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What’s wrong with America?

Even folks in the Optimist Club are having a tough time toeing an upbeat line these days. Eighteen members of the volunteer organization's Gilbert, Ariz., chapter have gathered, a few…

Rebuild the World Trade Center

In olden days, Americans needed just 13 and a half months to erect the Empire State Building, four and a half years to build Hoover Dam, and six years, four…

An election of issues or skills?

As we've been celebrating this month what remarkable people our country's founders were, it's tempting to wonder what they would think of how we're handling their legacy.

They would undoubtedly be…

Mandela no longer a terrorist

For four decades, the United States officially branded Nelson Mandela a terrorist because of his association with the African National Congress in the fight to end apartheid in South Africa.

No privacy at Passport Agency

As America celebrates its birthday, new disclosures showcase just how disposable privacy has become in what used to be the home of the brave…

Should marriage be saved?

Modern journalism should adopt the acronym NAOS (Not an Onion Story), to identify actual news that can't otherwise be distinguished from outright satire. A perfect candidate is the report…

Fireworks are a Constitutional right

With patriotism at high ebb around the Fourth of July, and the Second Amendment with perfect timing having been confirmed as an individual right to own guns, I believe it…

U.S. taught Chinese torture techniques

American military trainers taught Chinese Communist torture techniques at a glass at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, using a chart that was copied verbatum from a 1957 Air Force study of…

No longer a ‘person of interest’

After almost seven years, former biological warfare scientist Steven Hatfill is finally, in the words of one of his lawyers, "an ex-person of interest." He and his legal team will…

A giant step backward

I often wonder if Antonin Scalia might not be more comfortable in another century, past not future, one not touched by the miseries and dangers of urbanization. I certainly think…