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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,…

The gypsy children of Beirut

I grew up in Warwick, R.I., and, while attending elementary school, I was cast as an orphan in a production of the musical "Oliver!" I can probably speak for most of…

What’s your carbon footprint?

Carbon is the new guilt. And if you don't feel guilty about the carbon you exude, thus threatening the penguins, the polar bears, lower-lying nations, not to mention prime beachfront real…