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Rough month for women in America

 September 19, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Tough few weeks for women.


U.S. special forces will have to fight ISIS

 September 18, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Make not mistake about it, we will covertly have boots on the ground fighting ISIS.


Strong GOP candidate could defeat Clinton

 September 17, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Strong Republican could exploit Hillary Clinton's many weaknesses.


How not to get your country back

 September 16, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Many Americans long for an economically secure middle class.


Advantage of being a reluctant warrior

 September 15, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

President Obama certainly didn't go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one. But as he explained to the country Wednesday night, he had no choice but to respond with...


Legal second chances shouldn't erase history

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Connecticut, a Superior Court judge noted the other day, is a "second chance" state, a state whose criminal law offers offenders many options for avoiding convictions and permanent criminal records.For the youngest offenders, juvenile...


One girl's ISIS ordeal

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I'll call "Narin," currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. I am a Kurdish journalist with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia who covers northern Iraq as...


An uncertain trumpet sounds, again

 September 13, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic...


Crude ogling, violence don't define manhood

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Contemporary American society tolerates and often promotes an aggressive, leering form of masculinity that's unhealthy for men and women alike.That's an important lesson to draw from the recent scandals over the Ray Rice video and the...


Sorry, casinos just aren't the answer

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the...


Stepping warily onto the battlefield

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission.It's a wrenching moment: A...


McDonnells' sins pale next to Clinton years

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

The soap opera that played out in Richmond, Va. these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the...


Ukraine abandoned, bereft and ignored

 September 6, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or...


How about this? Don't take the photos!

 September 5, 2014; Updated: 3:28 pm

The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at: hacked photos of naked celebrities. Pictures from the formerly private collections of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and others are being posted for the...


Foreign policy damaged by Republican tactics

 September 4, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Talk about America's decline is usually wrong. But how else would you describe a country that, in a world of exploding tensions, is unable to confirm dozens of ambassadors to foreign posts because of partisan political squabbling?Even by...


'Finding Your Roots' proves our melting pot makes racism absurd

 September 3, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called "This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity's past would...


Freelance shift marks the end of Big Work

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

For much of the past century, the era of Big Work - the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits - were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.Freelancers, independent contractors...


Cutting taxes without busting the budget

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 3:28 pm

A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy,...


Lower corporate tax rate and do it now

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the United States to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.Not fair,...


Training middle class to just settle for cheap

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being.


Summers at the cottage just aren't what they used to be

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

It's a lovely evening at my wife's shared summer home, next to Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonboro, N.H. The water is perfectly calm, and the night is clear; the occasional late August shooting star rushes up the skydome to the Milky Way.We...


Obama's stopped caring what his critics say

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

It's "back to school" week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called "the vacation from Hell." So perhaps it's a good time to examine what's been going wrong for Obama recently and whether he can fix it.The common complaint of...


Seeds of attack sown by Muslim arrivals?

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the United States is "not going to be restricted by...


Deliberate response to hooded face of evil

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world. But people aren't built that way, not in Muslim countries or anywhere else.


The inescapable crisis: It's only a matter of time until the West will go to war with Islamic State

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:47 am

The beheading of U.S. freelance photographer James Foley, now confirmed by U.S. officials, recalls the similarly gruesome murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. It should act as a reminder, too, that the Islamic...


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