WASHINGTON -- Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying.
Cruz's legislation would establish a ...Read more
Tom Shields, my big brother, lived a long and good life. When he died earlier this month, he was widely -- and deservedly -- praised for generously giving millions to fund struggling inner-city Catholic schools and ...Read more
Everyone, it seems, has a proposed solution to Europe's tragic "boat people" crisis. Some are breathtakingly bad.
Making a grab for top honors is controversial conservative columnist Katie Hopkins of Britain's The Sun, ...Read more
When he greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi at the White House last week, President Obama said that the Iraqis and their allies, including the United States, had made "serious progress" in pushing Islamic State out ...Read more
People of Earth:
Only rarely do you get the chance to explore a new world, so buckle up because the moment is approaching at a speed of 30,000 mph. That's how fast NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is hurtling toward its ...Read more
Even though she's worked at the Checkers in Lincoln Park for four years, Mya Hill is still only paid $8.15 an hour – Michigan's minimum wage. Her fiance, Jonathan, is paid the same amount at a nearby McDonald's. Between ...Read more
The law makes it easy for police to stop a car because of a minor infraction -- even if the real reason for the stop is a hunch or a hope that the officer will find drugs or other evidence of a more serious crime. The ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Orange County (Calif.) Register on Friday, April 24.
We were saddened to see the consummate government watchdog, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., resign his seat in December ...Read more
ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan –– Fifty yards from my hotel, in the largely Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa, a car bomb went off last Friday. You can still smell the acrid smoke where the Nili cafe was shattered, killing two...Read more
As a boy in the Central Valley, Richard Hovannisian was discouraged from learning to read, write or even speak his parents' native language, Armenian. He made up for lost time, becoming a pre-eminent Armenian scholar, ...Read more
When you're thinking about bathing suit season, do me a personal favor, OK? Start appreciating your body before you start disrespecting it. Your body -- including your thighs, your upper arms, your stomach and your tush --...Read more
You must have known I'd write about Tim Tebow, the quarterback signed this week by the Philadelphia Eagles. I mean, I've talked about him when he was thousands of miles away throwing ziggety-zaggety passes in Denver, so ...Read more
The United States response to the civil war in Yemen should be the opposite of what it's doing.
Since late January, Yemen -- the poorest Arab country -- has been embroiled in a bloody civil war that is escalating in ...Read more
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, reporters often called me to ask for information on firearms. They wanted to know whether strong gun laws reduced homicide rates (I said they did); and, conversely, whether permissive gun laws...Read more
We learned this week that the Secret Service dawdled for an entire year before fixing a broken security system at the home of former President George H. W. Bush.
The Secret Service itself is looking pretty broken these ...Read more
When she takes the oath of office as attorney general, after coming close to breaking records on how long it took to give her the courtesy of a vote, Loretta Lynch will become the first African-American woman to serve in...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A fiery barrage of missiles from CIA drones inadvertently killed two Western hostages, including an American, during an attack on a suspected al-Qaida hideout in northwestern Pakistan, but U.S. officials said...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights activists who have gathered in Istanbul this week to commemorate ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The discussion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish -- a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states -- is becoming a reality. ...Read more