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.

After five long years, the Iraq war’s toll mounts

As America marks five long, grisly years of war, waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq, President George W. Bush plans to claim success and say the war must go on while demonstrators protest and his Democratic opponents say it is time to admit failure and bring the troops home.

Not since Vietnam has a war so divided this nation and today’s observances mark a conflict that has lasted half the length of Vietnam — and longer than World War II — but has cost the nation far more in political damage and lost prestige and morale. While American deaths have not yet reached the level of Vietnam, the toll is approaching 4,000 and thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians have died.

The long, slow, painful decline of newspapers

I’m going to miss my newspaper. We’ve been together a long time. I care about it. I need it. I’m one of the people Marshall McLuhan, the godfather of medium and message, was talking about when he said, “People don’t read newspapers, they slip into them like a warm bath.”

Supremes will weigh in on gun rights

The Supreme Court will Tuesday begin weighing an individual’s right to bear arms against a community’s right to restrict gun ownership for public safety, an emotional issue that has long divided Americans.

The conservative-leaning court’s first decision on gun ownership in almost 70 years is expected to have a far reaching impact on US gun control laws, experts say.

FBI terror watch list filled with errors

The FBI gave outdated, incomplete and inaccurate information about terror suspects to be added to the government’s watchlist for nearly three years despite steps taken to prevent errors, a Justice Department audit concludes.

Responding, an FBI spokesman said gaps identified in the system should be fixed within six months.