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Our vets: Homeless, broken and alone

His lifelong dream of becoming a soldier had, in the end, come to this for Isaac Stevens: 28, penniless, in a wheelchair, fending off…

Olbermann: The mouth that bored

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's pied piper of partisan political punditry, may be starting to wear thin with the very people who made him a star -- the political left wing.

After trumpeting…

Olbermann: Worst taxpayer in the world?

MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann, who spotlights misbehavior nightly with his "Worst Person in the World" recognition, owes New York state for unpaid business taxes, according to a tax warrant notice.

And…

So much for conventional wisdom

For nearly a decade now, I've been writing about controversies regarding the relationship between weight and health. In the course of studying the matter, I've concluded that much of…

A changing notion of family

Two fascinating new legal trends reflect society's sea change in attitude toward family and interpersonal relationships. The first is collaborative divorce, which sounds like an oxymoron but is actually a…

A sticky wicket for Father’s Day

As Father's Day arrives Sunday and it already feels like summer, I offer today a father-son column on the old ballgame from an immigrant's point of view.

When I say the…

Easing America’s gas pains

When Washington is in crisis mode, its officials move into high-speed action mode. Which is to say, they start talking faster.

And America's gas pains -- economic and political --…

It will get worse

The amazing aspect of escalating gasoline prices -- they reached the lamentable landmark of $4 a gallon over the weekend -- is that they haven't done more damage to the…

No relief in sight from gas prices

Well, where do we go from here?

The answer, for millions of Americans, is not very far if the oil barons and commodities speculators have their way. The cheap gas culture…

Doing just fine at $8 a gallon

I'd intended to spend only one night in Toulouse, in southern France. But when I tried to buy a train ticket to Madrid on the evening of my arrival, I…