39 By - Peter Callaghan
Three weeks into the newest Texas Revolution, it's going nowhere.
That online petition for secession lost steam after 100,000 signatures. Even the Weatherford guy who started it calls it a fad. | 12/03/12 14:15:42 By - Bud Kennedy
The second Obama Administration faces a series of foreign policy challenges from war to hunger to terrorism to trade and aid. From the South China Sea to Somalia to Mali to Nigeria to Venezuela the usual culprits are at play: nationalism, ethnic hatred, religious zeal, overpopulation, climate change, pandemic disease, hunger, water, greed, and lust for power. | 12/03/12 06:05:15 By - Ben Barber
The Grand Canyon might be older than we thought a lot older.
Contrarian scientists have posited a new theory that the canyon is not just 6 million years old, as the consensus now stands, but actually about 70 million years old. That would mean the Grand Canyon was a giant hole in the ground while T-Rex still roamed the Earth. | 12/03/12 06:00:42 By - James Werrell
For two decades now, politicians and public scolds have sold America on the idea of a sterner penal system. Zero tolerance, three strikes and youre out, supermax prisons and legions of young men who have done time these are the hallmarks of our age. | 12/03/12 06:04:30 By - Mary Sanchez
Seven people three women and four men thought it was necessary to remove all their clothing and stand before cameras and strangers in U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's office Tuesday to bring attention to potential cuts to HIV/AIDS funding and other federal programs. | 12/02/12 06:00:36 By - Merlene Davis
Bing Crosby would be appalled.
With singer Carol Richards, the great crooner once popularized a song, Silver Bells, about the joy of Christmas shopping. Strings of street lights, it went, even stop lights, blink a bright and red and green as the shoppers rush home with their treasures. | 12/02/12 06:05:23 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Sometimes the kid in me saves the old man Ive become.
That happened regularly when my daughters were girls and I joined them on bike rides, jumping rope, swimming and having fun on playgrounds. | 12/02/12 06:16:08 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
The Rolling Stones threw a 50th anniversary concert Sunday. After five decades, apparently, Mick and the band still arent satisfied. | 12/01/12 06:08:33 By - Dave Helling
Title this Political magical thinking of the holiday season, Part II.
Thanksgivings column dealt with illogic around unwed mothers and poverty. | 12/01/12 06:09:31 By - Mary Sanchez
I'm cheap. Everyone knows that. Perhaps that is why I was so saddened when I learned Saturday that a fire killed at least 117 workers in a factory in Bangladesh where 1,700 people worked for pennies to make polo shirts, fleece jackets and T-shirts for U.S. and European companies. | 11/30/12 06:02:45 By - Merlene Davis
Before our memories of the 2012 elections fade to black, heres what needs to happen to improve our political system: | 11/30/12 06:02:57 By - Steve Kraske
Savor what could be the last Ding Dong youll ever eat while you contemplate the end of Hostess Brands Inc., but dont fix blame solely on labor union intransigence. Company executives baked this failure. Its an epic one, with 18,500 workers losing jobs. | 11/29/12 06:00:56 By - Keith Chrostowski
Dont let the calendar fool you. Its already 2016.
Like it or not, the Elections Industrial Complex has unofficially declared it so. | 11/29/12 06:03:06 By - Marc Caputo
President Obamas recent trip to Asia was totally overshadowed by the violence in Gaza, to the point that few of us paid any attention to it. But his visit to Asia may have major implications for Latin America in general, and for Cuba in particular. | 11/28/12 06:15:40 By - Andres Oppenheimer
On a recent trip to Houston, I twice drove by the giant statue of the man for whom the state's largest city is named.
Sam Houston looms large -- very large -- in a wooded area on Interstate 45 in the city of Huntsville. Although the man Sam Houston was tall at 6-foot-2, his steel-and-concrete image towers over the highway at 67 feet. The lighted view at night makes it appear even larger. | 11/28/12 06:04:34 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Trying to lend one of his 2008 campaign speeches a little literary heft, Barack Obama borrowed a phrase from William Faulkner: The past isnt dead and buried. In fact, it isnt even past. Four years later, the president may be considering himself, however ruefully, a prophet. For it looks like much of his second term may be framed by one of Americas oldest, most persistent political debates the one over states rights. | 11/27/12 06:03:57 By - Glenn Garvin
The nation's columnists have exhausted themselves searching fiction for anecdotes and admonitions that will illuminate David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. | 11/27/12 06:08:23 By - Michael Carey
Oh, how quickly the electorate forgets.
