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A year in a heartbeat

February 28, 2015 My normal February column would talk about Valentine's Day; the Hallmark holiday where we spend three times the amount on flowers and gorge on candy, all in the name of love. This year is different. more »»

Costner pitch-perfect in ‘McFarland, USA’

February 26, 2015 “McFarland, USA” could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it’s heading there. more »»

Book Review: Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

February 26, 2015 Laura Lippman’s novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. more »»

Measles spotted in the United States

February 26, 2015 Measles has been all over the news the last few weeks. This is remarkable because in the year 2000, measles was declared ‘eliminated’ in the United States. more »»

Giuliani versus Obama

February 26, 2015 The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark —... more »»

Family legacy looms over Jeb

February 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — The sure-footed start of Jeb Bush’s bid for the Oval Office began with a money blitzkrieg that helped drive Mitt Romney out of the running for 2016. more »»

Adios Jon, and thanks for keeping us sane

February 25, 2015 I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front-row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. more »»

28 hurt in truck-train collision

February 25, 2015 OXNARD, Calif. — A commuter train slammed into a truck abandoned on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuring 28 people in the fiery crash in California. more »»

US automakers improve in rankings

February 25, 2015 DETROIT (AP) — Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine’s annual brand report cards. U.S. more »»

Hit the road, Hillary

February 24, 2015 In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas. more »»

Where rights come from

February 24, 2015 “…the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” — John F. more »»

Silver lining of Islamic terrorism denials

February 23, 2015 ‘Could this argument be any dumber?’ That’s how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. more »»

Islam as a victim civilization

February 23, 2015 President Obama’s scolding of Western civilization at the National Prayer Breakfast (‘Lest we get on our high horse...’) may go down in history as the emblematic moment of his presidency. more »»

Trade deals bust the 99 percent

February 21, 2015 Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent. more »»

Democrats ‘Blue Wall’ not impregnable to Republicans

February 21, 2015 Do Republicans have a realistic chance to win the next presidential election? Some analysts suggest the answer is no. They argue that there is a 240-electoral-vote “blue wall” of 18 states and D.C. more »»

A potpourri of musings

February 21, 2015 After your kind comments and questions during the past month: JUNK MAIL: Aptly described, coming all too frequently and in every possible size, with envelope art cleverly designed by experts to... more »»

No gatekeepers

February 21, 2015 For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners. more »»

Answering atrocities of ISIS

February 20, 2015 There’s a very 2001 feel to President Obama’s request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we’ll be at war indefinitely. more »»

Sleaze in a $5,000 suit

February 20, 2015 When he was secretary of state, Henry Kissinger was often — and deliberately — seen in the company of attractive actresses, including Jill St. John and Candice Bergen. more »»

Why think about advanced care planning?

February 19, 2015 Often times when we visit our doctor’s office or are admitted to the hospital we are asked the question “do you have an advanced directive?” Many of us may or may not even know what is meant by an... more »»

‘Kingsman’ a fun twist on spy genre

February 19, 2015 Matthew Vaughn, director of “Kick-Ass,” adapts another one of Mark Millar's twisted comic book worlds in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and riffs the spy genre with the same violent aplomb. more »»



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Word of the Day — May 30, 2013

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