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Hunting Down the Boston Bombers: It Isn't Over

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:36 PM

The authorities have preliminarily concluded that the brothers Tsarnaev acted alone, and were self-taught terrorists who were angered by U.S. conduct in Afghanistan and Iraq. If you believe that, you believe in the tooth fairy.

As more and more facts come out concerning the investigation of the Boston massacre, however,...

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Sleeping With the Fishes: A World Without Trust

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 1:37 PM

Trust has always been central to the American enterprise. 

The fourth and final stanza of the National Anthem ends with:

"Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
 And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
 And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave / 
O'er...

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What's Behind the "Honest Services" Decision?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2010 | 2:02 PM

Rarely do U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg on the left and Scalia and Thomas on the right agree on anything, but on Thursday they did. Both agreed with all the other Justices that §1346, a federal criminal statute making it a fraud to "deprive another of the intangible right of...

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What Are Honest Services?

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 3:51 PM

Francois de Callieres was a diplomat in the court of Louis XIV with a gift of prescience. His seminal work, "The Practice of Diplomacy," written in 1716 was a textbook in the art of negotiation. Admired by Thomas Jefferson, Callieres won high marks from Saint-Simon, himself no slouch of a...

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Cyber War or Cyber Jaw

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Are we really in a "Cyber War?" Are unidentified enemies around the world scheming to bring down Western civilization with a single keystroke? Or is the whole thing overblown paranoia?

In his compelling book Cyber War, written with Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke, former head of counterterrorism security in...

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What a Difference a Justice Makes

(9) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 4:28 PM

Handicapping President Obama's likely next Supreme Court pick would challenge the talents of Jimmy the Greek. There was a time in the run-up to nomination of a Supreme Court Justice that we mulled over a candidate's writings and speeches to discern liberal or conservative pre-dispositions towards issues that frequently come...

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Terrorism and Technology: Strange Bedfellows in the Digital Age

(23) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 7:48 PM

Commenting on the Moscow subway bombings, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass sees the tragedy as a "reminder of just how vulnerable...[we] are...to these kinds of low-tech immediate threats." He asserts, "there's no way you can protect every train, every shopping mall, every part of a modern open...

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Are We on the Brink of a Cyber-War?

(45) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 2:42 PM

Howard Schmidt, President Obama's newly minted "cyber-czar" certainly has his work cut out for him.

Last November, Google claimed that Chinese hackers had penetrated its digital infrastructure. As a result of the attack, Google threatened to leave China altogether. Later, Google's co-founder, Sergei Brin, softened the company's stance and said...

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Where Is Obama's Cyberczar?

(8) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 5:15 PM

In May, President Barack Obama completed his long-awaited "cyberspace policy review," concluding that cyberspace is a strategic asset that must be safeguarded from attack as a national security priority. He recalled how hackers had gotten into his own campaign servers and  worried that crucial infrastructure, public and private,...

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The Healthcare Conundrum: Getting Out of the Box

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 4:08 PM

When President Obama says he wants to overhaul the health care system and provide coverage for 46 million uninsured Americans, he surely hasn't forgotten the grim reality that Medicare, Lyndon Johnson's program that provides medical coverage at government expense to 45.2 million Americans 65 years and older, is now--or soon...

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Mexico -- Immigration Si; Corruption No

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 4:21 PM

Oh, down in Mexico

I never really been so I don't really know Oh, Mexico I guess Ill have to go

--James Taylor

With President Obama meeting with Mexico's President this week for the second time in four months to discuss guns, drugs and money laundering, the world ponders...

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News Content on the Internet: Will There Always Be a Free Lunch?

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM

The contours of the global media market have undeniably changed. There is too much evidence to deny it. Print journalism is on its way out to take its place with the one-horse shay "as if it had been to the mill and ground." Online news and comment is in.
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