The long lines at the polls, the glut of millionaire money that poured into candidates coffers, the efforts to undercut voters rights under the guise of preventing voter fraud. | 11/26/12 06:00:46 By - Mary Sanchez
While some at home will roll their eyes and with good reason South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haleys stock rose nationally even as voters dealt Mitt Romney and the Republican Party a solid defeat in the last weeks presidential election. | 11/26/12 06:01:26 By - Warren Bolton
By all rights, a first post-election column should say something insightful, if not outright brilliant, about the results. But we're nearly two weeks out from that angst-filled day and night, and all my fellow know-it-alls of punditry have carved the corpses up nicely by now. | 11/25/12 06:34:10 By - Larry Dale Keeling
No matter how glorious the weather perhaps its an achingly splendid fall afternoon with brilliant sun highlighting the palette of changing leaves theres a place along Raleighs Western Boulevard where the mood turns gray and raw. | 11/25/12 06:04:16 By - Steve Ford
Oh, dear, this is disconcerting: I appear to have become a member of a minority group.
That's right I am an Older White Male an OWM. And if the Nov. 6 election results are any indicator, we OWMs are no longer in charge. | 11/24/12 06:15:35 By - Bob Cuddy
With the re-election of President Barack Obama, we have people petitioning to secede from the country. Before the election, I heard Democrats mumble that if Mitt Romney won they would move to Canada. Never mind that Romney was about as right wing as the elder President George Bush, or that Obama is about as much of a socialist as Harry Truman. | 11/24/12 06:09:14 By - Rob Christensen
Heres why we need to be thankful:
For the past week, weve spent a fair amount of ink and air time discussing and conducting raids on local grocery stores to prepare for the potential demise of the Twinkie. | 11/23/12 06:05:08 By - Issac J. Bailey
Four decades ago, the Arab oil embargo consigned Americans to gas lines. Odd-even rationing became routine, and everyone with a passing interest in energy policy heard regular predictions that the planet was nearing "peak oil." | 11/23/12 06:08:11 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it has always meant "family" day -- historically void of the distractions and commercialization that long ago hijacked Christmas, Easter and other national observances. | 11/22/12 06:09:24 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Soldiers can serve their country knowing that when they die, somebody will be at the airport to meet their body and make sure its handled with dignity, not left alone in some cold, dank storage facility. Soldiers who dont die, however, are pretty much on their own when they arrive at the airport. | 11/22/12 06:05:21 By - Barry Saunders
I was listening to the Michael Baisden radio show during what he called Tell The Truth, Tuesday. His premise was about relationships where men openly tell women they are married and just want a little somethin, somethin, on the side, but the woman hears, Hes in love with me and will leave his wife and kids. | 11/22/12 06:01:17 By - Charles Richardson
The autumn came in like a girl in a new party dress.
Streets of the neighborhood were canopied with burgundy and gold. Never had our city seemed more beautiful. | 11/22/12 06:09:20 By - C.W. Gusewelle
The federal courts have reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving. However, it remains unclear precisely how President Barack Obama and Congress will treat the judiciary, given the country's severe complications, especially the fiscal questions. Although Obama and Congress have instituted some actions that benefit the courts, they can, and should, do more. | 11/21/12 15:11:40 By - Carl Tobias
When Xi Jinping was appointed Chinas new leader last week, one of the things that caught my attention about his resume is that hes an engineer. More exactly, that he is an engineer who has replaced another engineer as leader of the worlds most populous country. | 11/21/12 06:03:21 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Does a federal law that applies to some states but not to others, even to some counties but not to others, make constitutional sense? That's the question the country has been debating, sometimes bitterly, across political, geographical and racial lines for almost half a century now. | 11/21/12 06:04:05 By - Dusty Nix
Several thousand South Carolinians would like to secede from the union.
As Gov. Nikki Haley remarked Wednesday: Didnt we try that before?
Yes, we did. And it didnt turn out well at all. | 11/20/12 06:08:49 By - James Werrell
Theyre back, at their regular corner table, their volume fueled by a combination of caffeine and youthful self-confidence. As such, it is never difficult to eavesdrop on Earnest Guy and Cynical Girl. | 11/20/12 06:04:34 By - Peter Callaghan
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst probably wouldn't admit it, but they want to engage in social engineering.
