SINCE SEPT. 11, we have been authoritatively informed that buildings as tall as the World Trade Center will never be built again. A "consensus" quickly emerged among city officials to replace the soaring Twin Towers with some potty-little buildings and a park.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was not pleased with the president's speech at West Point, in which he outlined the necessity for pre-emption against nations or groups that threaten this country. "I think this is a predicate for an attack on Iraq," the perceptive senator explained, "and I'm very concerned about it.
President Bush must be wondering what he has to do to satisfy his critics on Capitol Hill. For more than a month, the administration has been working on a tightly held plan to reorganize the U.S. government's existing counterterrorism functions and consolidate them in a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.
Some 40 years ago in Hobart, Australia, a rapist on the run from the police sought refuge in the house of his parish priest. Father Rogers let him in. The man asked for sanctuary. Father Rogers' ministry began with a well-placed punch that knocked the man cold. Rogers then called the police and held the man until they arrived.
A Santa Monica, Calif., high school teacher required his class to write an essay to address this question. Steve Miller, one of his students, attributed three things to poverty -- violent crime, government programs and irresponsible breeding.
On June 25, 1996, a massive blast shook Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The explosion, caused by a truck bomb, tore through a military compound housing American, British, French and Saudi troops, leaving devastation in its wake. Nineteen American airmen were murdered, and 64 more people were wounded.
Nobody really expected that Robert Casey Jr., an experienced statewide candidate with a golden political name in Pennsylvania, would lose last month's Democratic primary for governor in a landslide. His crushing defeat raises a question with national political implications.
Ingmar Guandique, a violent Salvadoran national who is serving a 10-year sentence for assaulting two female joggers in Washington's Rock Creek Park last year, was interrogated recently as part of the investigation into the intern murder mystery.
Institutions -- established law, custom and practices -- matter and should not be ignored. How is it that Western Europe and the United States managed to amass unprecedented wealth while countries of the former Soviet Union, China, Africa, South America and the Middle East haven't?
Civil libertarians are prudent to caution vigilance concerning increased governmental investigative powers, but their anxiety over recently relaxed FBI domestic surveillance guidelines amounts to little more than scaring people with "phantoms of lost liberty," to borrow a disfavored phrase.
Springfield, Mass., might be celebrating the grand opening of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial, but Citizens Against Government Waste is denouncing the city and the Massachusetts delegation on Capitol Hill for funding the project through an "unauthorized" earmark of federal dollars.
While Senator Barbara Boxer is trying to get the federal government to declare more than two million acres in California off-limits to development, California's other Senator, Diane Feinstein, has already brokered a deal that takes 16,500 acres off-limits.
Normally I come down on the free-speech side of any First Amendment case, but this time I believe the 9th Circuit Appeals Court was right when it ruled 6-5 for Planned Parenthood against militant anti-abortionists.
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