Michael Roth: Cynics Need to Drop Their Fear, Contempt

Cross-posted from (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Cynicism. We hear about it all the time. The level of public discourse has gotten so low, so mean-spirited, that it is turning off people who might otherwise want to participate in the public sphere. Traveling to various cities, I am more aware than ever of the waves of negative […]

The more things change, the more they will stay the same

The more things change, the more they will stay the same

Change at the top? Not necessarily. Whichever party controls the House and Senate after the Nov. 2 election probably will install the same leaders whose policymaking helped bring about the sour economy, nearly double-digit unemployment and deficit spending that has led voters to call for fresh faces. Different lineups could mean different fates for health […]

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations. But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health […]

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened by persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbors, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave. The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, help explain why Iraq’s struggle to create a […]

Jim Kennedy: Give Bipartisanship A Chance

An imagined speech by President Barack Obama, delivered November 4, 2010 Two years ago tonight, you voted for change, and I accepted the responsibility of leading America on a new path, and in joining with you in the work of remaking this nation. Two days ago, you sent a message, and that message is clear: […]

Will Durst: Helen Keller’s Mushrooms

The precise word to explain this season’s big new trend in campaign financing is obliviousness. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that everybody is allowed to give as much money as they desire to anybody they choose and absolutely nobody needs to know about it. The upshot of which has all of America knee […]

WikiLeaks says logs show 15,000 more Iraq deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks said on Saturday its release of nearly 400,000 classified U.S. files on the Iraq war showed 15,000 more Iraqi civilians died than previously thought. Read the full story from Reuters

Gun Store Tied To 2,500 Crimes In D.C. And Maryland

Realco has been known as a leading seller of “crime guns” seized by local police, but a year-long Post investigation reveals the magnitude of Realco’s pattern and links the guns sold by the store to specific crimes. The Post compiled its own databases of more than 35,000 gun traces by mining unpublicized state databases and […]