Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

It was another week at war in Afghanistan, another string of American casualties, and another collective shrug by a nation weary of a faraway conflict whose hallmark is its grinding inconclusiveness. After nearly 11 years, many by now have grown numb to the sting of losing soldiers like Pfc. Shane W. Cantu of Corunna, Mich. […]

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating “fiscal cliff” in January. Yet Congress is expected to do what it often does best: punt problems to the future. With Election Day less than two months away, their focus seems to be on […]

Obama raises more campaign cash than Romney in August

Obama raises more campaign cash than Romney in August

President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign. Obama raised more than $114 million in August, while Romney brought in just over $111 million, according to numbers released early Monday by the rival campaigns. It’s the […]

The mythical peace dividend and other fantasies from Obama’s speech

The mythical peace dividend and other fantasies from Obama’s speech

President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn’t exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. The wars were largely financed by borrowing, so there is no ready pile of cash to be diverted to anything else. The claim […]