They want people not to waste money on drugs, liquor, smokes or lottery tickets. Not everybody, mind you, but poor people. | 11/19/12 06:05:19 By - Linda P. Campbell
You can go with hope, or you can go with fear.
The title and thrust of the economic forecast issued last Friday by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce "Averting the Fiscal Cliff" was on the hopeful side. | 11/19/12 06:02:42 By - Keith Chrostowski
Officials in Washington, D.C., Columbia and elsewhere are scrambling to figure out just how to embrace the Affordable Care Act now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected. Theyll be discussing philosophy and ideology, costs and quality, state and federal responsibilities.
They also need to keep in mind stories such as Shannon Shermans. | 11/19/12 06:04:30 By - Issac J. Bailey
Every day for a week and a half Ive been checking the mail and still it hasnt arrived.
My gift, I mean. I was one of the 50 percent of American voters who chose Barack Obama in last weeks presidential election. So surely theres a gift awaiting me. | 11/18/12 06:02:16 By - Barbara Shelly
Call me old-fashioned, but the plan by major big-box retailers to open for business even earlier on Thanksgiving night just makes me sad. | 11/18/12 06:08:47 By - Foon Rhee
I believed the predictions that Mitt Romney would win big, especially after uber-guru Michael Barone opined that Romney might even take Pennsylvania. Romney did not take Pennsylvania. Nor did he take the essential swing states of Virginia, Florida and Ohio.
The autopsies will go on for some time, but what looms large for me is the issue of trust. | 11/18/12 06:33:16 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Two days before President Obama was to fly to Asia on his first foreign trip since his re-election, his top security aide Thomas Donilon said that U.S. foreign security and economic policy was being rebalanced towards Asia. | 11/17/12 06:41:24 By - Ben Barber
It probably wasn't happenstance that California's historic good or bad, it's historic experiment in greenhouse gas regulation was delayed until after an election in which voters would be deciding on new taxes. | 11/17/12 06:51:31 By - Dan Walters
The George P. Bush bandwagon is rolling.
But which direction, and how fast? | 11/17/12 06:08:44 By - Bud Kennedy
The have-and-have-not divide in the U.S. will only increase unless citizens and government heed recommendations of a report and work together. | 11/17/12 06:03:42 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." - Isaiah 55:8
I am not here to tell you God's will. | 11/16/12 06:00:41 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
You and I are such different people. You are just glad the 2012 election is over. I am thrilled that 2016 already has begun.
Ready for this? Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican, speaks in Iowa a week from tonight. And the first polls already are out: Hillary Clinton leads in Iowa 58 to 17 percent over Joe Biden. | 11/16/12 06:06:15 By - Steve Kraske
There's a grand tradition in newspaper writing that we might call the "boy, was I stupid" column.
I was fully prepared to pen my version of that column after writing, on the very day of the first presidential debate, that the Barack Obama-Mitt Romney exchange would have very little impact on the eventual outcome of the race. | 11/15/12 06:07:50 By - Dave Helling
Voters had to wait in line too long in some places, the election cost way too much money. The entire process of choosing a candidate takes far too much time, and the system is a crazy patchwork of different rules. And yet, American democracy passed a crucial test in this election. It worked. | 11/15/12 06:06:17 By - Frida Ghitis
Judging from the rabid, shrill, apocalyptic mouth foam seeping through my email filters, some of us (most of us, the numbers say) need to be rudely slapped out of our delusion that this is America in 2012. | 11/15/12 06:06:01 By - Dusty Nix
I'd like to laugh about the idea of Texas secession.
But here in Tarrant County, where Ron Paul Republicans and the Tea Party have taken control, the talk is very serious. | 11/14/12 12:30:55 By - Bud Kennedy
The guessing game about President Barack Obamas second-term cabinet has already started, and one of the biggest questions is who will replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and how that will affect U.S. foreign policy. | 11/14/12 06:05:18 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Memo to the GOP: Be nice to Latinos.We come in peace.
The fastest growing demographic in the United States handed Mitt Romney the defeat he requested. Gracias, de nada. | 11/14/12 06:04:14 By - Mary Sanchez
"How ya like me now?" Barack Obama
OK, so Obama didnt really say that but surely, he must have thought it behind a private smile at some point last Tuesday night. | 11/13/12 06:05:25 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
OK, what do we do now? Just about everyone, it seems, is happy that the election season is over. People are breathing a collective sigh of relief that a campaign that lasted nearly as long as the Crusades finally has come to a close. | 11/13/12 06:05:17 By - James Werrell
Texas Republicans are already using the s-word.
