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Home foreclosures up 14 percent

US home foreclosures leapt nearly 14 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter, research group RealtyTrac said Friday in a sign of deepening housing woes.

On an annual basis,…

Is anybody here in charge?

One of Washington's odder practices, redolent of the Third World and its autocratic leaders, is having standard-issue portrait photos of the current president plastered all over federal government buildings and…

Love or selfishness?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Garrett Hardin's extremely influential essay "The Tragedy of the Commons."

And now a belated word for reality

With Americans fleeing to multiplexes to escape reality and the heat by seeing the latest Batman movie, it is important that someone speak up for poor, neglected reality.

Rights? What rights?

An FBI agent testifying at the first Guantanamo war crimes trial said interrogators did not advise detainees here of any rights because the military…

Disasters waiting to happen

For millions of Americans living in flood-prone places, all that stands between the waters of mayhem and safety is a pile of dirt.

Earthen berms, dikes and levees identical to those…

Once again, we pay the check

Do we never learn?

In the 1980s, Congress, for what seemed good reason at the time, deregulated the thrifts -- savings and loan institutions -- and what followed were several intense…

Time to overhaul the VA

PATIENT (waving his right arm in a big circle): Doctor, it hurts when I do this. So what do you recommend?

DOCTOR: Don't do that.

-- Old vaudeville joke.

This Bud’s for who?

Wassup, Mr. G? What'll it be?"

"A Bud. A Bud Light, please, Mr. Barkeep."

(pause)

"So now, how do you like that Belgian beer?"

"Don't get me started. Is nothing sacred anymore?"

"Well, it's hard…

A few good words about newspapers

Survey the latest news about newspapers -- the unending layoffs of staffers, the ever-shrinking content -- and then understand that there's a threat here, not just for those poor souls…