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A mercenary by any other name

Blackwater Worldwide is still protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq, but executives at the beleaguered security firm are taking their biggest step yet to put…

Don’t forget the war in Iraq

The urgency of the economic meltdown has overshadowed the two wars the United States is still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. That will not…

Raining trillions from heaven

President Barack Obama would lose his quiet struggle against nicotine addiction if he dispatched the Secret Service to score him a carton of Camels.…

Let’s give Michael Phelps a pass

Does anyone remember Eleanor Holm?

If you don't, it is understandable. But with half the world seemingly concerned about Michael Phelps, it seems…

Should government cap executive pay?

Should the federal government tell companies how much they may pay their executives? The Obama administration plans to do just that. The president announced…

‘We have a deal’…again, maybe

Reluctant to call it quits, key lawmakers bargained into overtime Thursday on the $790 billion economic stimulus legislation before reaching final agreement more than…

Gregg withdraws from Cabinet

Saying "I made a mistake," Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew as commerce secretary nominee on Thursday and left the fledgling…

Time to honor our fallen

After the subject came up at President Obama's press conference Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the next day he was ordering a review of a Pentagon policy banning the…

Attack of the killer Cheneys

The headline on CNN was "Cheney Attacks!" Correspondent Tom Foreman commented that, "even in the bare- knuckle world of Washington these days, this was a remarkably sharp attack by the…

For a little levity, turn to God

As a typical newspaper is full of doom and gloom, the point of my column -- and perhaps I should have explained this earlier -- is to attempt to lighten…