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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.

Olbermann, Matthews demoted at MSNBC

MSNBC is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of political night coverage with David Gregory, and will use the two newsmen as commentators.

Uncle Sam becomes a mortgage banker

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are, at least for the time being, curious entities called Government Sponsored Enterprises, federally chartered mortgage giants run as private for-profit businesses. And for a long time its executives and shareholders did very well out of them.

Be careful what you wish for

Oh, how I remember all those wonderful children I was going to have.

The perfect children who wouldn’t talk back to me, ever have a bad attitude, fight with their siblings, the ones who wouldn’t disobey.

The power of petroleum

Perhaps money can’t buy love, but it can certainly purchase power. So as oil prices have been rising, the major oil-producing nations have been gaining clout.