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Some unpopular truths about poverty

The poverty rate in America has declined, not a lot, but some, and for the first time in 10 years, which is very, very good news. The even better news…

A glaring failure called New Orleans

There are those who say that New Orleans is a lost cause and that whole districts that lie below sea level should never be rehabilitated, that the chances of it…

Cracking down on cruising for sex

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is putting a new focus on efforts by authorities to curtail cruising for sex in public places. On Wednesday, police said…

Progress? What progress?

President George W. Bush's ill-conceived Iraq war has become a failure on so many fronts that it is hard to keep track. A new report by the General Accounting Office finds…

Media overreaction to bad economic news

One year after the end of the boom market in housing, the New York Times reports we're getting the first ever, official indication of a decline in the median price…

Iraq on the installment plan

President Bush is about to ask Congress for another $50 billion to keep fighting the war in Iraq. He is betting -- almost certainly correctly -- that the Democrats…

A year later, anger and sadness

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, anger over the stalled rebuilding was palpable throughout a city where the mourning for the dead and feeling of loss for flooded homes,…

When all else fails, try bribery

Nearly all new US Army recruits are receiving a special 20,000-dollar bonus, an official said Monday, amid debate over whether the Pentagon is eroding standards to shore up its stretched…

Vick is sick. So is PETA

The Michael Vick dogfighting scandal is morphing into a broader NFL dogfighting scandal, as other NFL players also appear to be involved in this very weird pastime. But as animal-rights groups…

Getting ready to spin the report

For months, pundits and politicians have referred to Sept. 15 as the date Army Gen. David Petraeus will present his potentially pivotal analysis of how successful the surge in U.S.…