In asking Jay Bennish — the Colorado teacher whose 20-minute socialist diatribe was taped by one of his students — whether or not he felt he was set up, Matt Lauer has set himself up for us, once again, to question his journalistic competence and his obvious liberal bias.
We live in interesting times when the Catholic Church has to defend its doctrinal beliefs regarding the adoption of children against those who insist that the church adjust its policies to reflect the preferences of gays and lesbians.
Some use the term "March madness" to describe not the college basketball tournament, but another college tradition, spring break. It's one obvious definition of the old joke, "Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself." Spring break should be known as the anti-Lent. Sex, alcohol, outrageous misbehavior -- every indulgence is mandatory, and magnified live on MTV.
A late-winter mix of marvels and miscellany. . .
An iron rule of politics holds that contested elections are won and lost in the middle. Roughly 40 percent of voters will vote for the Democrat and 40 percent for the Republican, leaving the outcome in the hands of the undecided 20 percent.
"Crash," a movie about the allegedly tense "race relations" in Los Angeles, took the Oscar for Best Picture. Its fans say it reveals how Angelenos walk on racial tightropes, based on fear, stereotypes and distrust.
With Israel facing a crucial national election on March 28, the big news here early this week was Sharon Stone's visit to the famed Western (Wailing) Wall, the one part of the Temple that survived when victorious Romans in A.D. 70 stepped over Israelite corpses to raze the rest.
Boyle has been on the federal bench for 22 years, and his only liability is that he is a conservative who spent a year on Sen. Jesse Helms's staff. While he is the Bush appellate court nominee who has been waiting for confirmation the longest, he is not alone.
Sometimes critics are a little harder on fluffy romantic comedies than the films’ modest aspirations deserve. Yes, Failure to Launch retreads some old ground (as all romantic comedies must, by nature). But we still cheer when Tripp and Paula overcome the odds of their own stereotypical romance.
I guess the only way we'll ever find out how many blacks have worked in the Bush administration is to wait for them to get in trouble someday so we can read the breathless, triumphant stories on the front page of the New York Times about a black Republican scofflaw. It's amazing that anyone has ever heard of Condoleezza Rice -- she's never even been arrested for jaywalking.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is destined to find that his love of the Republican Party will be unrequited.
Israel's election campaign presents an unparalleled challenge to Israelis on both the Right and the Left who care about the issues challenging the country. Today, not only do they have to defend what they believe, they also have to defend their right to believe anything.
The 2008 presidential primary season started a few days ago. And aspirants in both parties quickly played the George W. Bush card -- to meager effect. In the Democratic primary, Sen. Russ Feingold launched his campaign on the floor of the Senate calling for President Bush's censure.
Unlike Sen. Russell Feingold, the Wisconsin Democrat seeking to censure President Bush for ordering the interception of communications in and out of the United States involving persons with suspected links to al-Qaeda, Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt had no qualms about warrantless eavesdropping to protect the United States against attack.
Americans have heard much about coffins returning from Iraq without media coverage; they've heard about military funerals unattended by the commander in chief; they've also heard endlessly about a certain military mother who lost a son in Iraq.
Not too long ago, I had an argument regarding charity. My friend was of the opinion, shared by many, that one’s contributions should always be given anonymously. In other words, it should be a secret shared only with God and, I assume, that granter of tax deductions -- the I.R.S.
Governor Bill Owens of Colorado has cut through the cant about "free speech" and come to the defense of a 16-year-old high school student who tape-recorded his geography teacher using class time to rant against President Bush and compare him to Hitler.
Yes, Republicans are experiencing great difficulties right now, but the good news -- politically speaking -- is that Democrats are in even worse shape. While they can feast on their anti-Bush cuisine between elections, they're eventually going to have to come up with a menu of their own.
Democracy is the product we're marketing around the globe, under Bush administration auspices. Not without some sales resistance.
After reading recent media reports, you’d think we all need to give up fish right now in order to avoid dying from too much mercury consumption. Eat too much sushi, and you might as well be the next one chopped up and dipped in soy sauce. But how much faith should we really put into these reports?
We writers – whether journalists reporting, columnists expounding, or authors expanding – have an incredible responsibility. We must be critical in our approach to news and information. We must understand it. We must remember it is not about us as writers; it is solely about our readers. We must take the information we receive; ensure that it is both thorough and unflaggingly truthful.
While the Patriot Act and National Security Agency wiretapping have received enormous attention and criticism from the mainstream media, another federal agency has been quietly gathering far more personal information about U.S. residents than those laws ever can. And this unreported project affects thousands more people.
Two good things emerged out of the Dubai Port World fiasco, but only after more than two weeks of posturing, pontification and politicizing of an otherwise legitimate commercial licensing deal for the logistical operations of six U.S. ports.
Twelve years ago, I was the first in the national press to write that the Republicans had a serious chance to win a majority of seats in the House. That article appeared in the issue of U.S. News that hit the newsstands on July 11, 1994, less than four months before the election.
Recent research by behavioral psychologists might shed some light on why President Bush had difficulty in selling his concept of private retirement accounts as a central feature of reforming Social Security.
Catholic Charities in Boston just shut down its adoptions program rather than capitulate on the issue of gay adoption. But the question is poorly posed. Instead of asking whether gays should be foster parents, we should ask, what would be most helpful for foster children?
The wheels came off the Republican cart on Capitol Hill last week with abandonment of any pretense of loyalty to George W. Bush. But while upbraiding the president, Republican members of Congress were adrift on a sea of unrestrained government spending.
We’d be lying if we said we were surprised at the public outrage to Yale’s admission of former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, Sayeed Rahmatullah Hashemi. It was an outrageous decision. We hoped to crystallize a national response with our campaign to send fake red fingernails to Yale. From the reactions we’ve received, we’ve really nailed them.
It shouldn't have come as a surprise when the U.S. Supreme Court came down firmly on the government's side in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR) - not after the justices had given short shrift to the other side during the oral arguments. That was the side of some of the country's most prestigious, ivy-covered law schools.