Columns

It’s time for an end to mass incarceration

Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.If I'm walking down the street with a Black or Latino friend, my friend is way more likely to be stopped by the police, questioned, and even arrested. Even if ...

Foreign policy downplayed in Jeb, Hillary announcements

American presidents have greater leeway on foreign policy than on domestic issues. Just see how President Obama is forging ahead to an agreement with Iran opposed by large majorities in Congress and among voters.A president's personal predilections and core assumptions can have much more of an ...

Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters’ reaches classic status

It happened with "Citizen Kane," "Anatomy of a Murder," Bridge on the River Kwai" and a few other movies that rose above other fine films to the realm of classics - all given their due in the media and on screens as their renewed glowing moments in the sun. And all nostalgically remembered by ...

Left’s bad ideas about science do more harm

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some ...

What I learned from covering the Bushes

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush Dynasty, beginning in 1980 ...

George H.W.: The Bush who got it right in Iraq

Long before he, as President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, gave the world a detailed description of Saddam Hussein's weapons program, which did not exist, and made a persuasive case for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who had served two combat ...

Latest tactic to stifle free speech

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: "micro-aggression."Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as "America is the land of opportunity." Why? Because this is considered to be an act of "micro-aggression" ...

What do you think now, Justice Scalia?

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:Dear Sir:Twenty-one years ago, your then-colleague, the late Justice Harry Blackmun, wrote what became a famous dissent to a Supreme Court decision not to review a Texas death penalty conviction. In ...

Journalist lets Internet supply her ‘facts’

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later it was bound to happen. A highly regarded talk show host, widely considered nonpartisan and scrupulously fair, picked up an unverified report from the Internet and used it as fact. When the subject of the report flatly and justifiably denied it, she had to ...

Big-league hack

ST. LOUIS - Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday in an unusual case involving two former division ...

Things people are talking about

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. 6 CALIFORNIA BALCONY COLLAPSE VICTIMS HAD LIVES AHEAD OF THEMA group of Irish and Irish-American young men and women were enjoying their last blast summer in the U.S. before cracking down ...

Mushfire

HOUSTON, Alaska - When a wildfire threatened the epicenter of Alaska's mushing community, volunteers raced in to make sure man and man's best friend were safely evacuated.A human-caused wildfire is raging in the Willow area of Alaska, a far-flung community of about 2,000 people living along a ...

Tax credits for communities

DETROIT (AP) - Tax credits have been allocated for community development projects in Michigan and other states.U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan on Tuesday announced the credits through the Treasury Department's New Markets Tax Credit Program, which seeks to spur investment ...

Escaped emu still on the loose

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - An emu has been on the loose in Ionia County for the past few days after escaping from a farm.The owner said the large, flightless bird jumped the 6-foot fence and escaped Saturday. It might have been seen in Kent County near M-50, officials said Monday.Tasma would like to ...

Worn tires caused crash

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators say worn tires, not potholes, were responsible for a January crash in suburban Detroit that killed a man and his 9-year-old son.Documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show that four potholes, including ...

Group can keep dogs for now

DETROIT (AP) - Police say a Detroit animal rescue group is being allowed to keep its dogs as officials work to make sure it's following state guidelines.The Detroit News reports leaders from Detroit Dog Rescue have said that they sometimes get dogs that aren't surrendered by owners. Detroit ...

Father pleads in son’s death

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan father has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and first-degree child abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old son.Jase Colby was found unresponsive in December at an Allegan Township home about 30 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. ...

Military buildup: Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles

MOSCOW - Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.Putin spoke at ...

News guide: A look at Greece’s financial troubles

ATHENS, Greece - Greece is struggling to get a deal with its financial rescue creditors to get more loans. Without one, it could default on its debts, which could be the first step in a chain reaction that sees the country fall out of the euro currency union.Here is a broad look at the key ...

Progress in Ukraine talks reported

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Negotiators say progress has been made at the latest round of talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict but there has been no breakthrough.The so-called Contact Group of representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation met Tuesday in the ...