Specter haunting the GOP

A specter is haunting the Republican Party. The specter of marginalization. Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Arlen Specter triggered political shockwaves by announcing he is switching parties, and will run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

Extinct 'hobbits' defy placement on the human family tree

The good scientist, when faced with a piece of reality that doesn’t seem to click with existing theory, relishes a new opportunity to dive back into that wonderful pond again where he or she thrashes around, swims and explores until he or she can come out with a little more knowledge.


Why did Susan Boyle become a global phenom?

I first saw the headline on Google. Something about “Britain’s Got Talent ‘never been kissed’ Susan Boyle attracts wide viewership.” Yes, the never been kissed part perked my interest.

Restoring reason at the FDA

It's official. Seventeen year-olds now get a second chance to prevent pregnancy as easily as older women do. The FDA, per order of the White House, extended over-the-counter access to emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, to 17-year-olds April 23.


May Day -- Born in the USA

Many of us never learned in school that May Day, the most widely celebrated holiday in the world, was born here in the USA.

Immigration reform welcome news

We welcome the news that both of the nation’s major labor federations have agreed to join forces to support an overhaul of the immigration system. They are backing the Obama administration’s call for a path to legalized status for each of the 12 million undocumented people now living and working in the United States.

Letters: Nukes, Berenson, Travel to Cuba, free speech, J.H. Franklin

Nuclear sense Fujimori and Berenson Dangerous speech Travel to Cuba John Hope Franklin

Love your mother

Earth Day, April 22, is sandwiched between Tax Day, April 15, and Workers Memorial Day, April 28. Just around the corner is May Day, May 1, the international workers day and a day for flower baskets and maypoles. What do they all have in common?

Unemployment -- not a lagging indicator of economy

It is conventional wisdom pontificated ad nauseam on business channels like CNBC and Bloomberg that employment figures are “lagging indicators” of the state of a country’s economy.

Editorial: Seeking a nuke-free world

President Obama told a crowd of 20,000 in Prague April 5 that the U.S., the only nation that has ever used nuclear weapons, has a “moral responsibility” to lead the way in seeking “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

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