One party official from Southeast Texas calls for -- not secession -- separation. | 11/12/12 06:03:42 By - Bud Kennedy
I once said that the Republican Party should join forces with the NAACP. A marriage between the group whose image is about crime-fighting and a group fighting the effects of crime is a natural one. | 11/12/12 06:17:15 By - Issac J. Bailey
When I saw the magic number Wednesday morning a stunning 47 percent it was not as big a surprise to me. | 11/12/12 06:05:22 By - Fabiola Santiago
Call this one: Why modern political campaigns are bad for good government. | 11/11/12 06:03:32 By - Peter Callaghan
President Barack Obamas reelection was a huge victory for Latino voters, one that will transform U.S. presidential elections for the foreseeable future. | 11/11/12 06:02:25 By - Andres Oppenheimer
The conventional wisdom holds that Todd Akin lost his chance to become a U.S. senator on Aug. 19, the Sunday his legitimate rape remark went viral. | 11/10/12 06:17:55 By - Barbara Shelly
If you have a dollar bill handy, take it out and look at the back of it.
While I'm sure you've noticed the images there before, I'd like you to study them a little more carefully today, particularly focusing on the right side of the currency. There you will see the front side of the Great Seal of the United States of America (the seal's reverse side is to the left). | 11/10/12 06:04:45 By - Bob Ray Sanders
A California Common Cause leader convened a press conference and demanded answers: "Why are they trying to hide where their money comes from?" The good government advocate went on to accuse Kansas oil billionaires Charles and David Koch of being the source of secretive donations in a highly charged California initiative. | 11/09/12 06:02:44 By - Dan Morain
Texas Democrats are in trouble, and more than they ever imagined.
Not only did their candidates take a shellacking Tuesday, but they also lost the chance to say, "Wait 'til next generation." | 11/09/12 06:01:29 By - Bud Kennedy
While people throughout the Grand Strand and the nation were engrossed in voting and election coverage Tuesday, a man was walking on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach near 11th Avenue North. | 11/08/12 06:11:29 By - Issac J. Bailey
In early September 1970, just as I was preparing to leave from Washington on a three-month reporting trip to the Middle East, Palestinian militants flew three hijacked airliners to a desert air strip in Jordan, blew up the planes and held some of the passengers as hostages. | 11/08/12 06:07:03 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Last night on Fox News, talk show host Bill O'Reilly said this: "Obama wins because it's not a traditional America anymore. The white establishment is the minority. People want things."
I would say this more forcefully in a different setting, but that view is simply wrong - and harmful to the long-term viability of the Republican Party. | 11/07/12 13:55:47 By - Issac J. Bailey
Thank goodness thats over.
The presidential campaign of 2012 did not in fact last long enough to be measured in geologic time, but poll-scarred and ad-weary voters can, perhaps, be forgiven for feeling as if it did. | 11/07/12 07:05:10 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Barry Porter doesnt want you to take this the wrong way, but you can keep your canned corn, blankets and gently worn clothes.
He wants your money. | 11/07/12 06:04:40 By - Barry Saunders
Next up: exit polls.
OK, were all tired. Weve overdosed on the Real Clear Politics average. Mason-Dixon is more than a line on the map. Ipsos, PPP, Gallup everybodys gone survey. Survey USA. | 11/06/12 12:49:18 By - Dave Helling
Well, I sure got that one wrong.
Four years ago, on the eve of the last presidential election, I wrote in this space of how the country has spent much of the last three decades re-litigating the 1960s, arguing over the changes wrought in that decade. As far as social justice is concerned, of course, the 1960s stand second only to the 1860s as the most profoundly transformative decade in American history. It was in those years that black folks came off the back of the bus, women came out of the kitchen, Hispanics came off the margins and gay people first peeked beyond the closet. | 11/06/12 06:08:08 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
It shouldnt come as a big surprise that the latest polls show that a whopping 70 percent of Latino likely voters support President Barack Obama, while only 25 percent support Gov. Mitt Romney. There are 10 major reasons why its very hard for Hispanics to vote for Romney. | 11/06/12 06:14:07 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Wasnt that just about the cutest thing youve ever seen, little Abigael Evans sobbing because she, as we have, has been pummeled by nasty campaign ads | 11/05/12 12:37:28 By - Barry Saunders
I decided to leap frog over the 20th century and go directly to the 21st. I bought an iPhone 5. | 11/05/12 06:11:40 By - James Werrell
It is Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Mitt Romney is president-elect of the United States.
