| Sep 1, 2014
| 3:00 AM
I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:52 AM
"The point is, I'm not who I used to be right now." -- Will McAvoy
"The Newsroom" is at its best when its characters fight for what's right and win. "The Genoa Tip" gave us a bunch of plotlines with characters fighting for things. But were they the right...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a lot of attention Wednesday for mounting an honest-to-God filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. The nation's political class marveled at his real-life Mr. Smith act, the funny stuff his...
| May 23, 2013
| 1:38 PM
It's about time.
President Barack Obama's announcement today of new limits on drone strikes and his renewed call to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay were badly overdue. The United States has lost much credibility overseas with...
| Feb 9, 2013
An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John O. Brennan, was about as cagey as they come last week at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Asked right off the bat by the committee chairwoman,...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 9:12 AM
A rare phenomenon occurred on Capitol Hill the other day when two ranking officials of the Obama administration testified that they had differed with the president they still served over providing arms to the rebels in Syria seeking to oust dictator...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 4:00 AM
If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first.
Consider how readily our leaders, in justifying what cannot be justified, parse definitions down to...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 9:06 AM
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and the other leaders of Congress' intelligence committees this week issued a strong, bi-partisan statement of condemnation for recent leaks of classified information about America's clandestine operations abroad, including...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 4:30 AM
For anyone solicitous of our precious civil liberties, the signing statement that accompanied President Obama's approval of the National Defense Authorization bill last month offers cold comfort.
Concerning the most controversial feature of the bill, the...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 9:15 AM
Regarding the question posed by your editorial "A legitimate target?" (Oct. 3), my answer is an emphatic "Yes!"
In the current global war against terrorism, when an American citizen such as radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was living in Yemen before...
| Sep 14, 2014
No two court cases are the same.
The circumstances of crimes are never identical. And what sentence a defendant is ultimately given is determined by a number of factors, including prior criminal record, the number and weight of the charges, and the...