Hostage to free trade

Unless common sense prevails, the House Democratic leadership may have killed the Colombian free trade agreement and torpedoed pending trade agreements with Panama and South Korea as well.

The newsman’s newsman

The gap between print and electronic journalists has narrowed considerably since the days when newspaper reporters childishly delighted in sabotaging interviews with loud expletives and pulling the plugs on microphones and cameras during important press conferences.

Is the next President being set up?

Anti-war Democrats accused the White House of plotting to saddle the next president with a “quagmire” in Iraq, as General David Petraeus, the head of the US-led forces in the country, faced a second day of scrutiny in Congress.

Welcome back to the war that never ends

After two days of testimony by the top U.S. officials in Iraq, the situation seems to be this: Security is somewhat better but large parts of the country and even Baghdad are not safe; the Iraqi government is improving but still unable to govern effectively; and the Iraqi army, while getting better, is still not really combat capable.

We could do worse than stay in Iraq

A growing number of Democrats have falsely accused Sen. John McCain of “promising” 100 years of war in Iraq. In fact, McCain’s point was that the presence of American forces promotes stability.

Eldorado is not Waco

When I heard that authorities were at the gates of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound in Eldorado last week, I immediately thought about the unfortunate culmination of the siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco 15 years ago.

When children become ghosts

How could hundreds of children go unreported, uncounted and unprotected while living on a sprawling Texas retreat created by a polygamist sect?

That is a question facing West Texas police and state social workers trying to piece together what went on far from public sight at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in rural Schleicher County.

Is this a great country or what?

It is time once more to ask the eternal question: Is this a great country or what? Yes, it’s a great country, and in this great country the pursuit of happiness takes many forms and sometimes it all comes together in one great starburst amid the rocket’s red glare.

‘No lights at the end of the tunnel’ in Iraq

The top general in Iraq has called for troop withdrawals to be frozen for at least 45 days after July, warning military gains remained fragile and accusing Iran of seeking to stoke violence.

General David Petraeus recommended to lawmakers that once the last of the 30,000 extra troops pumped into Iraq last year are withdrawn in July “we undertake a 45-day period of consolidation and evaluation.”

Dressed in his uniform with medals adorning his chest, the four-star general warned that while security has improved, “we haven’t turned any corners, we haven’t seen any lights at the end of the tunnel.

The high cost of news

The Newseum, Washington’s newest museum, opens Friday, April 11, in a symbolic Pennsylvania Avenue spot about midway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

Adorned on the outside with an enormous marble tablet bearing the text of the First Amendment, the $450 million, seven-level edifice’s intent is to spread the gospel of the importance of a free press to democracy.