| May 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
We don't normally expect our presidents to pay close attention to how long veterans are being asked to wait for care in the vast medical system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
But we do expect presidents to appoint Cabinet officers and...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:16 PM
For those closely following the midterm elections it may seem a bit like a roller coaster, or watching one of those zombie movies where the undead awaken and rise from the big dirt nap.
We speak, naturally, of the “tea party” and its...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Let us now praise Vladimir Putin.
Yes, Russia's president is a cold-hearted autocrat. And yes, he rules through a network of nasty oligarchs bent on squeezing profit from their country's oil riches. If he covets a piece of territory, he's liable to...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:24 PM
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki knows adversity.
As a soldier in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded twice, the second time during a second tour of duty when he stepped on a land mine and lost half of his right foot. That should have...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:38 PM
The unexpected death in Egypt this week of pro-democracy activist and writer Bassem Sabry has led his friends and followers to honor him by promoting the principles and views he had expressed since the nation’s 2011 uprising.
| Feb 6, 2014
Vladimir Putin has been on his best behavior as the Sochi Olympic Games approach. He has granted amnesty to prisoners and political opponents, downplayed Russia's anti-gay law, lifted a blanket prohibition on demonstrations at Sochi and acted the...
| Feb 20, 2014
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Last week, before Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia, I asked a leading Putinologist, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, what the Russian president was likely to do.
"He's on the offensive," she said. "In his view, he'...
| Mar 30, 2014
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke first gained prominence writing about the Great Depression. Now he plans a memoir to defend how he and other officials battled the biggest crisis and economic downturn since then.
“I'd like to be...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Teenagers throughout the nation are having a tougher time finding work opportunities, but few are finding it more difficult than those living in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region.
The details come from a gloomy report released Friday by...
| Apr 20, 2014
It was tempting to look at last week's diplomatic agreement to pull Ukraine back from the brink of war and see the beginning of a grand compromise between Russia and the West.
Tempting, but mistaken.
Vladimir Putin is still winning most of what he...