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Hedge-fund con artists

The recent market meltdown had much less to do with bad subprime loans than advertised. It was caused more fundamentally by excesses at hedge and private equity funds. Those contraptions,…

America’s most watched

You're being watched. Not only by Uncle Sam but also by your employer, by the kid working behind the counter at the local gas station, by the automatic teller machine…

This time FEMA claims it’s ready

The statistics are most impressive: 10 million liters of water and 4 million MREs stockpiled in Texas; 1,300 buses, 130 airplanes and "hundreds" of helicopters ready to go; 10,000…

Did anyone really win in the Padilla case?

With characteristic overstatement, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales proclaimed the verdict in the case of Jose Padilla "a significant victory" in combating terrorism. It was a victory in the sense that the…

Tough times for man’s best friend

If you have any doubts about the despicable nature of the allegations against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, you can dispel them by Googling a term like "dogfighting" and perusing…

Lone officer goes on trial for Abu Ghraib

Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan, the only military officer charged in the prisoner abuse scandal at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, goes before a court martial Monday in Fort Meade, Maryland. More than…

A tainted victory for Bush

The guilty verdict against Jose Padilla showed the Bush administration could win a high-profile terrorism conviction despite questions over whether it acted legally in detaining the U.S. citizen for 3-1/2…

Suicide rate up among soldiers

The US army said Thursday that at least 99 soldiers committed suicide in 2006, nearly a third while in Iraq or Afghanistan, signaling a rising suicide rate compared to previous…

Mine safety agency under fire

The government agency overseeing coal mine safety was supposed to have changed its ways after West Virginia's deadly Sago Mine disaster. Its handling of the cave-ins at Utah's Crandall Canyon…

A stupid lawsuit

Kia Vaughn says Don Imus ruined her reputation when he called members of the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," but it's something else entirely that stands to hurt her…