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Mainstreaming the winter blues

As I drive through the mid-Atlantic countryside in the unending blackness of the winter night, my eyes are drawn to colorful displays of light that people use to festoon their…

‘Tis the season to be folly

It is the tradition in some American families to read Clement Clarke Moore's charming seasonal poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve. My own two children were involved in…

Let’s be FAIR: This is hate

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation's civil-rights watchdog founded in 1971, has stepped forward and branded the 28-year-old Federation for American Immigration Reform as a hate group, tying it…

Home of the meek, land of the fee

The Bush administration is trying to hide its mismanagement of federal lands by using new permit requirements and fees to limit filming and photography in national parks, forests and wildlife…

Less news is good news for Bush’s war

A recent decline in U.S. news coverage from Iraq coincides with improved public opinion about the war just as the 2008 presidential campaign heads to an early showdown, a study…

What should Bud Selig do?

Eventually, this column will outline the first action Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig must take in response to former Sen. George Mitchell's report on the widespread use of illegal steroids and…

Playing the cynical game

Last weekend I dipped a toe into the sewers of right-wing talk radio, and listened to a rant by Michael Savage, during which the nationally syndicated commentator suggested that America's…

The ethanol scam

New energy legislation is careening toward a calamitous collision with American lives, especially ethanol provisions that will hike food prices and foul the environment while saving little or nothing on…

A complex but Merry Christmas

We Americans can't do "simple holidays." We probably wouldn't recognize one if it cropped up on the calendar. This year's Christmas, a boisterous and appealing mix of the sacred and the…

A clear moral issue

In this Christmas season of peace, love and goodwill, we find ourselves debating, in Washington and on the presidential campaign trail, whether torture is ever justified. And whether waterboarding, an…