| Feb 18, 2013
| 9:31 AM
WASHINGTON -- The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood.
| Feb 7, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Have you heard? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are up to their old tricks.
It wasn't so long ago that they cited congressional authorization for the war on terror, passed by Congress one week after September 11, 2001, to justify their use of rendition,...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- If George W. Bush had told us that the "war on terror" gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I'd have gone ballistic. It makes no...
| Feb 10, 2013
If you really want Washington's chattering classes to pay attention to something, an old saying goes, leak it to the media.
Whoever leaked the Justice Department's 16-page confidential "white paper" memo on the use of armed drones to NBC News sparked...
| Feb 10, 2013
"Let's pass a long overdue law to allow voters to participate in primary elections without having to publicly declare their party affiliation."
— Gov. Pat Quinn in his State of the State address
As you probably know, to participate in a...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- Is the position of God subject to the confirmation process?
Does the Lord Almighty require the advice and consent of the Senate?
These are no longer abstract questions.
John Brennan may not be divine, but he plays God often as...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 10:30 AM
PARIS -- A leaked U.S. Department of Justice white paper supporting the killing of terrorists overseas who happen to hold American citizenship is causing mass hyperventilation across America. Although average Americans needn't fear the possibility of...
| Mar 14, 2012
"...nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." -- from the 14th Amendment
Spin it any way you want. Justify it, rationalize it, chalk it up to the exigencies of war. And at the end, the fact...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 9:32 PM
I'm not saying I think President Barack Obama will ask Vice President Joe Biden to step aside and ask Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to take his place on the 2012 ticket. I'm not even saying I'm aware of......
| Sep 29, 2011
| 4:32 PM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review WTTW Ch. 11. Host Joel Weisman with Mary Ann Ahern, NBC-5 News; Lorraine......
| Oct 6, 2011
| 4:33 PM
The quirky Republican presidential candidate (yes, I called him “too old, too odd” to get nominated in a post several months ago, and I' m not taking it back) blasted President Obama for ordering the killing of American-born al-Qaida operative...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 12:29 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Nigerian man convicted of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been sentenced to life in prison.
Authorities say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was traveling from...