As the crazy protracted carnival of the presidential election rolls forward with ever more outrageous rhetoric, spin, downright lies, and "gotcha" moments, it bears remembering what's on television usually has little to do with reality.
Feeling the pull of Thanksgiving's meaning, I got up early Thursday and headed not for the kitchen, but to an eclectic gathering of locals in our small British Columbia town. We are intent on welcoming Syrian refugee families into our community.
For months now, the pundits and the GOP establishment have dismissed the dangers posed by the likes of Trump and Carson and Cruz. But as their rhetoric becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis
Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.
The Showtime documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," which will air Saturday night, pulls the curtain back on America's most secret agency and sheds light on its successes and failures.
In the Republican debates Jeb Bush had the gall to claim that George W. Bush kept us safe, even though more than 3,000 Americans perished nearly a year into his brother's Presidency.
We should not equate post-tragedy toughness with perfect leadership. It's time we started asking questions like: How did this happen?
A friend told me the other day that her daughter cancelled her flight to come home for Thanksgiving because she feared another Paris-like attack in this country. She's driving, instead.
Mr. Paul asked the Florida Senator -- who is becoming the candidate of the GOP establishment -- "How is that conservative?" Senator Paul's question has relevance for many of the candidates in this race.
More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.
Despite the terrorist attacks in Paris, French officials have announced the United Nations Convention on Climate Change will proceed as planned on November 30. The conference is expected to produce a blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of global warming.
We might all curse ISIS right now. The terrorist group has not only perverted its religion; it has perverted the traditions of the Arabic people, a once-glorious set of civilizations that preceded Islam.
In ostensibly promoting tolerance, the essential core of liberalism, left wing extremists have taken on an ill-advised and misguided campaign to enforce an extreme version of political correctness, a form of intolerance that is ironically self-destructively anti-liberal. There is no constitutional right not to be offended.
There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.
Hours after the Paris attack, the fiery rhetoric emitted in France was reckless. President Francoise Hollande promised a "pitiless" counter-offensive. Within a day, France launched massive airstrikes against the ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.
I wish we could be certain that our political leaders would always react to dramatic events only after thoroughly analyzing the situation to determine the most adequate and commensurate response.