| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:55 PM
The explosion of participatory theater — or at least my seeming inability lately to attend a show that does not include some degree of audience interaction — has set my skin in permanent rash mode.
I suspect that I am not alone out here,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:01 PM
Finally, after intense negotiation between the Obama administration and senators including drone-strike stalwart Rand Paul, the government released the much-discussed memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, which was written by David Barron when...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Another national survey is out that points to the struggles people face to make a monthly housing payment.
In the past three years, more than half of adults have taken steps that include getting a second job, racking up credit card debt, cutting back...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Scratch a patent-law expert and you'll find a Supreme Court critic. Most patent lawyers I know disdain the Supreme Court, or at least think it should butt out of their disputes and let the Federal Circuit, made up of experienced patent-law judges, do...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The prognosticators have already declared that, during the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius oral argument, the Supreme Court justices looked poised to extend religious liberty protections to for-profit corporations. Believe them if you want. But two important...
| Dec 14, 2013
It appears that on Dec. 28, barring unexpected political action that would amount to a true Christmas miracle, 1.3 million jobless Americans will stop receiving unemployment benefits.
This is to those people:
I'm sorry this is happening.
| May 2, 2014
| 9:08 AM
The most famous word in movie history is ... you guessed it: "Rosebud."
It is spoken by Charles Foster Kane at the end of his life, which is the beginning of the film about his life, "Citizen Kane." Kane and that 1941 movie, generally regarded as the...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Thank goodness (but not God) for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. If it weren't for her, Monday's Supreme Court ruling upholding prayer before town council meetings in the upstate New York town of Greece would have been a straight-religion vote, with the court'...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Sheryl Sandberg may be finding that the problem with turning herself into an advocate for unappreciated women in the workplace is that there are a lot of unappreciated women out there who need her help.
But it certainly sounds like the eminent...
| Dec 6, 2011
Newt Gingrich wants to pay poor kids to clean toilets. And all of the right people are horrified.
The Nation says Gingrich is running on "a platform that seems to have been written by the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge." The editors of the Newark Star-...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Obamacare was intended, in part, to rein in sky-high healthcare costs.
Yet some doctors and hospitals are responding to the reform law with outstretched palms and brother-can-you-spare-a-dime pleas for more money from patients.
Evelyn Stern, 75, of...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 4:30 PM
In Washington, D.C., politics never takes a day off. But even in this city of nonstop campaigning, nobody's ever seen anything like this: a full-scale political campaign over who should replace Ben Bernanke as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve....