FUBAR

Who benefits from Wall Street carnage?

Various and sundry authors have taken various and sundry positions on whether the Wall Street wreckage of this week benefits the Obama or McCain campaign more. We don’t know yet. We won’t even have much of a serious clue until the three-day rolling presidential tracking polls have several days of history behind them.

It’s all about telling the truth

When she accepted the National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2008 leadership award at the National Press Club last week, Maria Hinojosa mentioned a conversation she had with her friend, Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, who complimented Hinojosa for her advocacy journalism.

A remarkable look at the Iraq mess

Journalist and author Bob Woodward’s new book "The War Within” provides informative insights concerning the United States military occupation of Iraq, not least because of his remarkable access to very senior officials of the Bush administration. Earlier books include "State of Denial,” "Plan of Attack” and "Bush at War."

Washington: Armed and dangerous

The National Rifle Association has designated as "must" legislation a bill that, according to law enforcement officials, would not only eliminate most of the District of Columbia’s firearm control efforts but also permit the carrying of semi automatic rifles and handguns on the streets of the nation’s capitol.

Remembering America’s day of terror

As the nation pauses to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the spotlight from a presidential campaign and a new memorial at the Pentagon are joining the familiar rituals of remembrance on this solemn day.

Drowning in a sea of red ink

On Sept. 30, the federal government will end its fiscal year with a deficit — the excess of spending over revenues — of a near-record $407 billion. The all time record was $413 billion in 2004.

Still living in Nixonland

Rick Perlstein’s new book "Nixonland" does a masterful job of describing the extent to which shamelessness gives a skillful politician a major advantage over ordinary humans.

Still too much confusion about 9/11

I’m attending the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in this Tel Aviv suburb and I’m having a coffee and reading the International Herald Tribune. And there on page 2 is a feature, dateline Cairo, reporting that seven years after the attacks of Sept.

Home is where the taxes aren’t

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like it. It is where the heart is.

It is home. Today, homes — our homes and those of our presidential candidates — are all over the news. The stories range from heart-wrenching crisis to comic ridicule. The coverage about our homes and theirs reveals much about the concerns of our government, our news media and us.

Pulling the plug on an embarrassment

Whether it was the constant on-air feuding between the anchors or the Republican Party’s protests that it was getting a raw deal, MSNBC moved closer to the journalistic center over the weekend with news that Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann would no longer be anchoring Election Night programming.