Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:41:26 AM
By DOYLE McMANUS
Los Angeles Times
Quick quiz: Which potential 2016 presidential candidate had this to say about federal anti-poverty programs last week?
"What do we want? A healthy economy -- and a big part of that is having a strong safety ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:02:06 AM
Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.
Once again Israel has had to drop bombs and send tanks and ground troops into Gaza to blow up tunnels and destroy the missile sites Hamas has been using to rain h ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:09:14 AM
I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid.
In the '60s and '70s, you see, most of our neighbors kept their windows open day and night, allowing the outside sounds to come in and the inside sounds to go out.
I woke every morning to the birds ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00:43 AM
Cabin 2, Peck's Lake, N.Y., with its porch set over the edge of the water, is perfect for fishing and peaceful sitting. The sun rises over the mountains to the left and the water is clearer than anywhere that big motor boats churn up the bottom all d ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:33:45 AM
By JOHN TIMPANE
The Philadelphia Inquirer
It was, after all, only a boot-crunching dust. You wouldn't think the sight would affect so many or change so much.
But we saw it, on TV. We saw it and were changed, along with the human world around ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:23:45 AM
It may be too soon to label it a trend and there is insufficient data to confirm it, but President Obama and his party may be losing their iron grip on their most loyal and enthusiastic voting bloc: African-Americans.
Last Friday in Chicago, a grou ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:23:43 AM
By GINA BARRECA
The Hartford Courant
I've lived my life with enthusiasm, courage, raucousness and passion. Why on earth would I want to grow old gracefully?
Why would I want to be "Whistler's Mother" when my whole life what I've wanted to be ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:08:57 AM
Did you ever find yourself at times searching for ways to get motivated? For example let's say having to do some home chores where you're just not feeling up to it. What's the first thing needed in order to complete the chore? Of course we all know t ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:56:29 AM
As you sweeten up that first cup of Joe today, you probably won't spare a second's thought for the origin of the little white granules in your spoon.
As long as there is sugar in the red-topped jar on the counter I sure never do, but there is quite ...
Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:58:45 AM
By JACOB HEILBRUNN
Los Angeles Times
When candidate Barack Obama spoke in July 2008 in Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate, he told a rapturous German audience that peace and progress "require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:29:15 AM
At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.
Unfortunately, Philip Gordon, National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East, North Afr ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:29:12 AM
In September 2011, a franchise of the Occupy Wall Street movement set up camp on the steps of Los Angeles' iconic City Hall. The encampment was lauded by celebrities like Bill Maher and Tom Morello and embraced by politicians like Congresswoman Maxin ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:09:09 AM
By MICHAEL WALDMAN
The Seattle Times
As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment.
But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:37:23 AM
The cab driver taking me to the Washington Nationals baseball game on July 4 is from Bangladesh. I ask him how he got here. He said his father "won the immigration lottery" some years back, was admitted under U.S. immigration law and eventually becam ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:37:18 AM
By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
Philadelphia Daily News
Ann Coulter knows how to get our attention, which is not always a good thing. Nikita Kruschev got our attention, as did Miley Cyrus, Sandra Fluke and George Zimmerman. The mere fact that we're li ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014 4:08:18 AM
By Pat Michel
For The Recorder
Raise the minimum wage. Did that catch your attention? One of the most controversial topics this past year has been the debate over raising the minimum wage. Those who support a hike argue the increase will resul ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014 4:08:20 AM
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chi ...
Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:23:32 AM
Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory.
It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employer ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 7:36:04 AM
By STEVEN H. SCHULMAN,
MARU CORTAZAR and DEBORAH FOWLER
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Last week, President Barack Obama announced new measures meant to address the recent increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at our nat ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014 6:36:50 AM
Prior to Memorial Day 2011, Louis Zamperini visited Washington, D.C., where I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing him. The man was as sharp as the proverbial tack. He inscribed Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling biography, "Unbroken" to me with ...
Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014 6:36:48 AM
Hillary Clinton called the Hobby Lobby decision "deeply disturbing."
The White House reacted like the world had just ended.
Harry Reid promised that Democrats in Congress would "fight to preserve women's access to contraceptive coverage and keep ...
Last Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014 4:08:58 AM
It was while driving to work one morning when my thoughts got a little squirrelly where suddenly one little squirrel decides to dart out toward the center lane and stop. Keep in mind what I'm telling you occurred within a short period of time. Since ...
Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014 6:19:11 AM
July is Ice Cream Month.
Warm weather and humidity practically beg for cones and sundaes, and New York has a thousand flavors. Give or take a few.
Our favorite this year is French vanilla, from a certain nearby convenience store. We top it with h ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:53:09 AM
Note: The following is the address Amsterdam High School class of 2014 salutatorian Rebekah Izzo was not allowed to deliver during the school's commencement ceremony Saturday morning in the high school gymnasium. This copy was submitted for publicati ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:33:47 AM
By DAN K. THOMASSON
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON -- Here's the situation as it now stands in this capital of the Western world, if it still is.
The president has had his knuckles rapped by the Supreme Court, which unanimously ru ...