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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…

If not torture, then what?

The dilemma is of such magnitude that there really may never be a satisfactory answer or solution that doesn't leave us all losers one way or the other. We can…

Tape destruction proves torture

The CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects gives more reason to fear that detainees face torture, a UN human rights expert said Thursday. It "is one more…

FBI probes Iraq IG misconduct

The FBI is investigating the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Justice Department officials said, following allegations of misconduct from former employees. The investigation of Stuart Bowen involves possible electronic tampering,…