| Nov 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
You can't handle the truth.
There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson -- snarled at Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men" -- as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 8:46 AM
My post asking why people hate President Barack Obama certainly produced some strong responses.
One point I was making is that the fury directed at Obama will be studied by historians in years to come. Those historians just have to look at the Internet....
| Oct 29, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Vogue abbreviations in textspeak don't usually intrigue me, but a few days ago Word Spy wrote about one that caught my eye: JOMO.
JOMO stands for "Joy of Missing Out," defined thus: "The pleasure derived from no longer worrying about missing out on what...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Anyone who closely follows American politics runs the risk of becoming inured to the role that money plays in the process. Even before the Supreme Court's infamous —and somewhat misunderstood — ruling in Citizens United, the amount of money in...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Dan Patrick is a political dirt-digger's dream, a candidate with a history of incendiary comments, a bankruptcy and two hospitalizations for mental health issues, one after an attempted suicide.
He is also poised to become lieutenant governor of Texas...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Die-hard liberals and down-the-line conservatives have segregated themselves into strikingly different news universes, relying on sources of information that often reinforce their views and discussing politics mostly with others of like minds, according...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 9:03 PM
When it comes to getting information on politics and government, Fox News has a far greater hold on conservatives than any single media outlet has on liberals.
That’s one of the finding of a new survey by the Pew Research Center, and I suspect...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:08 AM
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Ebola fever in the United States -- the social, not the medical, phenomenon -- is moving toward a climax.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a fresh Washington Post-ABC News poll said they're "concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic in the United...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Sometimes it's hard to tell which is more terrifying: Ebola or the commentary about the virus.
On Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that President Barack Obama is refusing to divert flights from Liberia and other Ebola-infected countries...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 3:13 AM
Paul Carpenter's column would have played in the opinion space today where it has appeared every Sunday since 1989.
With its quiet disappearance is how Paul chose to mark his retirement, effective this week. Bill White is taking over Paul's regular...