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A clear anti-Clinton bias in the media

For a brief period last week, earnest members of my chosen profession, the press, did a little soul-searching and asked if we have been, and are, biased against Democratic presidential…

‘Mr. Clean’ governor likes high-priced prostitutes

Gov. Eliot Spitzer's political career teetered on the brink of collapse Monday after the corruption-fighting politician once known as "Mr. Clean" was accused of paying for a four-hour romp with…

The cost of war: $12 billion a month

The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will…

The Great Wall of the United States

In the current flap over building a wall between Mexico and the United States, it would be well to keep in mind Robert Frost's injunction: "something there is that doesn't…

Who’s watching the watchers?

Given the power to snoop on their citizens, governments will snoop. Given limits on snooping, governments will inevitably exceed them, barring oversight by an independent watchdog. That's just the…

Taxpayers will pay for greed of others

As home foreclosures mount and Washington struggles to find a solution to a dilemma that threatens to drag the nation into full-fledged recession, one thing seems inescapable: Ultimately, the taxpayers…

The cost of protecting our troops

One of the more controversial moments of Donald Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of Defense occurred when he responded to a question by an Army sergeant about why U.S. units in…

Big Brother is listening and I’m glad

Are you outraged? You're supposed to be. According to Peter Eliasberg, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, "everybody in the country" may…

Do obituraries make the man (or woman)?

Have you ever noticed in the newspaper death notices that the dead people pictured are always smiling? I find this encouraging. It suggests that they know something the rest of…

More FBI abuses on privacy

The FBI improperly used national security letters in 2006 to obtain personal data on Americans during terror and spy investigations, Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday. Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee…