Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2015 4:08:37 AM
As befits the season, I filled the trunk with firewood the other morning and then raced off on some other errands while the firewood warmed in the sun-kissed car. By the time I was back, the old Camaro smelled like a cabin in New Hampshire.
Back ho ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:41:55 AM
I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my conservative friends raise their eyebrows whenever I champion any form of legalization.
I believe conservatives are wrong on immi ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2015 10:17:27 AM
You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced with humor yet addressing with surprising insight many pressing social and political issues. And you need not be ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:08:33 AM
Once upon a time, callow young men almost always met their dates' dads. This ritual vetting was an important part of protecting the human species from random romantic mistakes.
As a new boyfriend, you'd rather get your skull drilled than meet your ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:17:14 AM
By KARL TARO GREENFELD
Los Angeles Times
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are putting traditional cab drivers out of business, changing nightlife in heavy-drinking, car-centric cities -- and raising some surprising parenting questio ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:14:22 AM
By BARTON SWAIM
Los Angeles Times
Bernie Sanders' success on the campaign trail does not defy explanation in quite the way that Donald Trump's does -- Sanders has not dominated the polls, for one thing -- but it's improbable all the same. He i ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 16, 2015 9:52:12 AM
By JOEL MATHIS and BEN BOYCHUK
Tribune News Service
Middle-aged white American males are dying in droves. The culprits? Suicide and drug- and alcohol-related ailments. That's according to a new study by Princeton University economists Angus De ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:09:04 AM
Earlier this year, the 300-pound beagle signed up for Obamacare. It's worked out well. He seems to see the vet on a weekly basis now: for fleas, anxiety, warts, depression, insomnia, gout, gallstones, sex addiction, itching, incontinence, low blood s ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:58:13 AM
It's probably a good thing Ben Carson didn't seek his fortune on the gridiron. He'd be going to the referees after every play to demand: "Why are you letting these guys hit me?"
Politics, like football, is a contact sport. Once ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:09:05 AM
By CARL P. LEUBSDORF
The Dallas Morning News
President Barack Obama's plan to send 50 Special Operations troops to Syria, following his decision to keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is a tacit admission he went too far in implementing his ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 10:03:04 AM
By LOIS B. POPE
The Philadelphia Inquirer
This week, on Wednesday, Americans will pause to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's armed services, those who fought to preserve and propagate the ideals and values we all cherish.
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 10:02:53 AM
"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."
"Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are 19.3 million U.S. veterans living today? Roughly ha ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2015 10:34:54 AM
By JO ANN JENKINS
Tribune News Service
Social Security is too critical a matter -- and one affecting far too many people -- to allow it to be skimmed over, breezed by or paid only lip service. Our 2016 presidential candidates need to take a st ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:15:39 AM
Why aren't America's public-assistance programs helping more people out of poverty? One important answer is that too many people who could benefit don't sign up. Just 32 percent of those eligible for welfare enroll, along with 64 percent for Suppleme ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:15:37 AM
By LIESL SCHILLINGER
Los Angeles Times
Last week, I salivated as I beheld a photograph illustrating a newspaper article about the newest villain in the rogues' gallery of foods suspected of colluding in human destruction. The photo showed a fr ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 10:30:40 AM
Donald Trump did not dominate the debate stage in his usual way.
Ben Carson may have put a few people to sleep.
Former GOP heavyweight hopeful Jeb Bush was badly bloodied by the counter punches of Kid Rubio.
Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina were ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 9:44:28 AM
By DAN K. THOMASSON
Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON -- How does one discipline a student who refuses to recognize authority and disrupts others in a classroom who are trying to learn? Well, certainly not by physically assaulting them and throw ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 02, 2015 12:45:04 PM
Americans are abandoning the traditional family in big numbers.
According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, "less than half (46 percent) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 02, 2015 12:44:02 PM
The backlash against education reform as practiced by the Obama administration has been fierce and persistent, and not just from teachers. Parents have mounted their own protests by opting their children out of the annual tests that the 2001 No Child ...
Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:10:16 AM
By DICK POLMAN
Nine weeks ago, when alleged conservative wunderkind Scott Walker was riding high, I rightly dismissed him as "a clueless newbie unfit to lead." But I never imagined that he'd suffer such a precipitous flameout.
It t ...
Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:10:04 AM
One in three children will eat fast food today, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. That's an appalling statistic that helps to explain why the incidence of childhood obesity has doubled in the past 30 years.
The CDC's C ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:14:44 AM
Emboldened by an improved economy, Americans are whipping out their credit cards again. A new report shows that the number of active credit accounts, 314 million, has crept back up to levels not seen since the start of the Great Recession in December ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 11:02:36 AM
After the wild stock market downs and ups last week, I crawled out from under my desk and began Googling plans for a backyard survival bunker.
You see, not being an economist or expert about government debt and spending, I have trouble grasping wha ...
Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:21:17 AM
July 30: Blues musician Buddy Guy is 79. Singer Paul Anka is 74. Actor Jean Reno is 67. Movie director Richard Linklater is 55. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 54. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 52. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 51. Actor Terry Crews is 47. Actor Sim ...
Last Updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:22:12 AM
Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2015. There are 315 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year of the Goat.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Mar ...