| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed.
"If a lot of African-Americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?" he said recently on his radio show, referencing...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 3:25 PM
The Times' editorial page on Sunday called for the Metropolitan Water District to adopt a package of ethics reforms that was on a committee agenda Monday and before the full board Tuesday.
It passed. Members of the district, which is made up of 26...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has inspired several commentators -- including my colleague Patt Morrison -- to meditate on the cultural implications of his decision. I’m more interested in a political question:...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Simon Cowell and Howard Stern may have radically different backgrounds, but both sit at judges' tables on reality competition shows, and they are tied atop Forbes magazine's list of the highest-paid TV personalities.
According to Forbes, Cowell and...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Christopher Lane was Australian. But his death in Oklahoma -- allegedly at the hands of three "bored" teenagers -- has become entangled in uncomfortable conversations and innuendo about race in the U.S.
And nothing about the debate, of course, has...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:50 PM
"Dad, Rush Limbaugh and Me," about the divide between a liberal daughter and a conservative father, touched a nerve this week.
Overwhelmingly, the forceful responses by dozens of readers took one of two points of view: the opinion piece by Madeline...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 5:50 AM
Oprah Winfrey is so spectacular at public relations that her methods should be taught in schools.
When Winfrey gets behind something, she promotes it with relentless enthusiasm. In recent weeks, she has put "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on everyone's radar....
| Aug 28, 2013
To some people, it has been said, all black people look alike. These days all black issues seem to look alike too.
What else explains the false comparisons that conservatives, who ought to know better, insist on making between two horrible,...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Does the 1st Amendment’s ban on the “establishment of religion” end at the water’s edge? That question arose several years ago when it was revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development had spent hundreds of...
| Aug 20, 2013
Re “Dad, Rush Limbaugh and me,” Opinion, Aug. 18
The opinion piece makes a clear point that conservatives have known for a while: Liberals are closed-minded and will never compromise or even consider anyone else's beliefs but their own....
| Aug 21, 2013
| 5:16 AM
When white Philadelphia Eagles receiver, Riley Cooper, was recently taped using the word "nigger" while obviously intoxicated, I was curious as to how his African-American teammates would respond. In popular culture we're all aware that the words "nigger"...