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Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Can states’ rights work for liberals? It has always been a conservative cause. Conservatives use states’ rights to resist federal policies that protect civil rights, voting rights and abortion rights.…

Why Amazon’s drone plan may not get off the ground

Why Amazon’s drone plan may not get off the ground

This weekend Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes that he wants small unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — to speed packages to online shoppers as early as…

If Katie Couic is the answer, what in hell is the question?

If Katie Couic is the answer, what in hell is the question?

Web publishing — never a diffident business — has been calling attention to itself all week long. Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer, whose forte as boss has been the…

Time to retire Cyber Monday?

Time to retire Cyber Monday?

It’s that time of year again. Time for Americans to gather, eat turkey with all the fixings, and give thanks for what they’ve got. It’s also time for our old…

Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

A year ago, as Thanksgiving approached, I lay in  a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. At the time, my wife did not know…

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party…

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster…

The day someone killed the President of the United States

The day someone killed the President of the United States

On November 22, 1963, I worked on a story in a high school journalism class in Floyd, Virginia, when assistant principal William Davis came on the intercom to announce President…

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Twelve years ago this month, President George W. Bush issued an order authorizing the U.S. military to detain non-U.S. citizen “international terrorists” indefinitely, and try some of them in military…

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

Within an hour after President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, Washington became a ghost town. It was still early on a Friday afternoon but, except in…