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No rest for the weary

Looks like the United States won't be freed anytime soon from the burdensome role its troops have played -- largely by default -- as Europe and others turn to for…

The end of privacy

It suddenly turns out that U.S. intelligence agencies have been gathering much more information about American citizens than anyone thought or is appropriate and the nation's largest communications companies have…

Serving those who stand and wait

With a certain smug national self-satisfaction, it is called the "classic American success story." A young lad -- or lass, for that matter -- of no particular advantage or…

Stopping Internet porn

To hear my male peers tell it, when we were young one of them might stumble across -- or somehow purloin (sometimes from a father's stash) -- the rare Playboy…

Guest worker all-stars

There can't be many baseball fans that are still surprised by lineups of big leaguers whose names end in "guez" or "rez" or "ina." Count 'em: Rodriguezes, Ramirezes, Hernandezes, Gonzalezes,…

Raining cash on the wrong people

As the Senate debates a five-year, $286 billion agriculture-subsidy extravaganza, consider the heartwarming rhetoric about saving family farms. Who ever imagined such families included the Rockefellers? As the Environmental Working Group's…

No match, no papers, no problem

It is said politics makes strange bedfellows. In this case, let's call it bizarre bedfellows. There are few issues on which I normally agree with Colorado conservative Rep. Tom Tancredo.…

U.S. ready to sack Blackwater

A State Department review of private security guards for diplomats in Iraq is unlikely to recommend firing Blackwater USA over the deaths of 17 Iraqis last month, but the company…

More spy abuse by FBI, Pentagon

The Pentagon has misled Congress and the US public by conniving with the FBI to obtain hundreds of financial, telephone and Internet records without court approval, civil-rights campaigners said Sunday. The…

A howl of protest

That screech you hear is the sound of brakes being applied to the Army's plans to replace the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Arguably the most sacred spot…