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Hoover’s plan to throw everyone in jail

We've known for a long time that the early 1950s was a nightmarish time in this country. It was the time of the arch-demagogue, Joe McCarthy. It was the time…

News media downplays Iraq war

As America heads into a Presidential election year where Iraq is a central issue, mainstream media outlets plan massive cutbacks in war coverage and reductions in resources and personnel dedicated…

Katrina remains a national disgrace

One can only hope that the holiday season brings good cheer to those who lost everything two years ago from the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, especially those who were at…

Ten foreign policy wishes for 2008

My list of my top 10 foreign policy wishes for 2008 is presented in reverse order of urgency: 10. Continued frustration for Hugo Chavez. His presidency-for-life derailed by voters smart enough to…

Bhutto’s death is more bad news for U.S.

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to restore stability and democracy in a turbulent, nuclear-armed Islamic nation that has…

The approaching dread of teenage drivers

As I watched my girls aged 11, 8 and 6 roll around the house on the new scooters they received for Christmas, I found myself offering the usual "be careful!…

Losing role models

They buried Ralph Beard the other day and news of the event brought back a flood of memories, not an unusual occurrence when one begins to enter the springtime of…

The sad legacy of J. Edgar Hoover

You probably had to grow up in the 1950s or earlier to know deep in your bones just how radically the reputation of J. Edgar Hoover has shifted from patriotic,…

Pakistani leader killed in suicide attack

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said. "The surgeons confirmed…

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 110 years later. IS THERE A SANTA…