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Yes, we’re still the land of opportunity

Oh dear, oh dear, pity poor Americans, because, you see, the system is rigged against the vast majority who were not born filthy rich. No less an authority than presidential…

Sure seemed like a good idea at the time

I was going to write a column this week about how several people whose opinion I respect have told me recently that my columns have been getting increasingly shrill and…

Deja Vu all over again

Although the Bush White House tried to put the best face on it, there's no getting around the fact that a national intelligence finding that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons…

A fitting monument to Martin Luther King

In November, Gilbert Young visited Barre, Vermont, the "Granite Center of the World," on behalf of an organization called King is Ours. His mission was to direct attention to a decision…

Another mess in the nation’s capital

Just in case you are returning from a long Thanksgiving vacation on Mars, let me catch you up on what may be one of the worst municipal corruption scandals in…

Iran ended nuke program years ago

Iran halted its secret effort to develop a nuclear weapon four years ago and doesn't appear to have restarted the project, a comprehensive new U.S. intelligence report said Monday. Iran's decision…

Don Imus back on the air

Don Imus returned to the airwaves Monday — eight months after his firing for racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team — by introducing a new, diverse…

U.S. used Jordan to grill detainees

The US Central Intelligence Agency has reportedly used its ties with its Jordanian counterparts to detain and interrogate at least 12 terrorism suspects in Jordan. Citing unnamed documents, former prisoners and…

Speaking out for gay rights

Military opponents of the US "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning openly gay soldiers from serving in the military spoke out this week in Washington, in the latest criticism of…

A troubled man in troubled times

Leeland Eisenberg was already in trouble before he walked into one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign offices. Three days earlier, his wife had filed for divorce; he was due…