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Too much of a bad thing

My freshman composition students often express contradictory attitudes about violence in our culture. On one hand, they're attracted to violence as the subject of essays for our course. In general, they…

Americans want change in direction

Sixty percent of all Americans strongly want the country to change direction after nearly seven years of President George W. Bush's rule, according to a new opinion poll released late…

U.S. may close Gitmo prison

The US government is considering closing a war-on-terror detention center at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and granting it detainees substantially greater rights, The New York Times…

A clear case of U.S. impotence

It's August 2009, oil prices have topped 150 dollars a barrel and a secret uranium plant has been detected in Iran. Tehran and Caracas are slashing oil exports by 700,000 barrels…

Shock jock Imus back on radio

A little more than six months ago, Don Imus' career seemed doomed. The shock jock had been fired over a racist and sexist remark that ignited an uproar over the…

The cost of intelligence

One of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission was that the figure for overall U.S. spending on intelligence should be made public annually. A law enacted this summer required that the…

All the news that’s fit to twist

Mark Twain famously said that "if you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed -- if you do read the newspapers you are misinformed." Today, those who rely on the…

Why gas prices are rising

In April of last year, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked why gas prices were surging ever closer to $3 per gallon. She told CNN: "We have two oilmen in…

Firestorm over immunity deal

The US State Department faced tough questions Tuesday over reports that it offered immunity to Blackwater security firm employees in the wake of a Baghdad shooting that left 17 civilians…

Help wanted: Must be willing to die

White House assurances that Iraq in general and Baghdad in particular have become safer thanks to President Bush's "surge" strategy are apparently not resonating at certain levels of the U.S.…