54 killed in Iraq bloodshed

A wave of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed 54 people, while insurgents bombarded Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone with mortar fire, sending US embassy staff scurrying into bunkers.

Questions remain in passport file flap

Two companies that provide workers for the State Department say they fired or otherwise punished those who improperly accessed the passport records of the three major presidential candidates. The security breaches touched off demands for a congressional investigation.

All three candidates’ passport files breached

State Department employees snooped through the passport files of three presidential candidates — Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain — and the department’s inspector general is investigating.

Is Clinton friend involved in passport breach?

A State Department official in charge of the department during two of the three breaches into the passport files of Sen. Barack Obama has a direct tie to Bill and Hillary Clinton and department officials are investigating whether she furnished information to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Military officers: Just retire and shut up

If dozens of America’s retired military officers dressed up in cheerleader skirts, went out in public and leaped in the air, did the splits and executed a backward somersault or two, it wouldn’t be much more an affront to their dignity than what an equal number are now doing, and far less a threat to the country they love.

And now a word from the cave

Here it was almost three months into the year and we hadn’t heard from Osama bin Laden, normally a regular correspondent with the decadent West.

On Wednesday, from whatever remote mountain hideout he has been holed up in for the last six years, the fugitive terrorist broke his silence with a five-minute audiotape posted on a radical Islamic Web site.

Do we really have a right to bear arms?

For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is entering the controversy over whether individuals have the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.

Can we live happily ever after?

The hit movie “Enchanted” came out on DVD this week and with three daughters — and their mom — who loved the film when it was in theaters, I couldn’t buy it fast enough. (My 13-year-old son, who dutifully sat through it with us in the theater, announced that his obligation to his family of women had been met and excused himself from another viewing.)

Obama’s passport files breached at State Dept.

The State Department admitted Thursday it fired two contract employees and suspended a third because they snooped into Sen. Barack Obama’s passport files.

The Department confirmed the firings today but admitted the repeated breaches of Obama’s files occurred in January, February and March of this year. There was no immediate explanation for the delay in action or announcement of the action.

Hillary was nearby while Bill did Monica

Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House on at least seven days when her husband had sexual encounters there with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to Sen. Clinton’s schedule, released Wednesday among 11,000 pages of papers from her years as first lady.