For millions of Americans living in flood-prone places, all that stands between the waters of mayhem and safety is a pile of dirt.
Earthen berms, dikes and levees identical to those overtopped and breached in scores of places along swollen Midwest rivers in recent weeks, make up the vast majority of flood protection efforts across the United States.Read More
Do we never learn?
In the 1980s, Congress, for what seemed good reason at the time, deregulated the thrifts -- savings and loan institutions -- and what followed were several intense years of wildly risky speculation in real estate and development, fueled by the creation of new and at the time exotic financing like brokered deposits and the bundling of mortgages for sale to Wall Street.
PATIENT (waving his right arm in a big circle): Doctor, it hurts when I do this. So what do you recommend?
DOCTOR: Don't do that.
-- Old vaudeville joke.Read More
Wassup, Mr. G? What'll it be?"
"A Bud. A Bud Light, please, Mr. Barkeep."
"So now, how do you like that Belgian beer?"
"Don't get me started. Is nothing sacred anymore?"
"Well, it's hard to turn down $52 billion. That's what that Belgian brewer InBev is paying for old Anheuser-Busch, isn't it?"Read More
Survey the latest news about newspapers -- the unending layoffs of staffers, the ever-shrinking content -- and then understand that there's a threat here, not just for those poor souls in a struggling business, but to you. The threat is of intellectual diminution.Read More
The next president, with Congress, will have to put aside stale ideology and engage the federal government in a crash program of job creation -- the most potent way to reverse America's economic decline and growing unemployment. Rebuilding and improving America's rotting infrastructure -- and esprit -- will be one of his most potent tools, and the work can't be exported overseas.
While religion, particularly Christianity, played a key role in the settling of this country, the framers of the Constitution were concerned enough by the potential dangers of its influence on the government to mandate a separation of church and state. With a republic that is now growing rapidly in ethnic and religious diversity, the wisdom of their efforts is increasingly apparent.
I'd considered titling this column with the easy and obvious Shakespearean variation "To Drill or Not to Drill." But a quick Google search reveals that more than 23,000 incarnations of that phrase are already in use: the notion of drilling for more domestic petroleum is in the air.Read More
Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver's licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells, according to a new U.S. safety study obtained by The Associated Press.Read More
Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta says a mix up on a terrorist watch list is still wreaking havoc on his air travel five years after the problem arose.Read More