Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by […]

Romney, Obama differ on approaches to curb gun violence

Romney, Obama differ on approaches to curb gun violence

The politics of guns leapt to the top of the presidential race Wednesday, as President Barack Obama embraced some degree of control of weapons sales and Republican Mitt Romney seemed to suggest an alleged mass killer in Colorado had obtained his weapons illegally even though he hadn’t. Speaking to a mostly black audience in New […]

Feinstein on leaks: ‘Sure sorry I said that’

Feinstein on leaks: ‘Sure sorry I said that’

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that she shouldn’t have speculated about the White House’s responsibility for national security leaks because she didn’t know the source of the unauthorized disclosures. Just hours after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seized on her comments to criticize President Barack Obama, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued […]

Firearms sales surge in wake of Colorado shooting

Firearms sales surge in wake of Colorado shooting

Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre as buyers express fears that anti-gun politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons. In Colorado, the site of Friday’s shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens of others, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. […]

Even with increasing violence, there’s little enthusiasm for gun control

Even with increasing violence, there’s little enthusiasm for gun control

Gun control advocates sputter at their own impotence. The National Rifle Association is politically ascendant. And Barack Obama’s White House pledges to safeguard the Second Amendment in its first official response to the deaths of at least 12 people in a mass shooting at a new Batman movie screening in suburban Denver. Once, every highly […]

What do about the increasing gun violence: The debate goes beyond weapons control

What do about the increasing gun violence:  The debate goes beyond weapons control

On the morning of the latest mass shooting, in a place that has become synonymous with tragedy, Tom Mauser’s phone started ringing at 5 a.m. When he turned on the news his first thought was “Oh God,” followed by an immediate: “Not again.” He’s seen this too often since that April morning in 1999, when […]

Survivors recall a night of hell in Colorado

Survivors recall a night of hell in Colorado

One man remembers the moment he knew his friend’s life was ebbing away as she lay bleeding on the floor beside him. Another remembers the shock reflected on people’s faces as they watched him stagger past, trying to stanch a bullet wound in his neck. Some of the 58 injured survivors of a massacre inside […]

How did a brilliant science student become a suspect in mass murder?

How did a brilliant science student become a suspect in mass murder?

James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words. Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform — No. 16. […]