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Requiem For A Heavyweight: Merle Haggard

(58) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 5:05 PM

With the death of Merle Haggard, an often overlooked, underestimated era of American culture has almost passed. Willie Nelson is now the last man standing. He, along with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, are the last living giants of country music's golden age.

Perhaps there's a new such time already...

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The Defining Challenge of the 21st Century

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 5:03 PM

How do we bring sanity to the climate change "debate"? Well, it starts by hearing from people who are sane about the issue. The rhetoric on climate change has been heating up as fast as global temperatures, and it's a shame. Because for all the bad news surrounding the issue,...

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Mugged by Reality

(16) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 11:14 AM

"People will get mugged by reality." It's a very provocative line of rhetoric, especially coming from a man who earned a reputation for knowing how to parse his words. And yet there was the venerable George Shultz, Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State, and arguably one of the most distinguished public...

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Derek Jeter, and Our Own Mortality

(11) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:26 AM

The baseball great Jackie Robinson was famously quoted as saying, "athletes die twice." And I found that thought echoing in my mind as I watched the final games of Derek Jeter. What must this past season have been like for a man with still so much life before him, hearing...

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Tragedy Upon Tragedy

(54) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:25 AM

What a wrenching loss, not only for Steven Sotloff's family, but for all of us. The young journalist was just 31 years old, doing important work and what he loved in a far off corner of the world. His death feels all the more horrific not just because of the...

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La Historia y los problemas raciales de Ferguson, Missouri

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Al mismo tiempo que veía las imágenes que llegaban esta semana de Ferguson, Missouri, no pude evitar la siguiente conclusión: hemos dejado que un nocivo revisionismo histórico debilite el legado del movimiento por los derechos civiles.

Hace medio siglo, después de cubrir hitos históricos [en la cuestión racial...

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La storia e Ferguson, in Missouri

(7) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Guardando con un senso nauseante di déja vu le immagini di Ferguson, Missouri, di quest'ultima settimana, non potevo che giungere a questa conclusione: abbiamo permesso che un dannoso revisionismo storico mettesse in discussione quel che i movimenti per i diritti civili hanno conquistato.

Mezzo secolo fa, dopo essermi...

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History and Ferguson, Missouri

(113) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:52 AM

As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, I couldn't help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement.

A half century ago, after covering datelines...

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'Greyhound Therapy' and America's Mental Health Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:03 PM

By some estimates, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness, which includes depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet conversations on mental illness are uncommon. That was until last year, when a schizophrenic man disembarked from a Greyhound bus in Sacramento, California. He had been placed...

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I Have Been in the Presence of Greatness

(52) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:07 AM

In thinking about Nelson Mandela, his life and his legacy, a metaphor comes to mind: that of a great, one-for-the-ages comet -- not unlike the Comet ISON that recently traveled around the sun.

Mandela was a great comet of a man; we are not likely to see someone like him...

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Gone to Pot

(335) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:48 AM

The old expression about everything being bigger in Texas just got trumped by what's happening in California. In my career as a reporter, I've been on more than a few drug raids and seen my fair share of marijuana plants. But nothing prepared me for what's growing in northern California....

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What Hugo Chavez Left Behind

(178) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Hugo Chavez has died of cancer, and to the end he refused to say what type of cancer it was. As we reported last May, Chavez had metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that the Venezuelan strongman lived with much longer than he was expected to. That's what our source, who...

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The German Jobs Machine

(387) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:43 AM

It seems impossible to believe that in a country with 12 million people looking for work, there are nearly 3.7 million open jobs in America, right now. But that's what the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, and a chunk of those unfilled jobs -- up to 275,000 depending whom you...

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How Israel's Iron Dome Is Also Saving Palestinian Lives

(230) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 10:25 AM

There's been a lot written recently about Iron Dome -- Israel's high-tech missile defense system that hit the world stage during Israel's eight-day conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Its unprecedented success rate: Intercepting eight out of 10 rockets launched just miles away. Its rapid development: Iron Dome went...

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He Ain't Wrong, He's Just Different

(11) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Caught my old friend Billy Joe Shaver's gig last week at New York's "Hill Country."

What a hoot. Sheer down-home grit, grin, groan and guzzle, Texas style. Only thing missing was the chicken wire. (There are still joints in Texas where in the shank of the evening they drop down...

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College on the Cheap

(10) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 4:30 PM

A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity. But the cost of going to college has never been so high, and the value of having that diploma has never...

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Recalculating the Presidential Race

(315) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 5:00 PM

The dynamic of the race for the presidency has shifted; the contours have changed.

For a long while this year, the following was the more or less consensus assessment: Republicans had an excellent chance of winning because of the economy, especially the jobs picture. When Mitt Romney won the...

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Thinking About Europe

(56) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:52 PM

Among the many important subjects you won't hear discussed in the U.S. Presidential campaign is Europe. One reason is that foreign policy rarely moves votes in our elections. Any talk about Europe in particular -- unless it directly involves high finance or war and peace -- risks inducing narcolepsy among...

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Has the Press Lost Its Guts... Or Is It Just Being "Fair"?

(302) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:57 PM

This was a question I put to congressional scholars Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, co-authors of the book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.

Both Ornstein and Mann, self-described independents, are well respected in their...

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