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So much for academic freedom

Southern California political, media and legal circles have been in a dither over the selection of liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of UC Irvine's new law school, his…

Statistically speaking

The always-interesting "Almanac Issue" of The Chronicle of Higher Education arrived this week. Its 96 pages contain a fascinating array of significant and obscure statistics about the current state of…

The issue here is black and white

I saw two football games this weekend, one live and one on TV, that each reminded me of what a complex issue affirmative action always is. The TV game featured the…

A big-bucks divorce case

The divorce case titled Scaife v. Scaife has wound its way through the courts under a blanket of secrecy as both sides struggle over a storied Pittsburgh fortune surpassing $1.4…

Right-wingers sued by one of their own

Larry Klayman, once a hero of conservatives for persistently taking Bill Clinton to court, sued former aides and financial backers of President Bush on Monday for using the name "Freedom's…

Iraq tells Blackwater to get out

The Iraqi government announced Monday it was ordering Blackwater USA, the security firm that protects U.S. diplomats, to leave the country after what it said was the fatal shooting of…

A lost year that cost us dearly

Army Gen. David Petraeus' report on Iraq, having been leaked to the press for days before his appearance on Capitol Hill, contained no surprises. The surge's several tactical successes in…

Protestors demand end to Iraq war

Thousands of angry protestors including the families of dead US soldiers marched in Washington Saturday demanding an end to the war in Iraq, the return of US troops, and the…

At the CIA, everything old is new again

The CIA Friday named as head of its espionage service a former senior official who quit three years ago amid a staff rebellion against the agency's former director. CIA director Michael…

Troops will stay in Iraq for years

The US military will be tied down in Iraq with 100,000 troops at least through the presidency of George W. Bush, and a modest size residual force will be there…