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Eight of ten say we’re ‘on the wrong track’

More than 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the highest such number since the early 1990s, according to a new survey. …

Misery is a growth industry

While Congress is mulling how best to deal with the housing crisis, it might want to consider a not-altogether-reassuring outgrowth of that crisis. According to The New York Times, because of…

You are who you do business with

Turn your clock back 70 years. Imagine that Wall Street banks and brokerages sold Nuremberg-compliant bonds and stock funds in 1938. American Nazi sympathizers bought financial instruments certified by Berlin-based…

Is true love worth the hassle?

Every once in a while I scan the advice columns for a little view into humanity. It's interesting to see what folks are struggling with and especially interesting to see…

Firestorm over torture memo

Lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday blasted the US government's tactics in the "war on terror" saying a 2003 legal memo had given the military a green light to use…

The infamous torture memo

The Justice department has released the full text of the infamous 2003 "torture memo" dismissively brushing aside the legal restraints on military interrogators. The torture part of the memo --…

No emails in the college of life

There is a temptation as we grow old to condemn everything new as a sign of anti-progress. In wise maturity, perhaps we should guard against this tendency -- but that…

Wait ’till next year…

Sports metaphors get used a lot in politics, but there are some key differences between the two endeavors. The biggest is that in sports they keep score. For example, you'll never…

Justice Dept. memo authorized torture

The Pentagon made public a now-defunct legal memo that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects, saying that President Bush's wartime authority trumps any international ban on…

Military ignored law to spy on Americans

The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, the ACLU said…