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Thinking about torture

December 15, 2014 For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore. more »»

Termites at work on American History

December 15, 2014 President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to get American schools to teach computer science. more »»

The year of presence not presents

December 13, 2014 I’m not the first person to suggest that the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. more »»

Climate catastrophe

December 13, 2014 People argue about whether the “consensus” of scientists is that we face disaster because of global warming. more »»

Wall Street's Democrats

December 13, 2014 In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social... more »»

What 2014 means for 2016

December 13, 2014 The defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by Republican Rep. more »»

U.P. share of state road plan seems a little light

December 13, 2014 The Michigan Department of Transportation recently released its proposed five-year transportation program, and the Upper Peninsula is slated to have 22 projects included. more »»

Can conservative women be feminists

December 12, 2014 It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope. Hold it, sirs, don’t stop reading ye. more »»

What’s rule of law?

December 12, 2014 President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of la. more »»

Is law optional

December 11, 2014 The fiasco of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university... more »»

Are You Covered? Health insurance enrollment is now open

December 11, 2014 Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is here. more »»

'Horrible Bosses 2' doesn't work

December 11, 2014 The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don't know how to make a living anymore. more »»

Anderson goes back to Cali for 'Inherent Vice'

December 11, 2014 NEW YORK — The numbers are unavoidable. Paul Thomas Anderson has made seven feature films and he has made seven films set in California. “It’s just there, isn’t it?” sighs Anderson. more »»

'Birdman' leads Screen Actors Guild nominations

December 11, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The dark show-business comedy “Birdman” soared with a leading four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including best ensemble cast. more »»

Fiddling classes

December 11, 2014 HOUGHTON?— The Copper Country Suzuki Association (CCSA) will be offering two fiddling classes beginning the week of January 26th. more »»

Charli XCX's sophomore CD is no 'Sucker'

December 11, 2014 Charli XCX, the British artist with a penchant for teenage churlishness, knows a thing or two about warfare. more »»

'Birdman' leads Screen Actors Guild nominations

December 11, 2014 LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Boyhood” might be the darling of the critics’ awards, but when it came down to performances alone, the dark show-business comedy “Birdman” soared with a leading four Screen Actor... more »»

Helping Bill O’Reilly understand white privilege

December 10, 2014 What follows is for the benefit of one William James O’Reilly Jr. — “Bill” to his fans. Last summer, M. more »»

If our grief were colorblind

December 9, 2014 Hundreds showed up Wednesday morning for the funeral of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Tamir was black, and all but a handful of his mourners in the pews were black, too. more »»

2016 nominees: Truly unconventional

December 9, 2014 Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable storylines. more »»



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