The following editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star on Monday, Oct. 5:
Americans waste a lot of money because of their aversion to coins and their fondness for dollar bills.
If you travel almost anywhere else in the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The federal Bureau of Prisons plans to release 6,000 prisoners at the end of October, implementing a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.
Officials said the ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- For the last few years, I've wondered what it is about Kevin McCarthy that gives me the creeps.
The Republican seems plenty affable, and he is obviously good enough at politics to have ascended rapidly ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Last weekend's deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the crossfire.
Doctors Without Borders, a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is facing one of the most fateful decisions of the presidential primary season: what to say about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and when to say it.
Politically, Clinton's choice is a true ...Read more
Liberal readers have scoffed at my repeated warnings about the dangerous prospect of an enemy combatant dump on American soil. Over the years, I've flagged the Obama administration's scouting forays in Illinois, Kansas and...Read more
OXFORD, Md. -- Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose -- an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America's black families at a ...Read more
To Donald Trump, there is no American problem that bravado cannot solve.
Except maybe one.
Want to dismantle the 14th Amendment? Armed only with fire-breathing bluster, Trump will git 'er done.
Want 6 percent economic ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Finally, it can be reported: Joe Biden is running for president, unless he isn't. He will announce his decision this weekend, unless he doesn't.
Furthermore, Biden is approaching important deadlines for ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Oct. 6:
The American debate over gun control has been stalemated for some time. Back in the 1990s, Congress was able to pass legislation requiring ...Read more
When I was a young social psychologist and feminist in the 1970s, I never imagined that I would be asked to testify for the defense in a rape case. Rape laws at the time still included the "marital rape exemption," with ...Read more
The Iowa caucuses are finally in sight -- less than four months away. Voters there and in New Hampshire and other early states are starting to be hit by campaign ads, phone calls and door-to-door contacts.
With ordinary ...Read more
Both the House and Senate are considering measures that would lift a ban on the export of U.S. crude oil that has been in place since 1975, the height of the Arab oil embargo.
Ending the 40-year prohibition may seem ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The Orange County Register on Monday, Oct. 5:
A pair of Gallup polls released last month revealed some interesting insights about Americans' views on their government.
In the first, a ...Read more
Last term, the Supreme Court decided several momentous cases involving some of America's most contentious topics, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. The new term, which began this week, is also full of ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, Oct. 3:
Award-winning author James Sallis has spent the last decade teaching writing courses at Phoenix College, blithely unaware that he was ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, Oct. 5:
A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau concludes that Americans are seeing no significant growth in their income or relief from the ...Read more
Among the more bizarre developments of the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is Donald Trump's apparent popularity among evangelicals. Several polls show Trump garnering a plurality -- though not a ...Read more
It is rare that refugees are welcomed with open arms. Yet in parts of Europe, they are literally being greeted with applause. Though Europe's response to the plight of the Middle East's beleaguered masses may be ...Read more
On the assumption that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between right and left on the gun issue as it ...Read more