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Optimism in the face of recession

American presidents do not predict recessions. It's just not done. Even in their annual budgets that look five years ahead there's never a forecast of even brief hard times.…

No country for old men?

I take as my text today the phrase "no country for old men," which lurks in the public imagination thanks to the Cormac McCarthy novel that has been made into…

U.S. military unprepared for any new crisis

A classified Pentagon assessment concludes that long battlefield tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with persistent terrorist activity and other threats, have prevented the U.S. military from improving its ability…

MSNBC suspends reporter over Chelsea remark

A distasteful comment about Chelsea Clinton by an MSNBC anchor could imperil Hillary Rodham Clinton's participation in future presidential debates on the network, a Clinton spokesman said. In a conference call…

War in Iraq equals danger at home

We are finding out how difficult it is to fight a long war without a draft. Not only are the extended campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan debilitating to the regular…

Secret prison camp at Gitmo

Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up…

Border indignities

Last summer, a friend invited me to step out into the patio during a dinner party in a tony neighborhood. The dinner was at one of those places that predate…

The Super Bowl’s call to the young

The Super Bowl has once again worked its magic. I have no doubt that somewhere in the American heartland, a youngster saw the action and was inspired to believe that…

Facing a hi-def future

The very first video aired on MTV was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star." I recently entered the wonderful world of high-definition-television ownership, and after a few months I'm…

NFL, thy name is greed

If ever you wondered about how much owners of sports franchises really care about their fans, the NFL has taken a step toward providing the answer -- very little unless…