Again and again, brave Thai divers plunged into the murky waters of a flooded cave to search for a soccer team and its coach in the dark depths. At last, after days of tension that seemed to last forever and drew the attention of the whole world, the official in charge of this complex international rescue mission was able to announce a ...Read more
Let's hear it for the Supreme Court of the United States, which now has given the green light to state governments so that they can start collecting billions of dollars in sales taxes from huge online retailers like Amazon, which have enjoyed an unfair advantage over their competition in retail malls.
The court was split by the narrowest of ...Read more
By divine decree, the year is divided into two parts: the good old summertime and the offseason. Happily, we in the Northern Hemisphere are now entering the golden months when our world can narrow its focus to the diamond.
There's no doubt it would take considerable legal acumen to explain the infield fly rule as a case study of Anglo-American ...Read more
Paul Manafort isn't the first prominent political personage to be advised that, no matter what else he may do, never, never lie to the FBI or violate his oath to tell the truth in any other way. Because it will come back to haunt him.
In this case, his nemesis was a federal judge by the name of Amy Berman Jackson, her honor and avenging angel. ...Read more
The best word for this American administration may be mercurial. If not, it'll do till a better term emerges to describe its chief executive and master deal maker, Donald J. Trump, who one day is threatening the North Korean regime with fire and fury unless it abandons its nuclear weapons and the next is promising both trade and aid if only it ...Read more
Now it can be told, and indeed has been told by a U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations. The last administration publicly pretended that it was standing fast against any attempt to give what may be the world's most dangerous regime -- that of Iran's mullahs -- access to the American financial system. Yet all the time these masterminds were ...Read more
The body count continues to grow as desperate migrants continue to seek some way to make it to the European continent despite all the obstacles in their peril-strewn way.
One can only imagine how hopeless they must be to leave their homes and strike out for European shores if they're willing to abandon any opportunity for a decent life, or just...Read more
If aficionados of writing and writers wonder how what was once an audacious breakthrough for journalism became the standard which dominates the writing trade, they need look no further than the rise of one preternaturally talented journalist.
In his time he became the very embodiment of that curious mix of news, gossip, literature, whimsy and ...Read more
When is a rattlesnake most dangerous? When it doesn't rattle but strikes without warning.
Checking out the artillery range one broiling hot summer's day with my faithful driver, I made the near-fatal mistake of deciding to take a shortcut up an already shell-pocked hill only to find myself staring into the eyes of a rattler. Specifically, a ...Read more
Despite their claim to being something new under the sun, revolutions have their own histories complete with predictable patterns of decline and fall.
A classic example is the one that took place in France as the 18th century was ending with a bang. Its every twist and turn is worth studying, as one would examine the fever chart of a patient ...Read more
In the dim light of this administration's indecisiveness about whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, our neighbors Canada and Mexico have been informed that this country has again postponed a decision on whether to slap tariffs on key commodities like steel and aluminum. But that announcement only postpones the day of ...Read more
While this all too distractible administration has been busy forging new ties between this country and both Koreas, it may have overlooked the need to reinforce old understandings in the Middle East. There the Israelis and Saudis, whatever their own differences, have developed a working relationship with the United States. It's all part of a ...Read more
In a document made public the other day by the Vatican, the Pope called on his flock the world over to live holy lives whatever their weekday occupations. He referred to the "saints next door" whose lives may please God more than those of high ecclesiastical authorities like himself who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations of the Holy...Read more