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The city of Berkeley screws up again

The brouhaha sparked by the Berkeley (Calif.) City Council these past couple of weeks demonstrates again that you can be within shouting distance of one of the world's great educational…

The wizard behind the spy curtain

Sometimes in these United States, the curtain seems to be pulled back to reveal the wizard and all his phony manipulations. Such a thing has occurred with the bill known…

Fidel Castro stepping down as Cuba’s leader

Ailing revolutionary icon Fidel Castro permanently gave up the Cuban presidency on Tuesday, ending five decades of ironclad rule of the island marked by his brash defiance of the United…

Off we go into the wild, outdated yonder

Air Force officials are warning that unless their budget is increased dramatically, and soon, the military's high-flying branch won't dominate the skies as it has for decades. After more than six…

Amtrak beefs up security

Amtrak will start randomly screening passengers' carry-on bags this week in a new security push that includes officers with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling platforms and trains. The initiative, to…

The illusion of safety

The first telephone call came around 4:30 Thursday afternoon as I was about to turn on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." The second came a few minutes later. Within…

CIA set up bogus companies after 9/11

Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the US Central Intelligence Agency set up 12 bogus companies in Europe and other parts of the world in the hope of penetrating Islamic…

In some ways, the surge is working

Though largely dismissed by the Democratic left, America's "surge" policy is paying attractive dividends. Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is in retreat, violence is down and political reconciliation is up. In…

Feds admit waterboarding illegal

A senior Justice Department official says laws and other limits enacted since three terrorism suspects were waterboarded has eliminated the technique from what is now legally allowed, going a step…

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.…