What's the most overlooked, underappreciated story from the midterm elections? My nominee would be the surprising new racial and ethnic diversity of Republican congressional and gubernatorial winners -- even if we don't see as much diversity among the party's voters.
NEW YORK -- Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.
I had a rather pleasing weekend for a liberal-minded man.
Veterans Day is a day to honor those individuals who have fought to maintain the freedoms we have in the United States of America. It has never been a very significant holiday, especially compared to rival holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. For most people it may not be more than a day off work or an opportunity to view a parade. But for some us, it is a deeply personal holiday as we think about the sacrifice of service our loved ones have made. In fact, there are usually veterans and their families all around us, living their lives unnoticed ...
NEW YORK -- Helen Reddy's iconic "I am woman, hear me roar" is more likely to cause a cringe than goose bumps these days -- more a comical anthem to bra-burning histrionics than the soundtrack to a serious movement aimed at greater equality.
You might think that Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, founding fathers of "fake news" and "truthiness," chose a controversy-free theme in staging their "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Washington Mall. After all, who could be opposed to sanity?
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NEW YORK -- Two words: Narrative, schmarrative.
Musings after an election season that lasted far too long:
It never fails.
Take 10 unassuming athletes, add an untiring and resolute coach, and you have the ingredients of one spirited and determined boys cross country team at Camden High School. For the first time in the school's history, the Region 6-AAA trophy will take up residence in her trophy case. Head Coach Jerry Stokes shares in the team's victory with his accolade of conference coach of the year. Coach Stokes trains, you could say, with old school ideology. He encourages his runners at a distance, giving them the space needed to develop their own style, though nearby to provide the ...
The most important thing a high school or college student can do, if they haven't already, is find a focus, in terms of their career. Preferably, this focus is a passion of theirs.
NEW YORK -- It's always risky to appear onstage with a comedian. Not only are funny guys funny but they're aggressive.
Political correctness may be the biggest stealth issue in this political season, partly because people are afraid to talk about it.
Some people love the Constitution so much that they just can't wait to change it.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.
In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?
In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.
First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.
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