Morning in America? Not for me. | 11/05/12 06:09:21 By - Barbara Shelly
In later years, people asked him: Why, with the Vietnam issue at the centerpiece of the 1972 campaign for president, did you not talk about the fact that you had flown a bomber in World War II and won the Distinguished Flying Cross? George McGovern never fully answered the question, but it seemed to be that like many World War II veterans, he didnt talk much about his service because he feared it might be bragging, when in fact he thought he was just doing his duty. | 11/04/12 06:04:43 By - Jim Jenkins
Missouris sad descent into presidential-election irrelevancy has at least one side benefit: Weve been spared the deluge of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney political ads polluting the evening news. | 11/04/12 06:07:04 By - Dave Helling
Four years ago, the day after Barack Obama was elected America's first black president while trumpeting a message of hope and change, I wrote a column recounting dark days in this country. | 11/03/12 06:04:22 By - Bob Ray Sanders
The striking thing about this campaign is that the guy who looks and behaves like the challenger is the incumbent President Barack Obama. | 11/03/12 06:13:09 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Islamic zealots are on perpetual alert for any act or expression they perceive as disrespectful of their prophet or their faith. | 11/03/12 06:01:37 By - C.W. Gusewelle
The presidential candidate voters judge to have the best solutions for the economy will almost certainly win next week.
But when it comes to the economy, were like auto mechanics puzzled by an old, balky engine. And voters as well as the candidates are fixated on that old engine. | 11/02/12 06:07:10 By - Keith Chrostowski
And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
Richard Mourdock, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate | 11/02/12 06:10:42 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
After less than two years in Congress, Rep. Allen West has raised $15 million to get himself re-elected. Thats a mountain of money, but youd need every dime if your job was to make West look like a calm, responsible person. | 11/02/12 06:07:21 By - Carl Hiaasen
The next four years will be fraught with formidable challenges for the nation but also rife with opportunities. That will be the case whether incumbent Barack Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is elected president. | 11/01/12 12:15:03 By -
Long before Mitt Romney, and not just for the sake of alliteration, the Republican Party could have been described as the party of the "r's." That's because its base, the core constituencies it has to energize to win elections, all begin with "r." For a long time there were five, but they recently added a sixth. | 11/01/12 06:04:04 By - Dennis Jett
For many years, I have railed against the never-ending state of American presidential politics and the damage it does to our form of government. But this year, I am rethinking that. | 11/01/12 06:04:29 By - Bob Cuddy
President Barack Obama may be wrong on many issues, but he is right on this one: he may win the election because Republicans have totally alienated Hispanic voters. | 11/01/12 06:08:40 By - Andres Oppenheimer
THE ISSUE: Monday's presidential debate revealed that President Obama and Gov. Romney fundamentally disagree on levels of U.S. defense spending. Romney has pledged to peg the base budget (not counting war funding) "at a floor of 4 percent of GDP." Should the United States increase defense spending? | 10/31/12 06:09:00 By - Pia Lopez and Ben Boychuk
One guy was among the greatest losers in the history of politics, the other, one of the biggest winners in all of sports.
They were unalike men who shared little except recent headlines. But there was, in that brief juxtaposition, an object lesson for those who cared to see it. | 10/31/12 06:05:04 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
I'm Peter. And I'm an undecided voter.
Sure, it was fun for awhile. Everyone wanted to talk to me, to court me. It was one big political party, and I was the guest of honor. | 10/30/12 06:14:41 By - Peter Callaghan
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's peace-through-strength foreign policy would most likely be a throwback to President George W. Bush's cowboy diplomacy, but we have to give him credit for one thing: he is focusing on Latin America as a land of opportunities. | 10/30/12 06:05:28 By -
Is the country better off than it was four years ago? We believe the answer is yes and that Barack Obama deserves re-election. | 10/29/12 14:48:37 By -
Politicians say what they think voters want to hear. Still, it's disappointing that neither candidate for president is preparing Americans for hard choices ahead. | 10/29/12 12:41:55 By -
Ever since he electrified the 2004 Democratic National Convention with a keynote speech, Barack Obama of Chicago had been marked as a man who might be destined for the White House. Destiny was fulfilled sooner than expected. The then-Illinois senator, a first-termer, was introduced to the next convention four years later as the nominee after a brutal series of primaries that saw him overcome candidates that included Hillary Clinton, the accomplished first lady who now is his secretary of state. | 10/29/12 11:06:49 By -
Bayonets and battleships made appearances but, on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, the final presidential debate focused on foreign affairs was notable for one missing hot topic: Cuba. | 10/29/12 06:12:13 By - Fabiola Santiago
On Wednesday, Eastern District of California Judge Anthony Ishii will assume senior status after 15 years of valuable service. This means that the Eastern District will experience two openings in six judgeships. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has designated both as emergencies because of the substantial caseloads that the districts judges carry. | 10/29/12 06:17:45 By - Carl Tobias
Lives are shaped in great part by luck.
