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There is no one behind the wheel

There's an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet:"The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA ...

Who had the worst year? Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of the Affordable Care Act, may well have had the worst year in American public life. His repeated demonstrations of arrogance, contempt for the American people and smug self-satisfaction brought mortification to his party and president. His glib ...

Don’t use quotation marks for emphasis

There are a lot of ways you can accentuate a word. You can bold it, italicize it, underline it, but what you shouldn't do is use quotation marks. It doesn't highlight the word - it actually becomes the opposite of what you want it to be.Growing up, my mom would always sign her cards with ...

Does success create happiness or happiness breed success?

While at Harvard, Shawn Anchor (2010) served as a Proctor at the Residence Halls with the task of guiding undergraduate students through their personal and academic challenges.As he moved into his graduate studies he began to notice a trend in the students he counseled, the successful students ...

‘Annie’ is a big, fun, campy disaster

"Annie" is a contemporary remake of the classic 1977 musical that fails to live up to its source material or stand alone as a good film, but, at times, does so with winning gusto.Quvenzhan Wallis stars as the titular Annie, a New York foster child in the care of the greedy Miss Hannigan ...

North Korea’s inglorious hackers

If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I'd sketch a chubby imp dressed in a diaper, sporting a chia Mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on Earth while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Rodman.The imp's pudgy hands would be ...

Nobody will be punished for torture

WASHINGTON - In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized ...

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Now that Barack Obama is ruling by decree, he seems more like a king than a president. Maybe it is time we change the way we address him. "Your Majesty" may be a little too much, but perhaps "Your Royal Glibness" might be appropriate.It tells us a lot about academia that the president of Smith ...

George H.W. Bush released from hospital

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath.The 90-year-old Bush left Houston's Methodist Hospital, was resting at home and is "grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb ...

Obama doesn’t rule out US embassy in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - While President Barack Obama hasn't ruled out the possibility of reopening a U.S. Embassy in Iran, Republicans say the Senate will vote within weeks on a bill to impose more sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.Obama was asked in an NPR interview broadcast on Monday ...

A look at some new Mich. laws signed Tuesday

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed 44 bills. Some of the new laws:Make candidates put down a deposit of $25 per precinct instead of $10 and require a $125-a-precinct deposit if the number of votes separating the winner from the loser is more than 50 or 0.5 percent, whichever is greater.Allow ...

Thousands protest near the Kremlin

MOSCOW - Several thousand people rallied near Red Square on Tuesday to protest the conviction of the top Kremlin critic and his brother, in one of the boldest opposition demonstrations in Russia in years.The unsanctioned protest came hours after Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner ...

Liberia eases up on cremation order for Ebola victims

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's government announced Tuesday that it will allow families to bury Ebola victims in a special plot of land instead of requiring that the bodies be cremated so as not to spread the virus blamed for killing nearly 8,000 people across West Africa this year.Ciatta ...

How to survive your holiday

Holidays would be so much easier if they took place around a photo wall of all of us when we were young and lovable.This has been my theory for some time now, and I'm sure I'm right. Definitely.Try this out. Think about the relative who annoys you most. We'll call him Uncle Harry.Maybe Uncle ...

What if it’s true?

Editor's note: This is a "classic" Cal Thomas column, which originally ran December 2010.Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true -- all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for ...

17 hospitalized after Texas high-rise fire

CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen people remained hospitalized Monday following a fire that killed five residents at a senior-living facility near San Antonio, a city official said.City Manager Diane Pfeil said at least 17 residents were still in the hospital. Meanwhile, officials ...

British patient being treated for Ebola

LONDON (AP) - A health care worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital, Scottish authorities said Monday.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called it the first case of Ebola ever diagnosed inside the United ...

Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims

As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed ...

Dear GOP: Show, don’t tell

Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The "P" in POTUS stands for "President," not "Pundit."I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus is behind us, but I want to ...

Democrats can’t be Dad

Democrats have done very well politically by convincing voters that they are, in a very broad sense, on the side of the little guy. "Republicans," they say, "take care of the rich, but we Democrats are the party that brought you Social Security, Medicare, Head Start, the Civil Rights Act, free ...