BALTIMORE -- The National Security Agency is scheduled to end its dragnet collection of records about Americans' phone calls Saturday night -- the most significant change in U.S. intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden...Read more
What if there had been one really big idea -- not necessarily a new idea, just a big one -- on either side during the excessively long and embarrassingly expensive race for the White House in 2012?
National service, for ...Read more
Since 1952, there have been 10 national elections in which there was no incumbent Republican president seeking a second White House term. In nine of those 10, Republican voters and the party settled early on a consensus ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Obamacare expanded health insurance to millions of Americans. But what good is insurance if there are no doctors available to treat them?
This month, I found out, first hand. I saw a woman falling through ...Read more
During the Thanksgiving season I normally give thanks to my grandparents for fleeing Russia in 1905 and to America for taking them in.
But this year, given the hysteria over Syrian immigrants, I want to pay tribute to ...Read more
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Donald Trump was right. We're all huge losers.
At least, we Americans have begun to see ourselves that way. Whether young or old, male or female, white or black, highly educated or unschooled, Democrat or Republican, rich...Read more
Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced that it would retire all federally owned chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries, a move that came after decades of campaigning by People for the Ethical ...Read more
It's encouraging to see presidential candidates of both parties talking about economic inequality, but they're missing something important. To fix America's economy, they must address the huge economic disparities between ...Read more
The Mystery of Jessica BensonC.K. Laurence
Jessica Benson is hot, beautiful, bisexual and dead. Her life and death intersects the drama of a professional football team and the detectives who are on the case. The author has been a student of crime activity and weaves an exciting story of mystery and intrigue, culminating in an ...
"Never marry a man who uses a tea bag twice" is a great piece of advice. Except for those with a deep fondness for weak tea, cheap dates or promiscuous recycling, it's both indisputable and timeless.
Simultaneously simple...Read more
The final cut of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was first shown in early December 1965 in California, to the staff that had hustled to meet a demanding six-month deadline. After the credits finished rolling over "Hark! The ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Nov. 26:
You've got to hand it to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.: It's managing to make Americans resent drug companies even more than they already...Read more
The holiday season is fast upon us -- that time of year when Americans across the country gather 'round the warm glow of their computer screens and try to figure out how on earth they are going to balance their budgets.
Whether it's myth, mush or gospel truth, optimism -- the can-do spirit -- has always been a core trait in the American "brand." In this Thanksgiving season, however, the menu of who is feeling thankful and hopeful and who ...Read more
Growing up in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I've written about this before, like when the kids at Yale and ...Read more
On that cold December afternoon, Monique Ngomba followed hundreds of students out the doors of Patterson High School until she stood, completely baffled, in front of a line of buses.
It was time to go home, but she had no...Read more
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Martyrs' Day was a new holiday on the United Arab Emirates calendar in November, wedged between the Islamic holy days and the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Many nations commemorate their ...Read more
In a sharply worded letter penned days before an international summit in Paris, California Gov. Jerry Brown is accusing attorneys general in two states of "crass obstructionism" in their effort to raise doubts about one of...Read more
"Who is happy?" asks a sage in the great Jewish wisdom compendium "Sayings of the Fathers." Answer: "He who is contented with his lot."
And how, this Thanksgiving Day, do you acquire contentment when you are constantly ...Read more
Sure, that sounds counterintuitive. Thanksgiving Thursday is the first day of a (for most of us) four-day weekend, a time devoted to gorging on comfort food and nonstop viewing of college and professional football games....Read more
NEW YORK -- The recent controversies on American campuses from Yale to the University of Missouri have been sad to watch. They reveal a country of chasms, in which ethnic and racial groups see, experience and speak of the ...Read more
- Political impersonations, like Larry David's of Bernie Sanders, can affect a candidate's image
- NSA phone data program exposed by Edward Snowden expires Saturday
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