More than anything, I believe, they are influenced by the people one encounters at critical points in the journey. | 10/29/12 06:08:00 By - C.W. Gusewelle
As millions of dollars pour into negative TV ads in the final days of the 2012 presidential campaign, former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis recalled how his hopes for the White House in 1988 were destroyed by negative ads linking him to rapist and murderer Willie Horton. | 10/28/12 06:06:18 By - Ben Barber
The year after witnessing the opening of his masterpiece, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, architect Louis Kahn took on a project in New York City. | 10/28/12 06:02:23 By - Bob Ray Sanders
When President Obama praised George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee who died Sunday, as a statesman of great conscience and conviction, Im sure he was doing more than paying lip service to a party colleague whose political career effectively ended when the president was still in grade school. McGovern, more than anyone else, is responsible for shaping the Democratic Party that Obama leads. | 10/28/12 06:38:26 By - Glenn Garvin
Another day, another Disney princess.
At first glance, Sofia looks like every other Disney leading lady small lips, button nose, big doe eyes. But shes different. Shes Disneys first little girl princess, tailor made for the 2- to 7-year-old set. More than that, shes the first Latina to join the clique. | 10/27/12 06:37:38 By - Jenee Osterheldt
I woke up one recent morning to Romney-Ryan signs propped on my neighbors lawns.
No surprise there. Many are Republicans, and although Im not a fan of Romney and my vote is for the sitting president, I was thrilled by the voter spirit. | 10/27/12 06:04:41 By - Fabiola Santiago
It seems not a day goes by that I dont marvel at the good fortune we have to live in the state of California.
My latest cause for celebration came upon reading a front-page story detailing how our state has become a national leader in improving voter rights and access at the very same time all sorts of nasty winds are blowing in the opposite direction. | 10/26/12 06:08:24 By - Joe Tarica
Its comforting to know that some people and things never change.
Like the Rev. Billy Graham. | 10/26/12 06:08:53 By - Barry Saunders
In last week's debate, President Barack Obama turned to Republican Mitt Romney and said, "Governor, you're the last person whos going to get tough on China."
I hope Obama is right. | 10/25/12 06:06:14 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Union workers on leave from jobs in Los Angeles and San Francisco showed up ready for duty at a messy office near the Reno airport, and started rhythmically clapping and chanting, "Sí, se puede." | 10/25/12 06:10:14 By - Dan Morain
I like the campaign debates. I watched most of the Republican primary matchups, even after they got repetitive, and I find the current flight of televised faceoffs riveting. | 10/24/12 06:05:07 By - Edward Wasserman
It seems like poor form to spit on the graves of dead people, but such are the passions inspired by our health care debate.
Last week I wrote that, contrary to what Mitt Romney has said in his campaign, Americans do die for lack of health insurance. Every day, in fact. | 10/24/12 06:10:37 By - Barbara Shelly
Mitt Romneys victory over Barack Obama in their first debate has raised the temperature on another bubbling argument over whether CEOs can be good presidents. | 10/23/12 06:02:13 By - Keith Chrostowski
As the election nears and the volume of information increases, it seems we only have time for snippets of information, spin and opinions. | 10/23/12 06:10:14 By - Peter Callaghan
Mitt Romney may be a perfect husband. He's clearly devoted to Ann Romney. Their storybook relationship began as blushing teenagers, and 43 years and five sons later, Mitt is still smitten with Ann. Lovely. | 10/23/12 06:02:42 By - Mary Sanchez
Monday's presidential debate is a chance for the candidates to meet the commander-in-chief threshold and address foreign policy matters before an expected audience of more than 60 million viewers in advance of the Nov. 6 election. | 10/22/12 11:51:05 By - Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan
Once again, the Cuban government is vying to unleash another mass exodus on the United States. | 10/22/12 06:08:46 By - Fabiola Santiago
One of the best laugh lines in any Republicans stump speech is a claim that Obamacare brings the efficiency of the Post Office and the charm of the IRS to the nations health care system. | 10/22/12 06:01:03 By - Dave Helling
That binder full of (disaffected) women wouldnt help my candidacy, of course. But mostly, I blame the debate process. I know now (sadly, because with that on my resume, it would have really helped my chances at getting on Survivor Season 26) that I cant be president. | 10/21/12 06:22:31 By - Fred Grimm
South Carolinas voter ID law was upheld because top state officials promised a federal court that voters who couldnt secure one of the 5 types of photo ID wouldnt have to get them after all. | 10/21/12 06:18:04 By - Issac J. Bailey
I wish this election cycle would hurry up and die.
