It is both a blessing and burden to have been in this business for more than 40 years. I've seen variations on this story too many times. Yet the same nagging issue lingers — What in heaven's name were you thinking? Consider this the universal question of journalism.
Every time the Islamic State commits yet another attack or atrocity, Muslims, particularly Western Muslims, shudder. Attacks like the ones in Paris mean another round of demands that Muslims condemn the acts, as if we should presume guilt, or perhaps some indirect taint.
This past Saturday at midnight, a key intelligence-gathering technique quietly went away. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the National Security Agency began the collection of what is called metadata from telephone calls to and from the United States. Metadata is not the content of the phone …
A year after his 700-page opus Capital in the Twenty-First Century stormed to the top of America's bestseller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book.
In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency promising that he would heal our political divisions. Instead, Obama has become as polarizing as any president in the history of modern polling. The debate over the Syrian refugee crisis illustrates why.
Republicans seeking their party's nomination like to claim that they are the "most conservative" candidate who can win the White House. Similarly, their Democratic counterparts make claims of being the "most progressive" candidate capable of attracting "independent" voters and winning the election.
There is an epic battle brewing over the direction of solar policy in the Sunshine State. If you would like to power your home or business with solar panels, or want a more sustainable and secure energy future, you have a stake in the outcome.
Would you call this a loophole? Or just loopy?
Calling on any nation to repudiate its history is asking a lot. Asking this of the United States — a country that is animated, more than most, by its great national myths — may be asking the impossible.
There's hell. And then there is U.S. 19, where all hope really is lost.
Where is the elusive sense of place?
It's got to be around here somewhere. It sure gets talked about a lot.
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.
Over the last week, a growing number of students at Princeton have demanded that the university confront the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as its president before becoming New Jersey's governor and the 28th president of the United States. Among other things, the students are demanding that Wilson's name be …
It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net.
I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to deal with the lock afterward.
Jay Winik's 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History is a sprawling yet detailed story of World War II encompassing political-military biographies of key participants, vivid battle scenes and a clear picture of the world political environment of the time.
When I turn 18 in January, I will be the first person in my family eligible to vote. I don't take this responsibility lightly as my parents remain undocumented, and I don't feel as if it's only my vote — it's a vote for my entire family.
The perfect example of "if it ain't broke" is Florida's State Park System. At least it was before Gov. Rick Scott and his Department of Environmental Protection secretaries started to meddle.
When campaign season rolls around, too often our electoral choices range between Mr. Ed and Sasquatch.
Four centuries after the pilgrims, families are still celebrating their successful arrival on North American shores with a big meal at the end of November.