And Im not even in a swing state that is being inundated with endless political ads Id rather not see.
Im tired of the obsessive arguing. | 10/20/12 06:14:39 By - Issac J. Bailey
Soon after the Supreme Court upheld the bulk of Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office came out with a new estimate for its cost. No surprise: As before, CBO said it would reduce, not raise, the federal deficit. This put a warm glow in the heart of every Democrat and Obamacare supporter. | 10/20/12 06:04:44 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Eighty million yellow wristbands worn as symbols of hope now represent duplicity.
Seven yellow jerseys worn as mantles of a champion now represent fraud. | 10/19/12 06:07:17 By - Linda Robertson
Some Kansas cities and the Libertarian Party are locked in a dispute, as you may know, over whether cities can legally prohibit people from openly carrying loaded weapons in public places. The party says an open-carry ban would violate both the U.S. and Kansas constitutions and state law. | 10/19/12 06:01:14 By - Dave Helling
Malala. The name itself is lyrical.
It falls from the tongue with a soothing cadence, despite the grim circumstances under which the world met 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai. | 10/18/12 06:06:48 By - Mary Sanchez
For decades environmentalists have been guided in their work by what became known as the precautionary principle. This decision-making guide was first put forward in environmental terms by pioneering naturalist and biologist Aldo Leopold in his landmark 1940s essay Round River. | 10/18/12 06:06:38 By - Rocky Barker
Whats it like to stand on the edge of the fiscal cliff?
Look around. Youre on it. | 10/17/12 06:08:04 By - Steve Kraske
As the public focuses on political polls, the campaigns in the nations biggest battleground state are concentrating on a more-important set of figures: Absentee-ballot votes. | 10/17/12 06:00:20 By - Marc Caputo
The vice presidential candidates came to Kentucky for one of the most substantive debates in years a clear, energetic argument over policy differences that left their bosses' recent performance in the dust. | 10/16/12 06:10:14 By - Tom Eblen
Sometimes, oceans are not enough.
Usually, the fact that we are barricaded on both sides by great bodies of water gives us in this country a certain sense of remove from the awful things people with funny names do to one another in strange places on the far side of the globe. But once in awhile, the thing is awful enough that you cant ignore it, or pretend that it is less real. | 10/16/12 06:16:47 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Heres a truth that many people on both sides of the political aisle will want to deny, whether they are in Washington gearing up for the presidential election or closer to home in places such as the newly-created 7th Congressional District:
No matter who wins in November, the United States of America will not crumble. | 10/15/12 06:03:14 By - Issac J. Bailey
Even close friends have a hard time understanding that I dont like to talk about federal politics in general and presidential politics in particular, because I dont have the expertise I need to feel comfortable expressing more than the most general of opinions. So it was with some relief that, barely more than a month out from what partisans are ridiculously calling the most important presidential election in our lifetime, I made it through a week abroad with 11 rather partisanly conservative friends without getting dragged into such a conversation. | 10/15/12 06:05:12 By - Cindi Ross Scoppe
Poor Mitt Romney. In trying to be all things to all people on health care, hes found himself stuck in a time warp. | 10/14/12 06:26:02 By - Barbara Shelly
Since I was an elementary school kid listening to a Top 40 station on my parents' AM radio, I have been a fan of Fleetwood Mac. Spin Gold Dust Woman and I am ready to hear the album Rumours. | 10/14/12 06:07:49 By - Rich Copley
It's natural for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to fiercely compete for the highest office in the land, but the day they become enemies who work at cross purposes and choose to do anything to win the presidency, losing sight of the America we pledge to be one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, were in trouble all of us. | 10/14/12 06:17:26 By - Warren Bolton
David Siegel, Floridas unloved icon of wretched excess, would seem to make it easy for writers of satirical columns. He writes his own stuff.
Siegel, the Orlando timeshare mogul, just fired off an email to his 7,000 employees telling them who should get their vote, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday. Because if Obama wins, they can kiss their jobs goodbye. | 10/13/12 06:08:24 By - Fred Grimm
Republican Mitt Romney gave himself a tremendous boost in last weeks debate. He achieved his main goal presenting himself as a reasonable alternative to the incumbent. Now he must convince a majority of voters its time to fire President Barack Obama. | 10/13/12 06:27:00 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Mitt Romney says 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the federal government. A story in The Herald last week says that 47 percent of South Carolina high school and middle schools failed an exam on U.S. history and the Constitution. | 10/13/12 06:07:33 By - Terry Plumb
Apparently the talk of "legitimate rape" or the U.N. invading Texas was only the beginning.
Nothing in Missouri or Lubbock this campaign can top two candidates from the lofty altitudes of northern Arkansas. | 10/12/12 06:10:02 By - Bud Kennedy
During the Oct. 3 presidential debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the Public Broadcasting Service, Republican nominee Mitt Romney was pressed to say what budget cuts he would make to reduce the federal deficit. | 10/12/12 06:09:19 By - Bob Ray Sanders
The presidential campaigns stalking horse is big, yellow and not much of a horse at all.
Its Big Bird, the Sesame Street character. | 10/12/12 06:11:46 By - Marc Caputo
"Reality," Stephen Colbert once famously said, "has a well-known liberal bias." | 10/11/12 06:08:43 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Who could have guessed that President Barack Obama would suddenly be depending on Vice President Joe Biden's communications skills to get his re-election campaign back on track? That's right, the same Joe Biden who has an uncanny ability to say the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. | 10/11/12 06:01:12 By - Tom Eblen
After Mitt Romneys masterful debate performance in Colorado, my blue Democratic friends are feeling, well, blue. And a bit red in the face, too, angry and wondering why President Obama didnt bring up the 47 percent. | 10/11/12 06:05:38 By - Myriam Marquez
Fact checking the things that Mitt Romney says is like shooting at an elephant with a shotgun from a distance of five feet. The target is too big to miss, but hitting it also won't slow it down. | 10/10/12 06:01:48 By - Dennis Jett
News media that rely on ads have always had a problem covering their own advertisers. Its rare to find a reporter who doesnt have a story, sometimes well-founded, of an employer whose newsroom pulled its punches or looked the other way to avoid rattling the worthies who paid the bills. | 10/10/12 06:01:58 By - Edward Wasserman
To say I've never been a fan of Jack Kingston would be an understatement of epic proportions. The U.S. representative from Georgia's 1st Congressional District is one of the most familiar faces of the Republican Party's goofy fringe, that outer-orbit political asteroid belt from which Mitt Romney did a good job of distancing himself Wednesday night. | 10/10/12 06:04:16 By - Dusty Nix
A judge in Pennsylvania last week put a hold on the states new voter ID law. Citizens will not be required to produce government-issued photo identification in order to have their vote count on Nov. 6. That must be a disappointment to the Republican state legislative leader who had exulted upon the laws passage that this is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania. | 10/09/12 06:12:32 By - Barbara Shelly
Remember that awkward presidential open microphone incident? | 10/09/12 06:15:16 By - Frida Ghitis
David Walker isn't running for president, but he's on a nationwide bus tour focused on what voters need to know -- and ask -- before Nov. 6.
Walker served as comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office under both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, from 1998 to 2008, and has been warning about the nation's fiscal irresponsibility for years. After leaving his federal post, Walker continued his assault on the federal debt and now leads an outfit called the Comeback America Initiative that's dedicated to nonpartisan solutions to problems that transcend political divisions. | 10/08/12 06:03:17 By - Linda P. Campbell
I used to love Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies. I met the former governor of California at The Sacramento Bee, interviewed him, and he seemed a decent person. | 10/08/12 06:04:55 By - Marcos Breton
Speaking to a men's breakfast club in downtown Fort Worth last week, I was challenged by one person to name some "positive things" that the president has done during his four years in office. Without hesitation, I began by saying, "He ended America's involvement in the Iraq war. If he didn't do anything else -- and, of course, he did -- that is an amazing accomplishment considering the great costs." | 10/07/12 06:21:55 By - Bob Ray Sanders