| Jul 14, 2014
| 3:52 PM
In the quest for simple answers to complex problems, one irrational explanation for the humanitarian crisis at our southern border demands an unqualified refutation.
That would be the conspiracy theory being peddled by conservatives that President Obama...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are the first would-be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to go mano-a-mano.
The fight is sharply drawn. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Perry warned of a growing...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Kyle Rhodes visited Dr. Brett A. King at the Yale School of Medicine late last summer, seeking help for a severe case of psoriasis.
The Killingworth man, now 25, also had — still has — alopecia, the condition that causes a person's hair to...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 5:52 PM
What authority in his or her right mind would fail to take serious action in the case of a young man who claimed to have accidentally crossed an international border with three loaded guns and enough ammo to take out an entire town square? What...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- The fact that U.S. President Barack Obama is putting hundreds of boots back onto the ground in Iraq to protect American interests is the result of some bad decisions and missed opportunities to correct course. Except that Russian President...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:41 PM
Americans have always been a politically contentious lot. But one topic seems to produce more pure vitriol than any other: the Affordable Care Act.
I posted an item on my Times blog, the Economy Hub, citing new statistics indicating that the act has...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:48 AM
The new House majority leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, wasted no time this week establishing his bona fides with the right wing of his party. He went on "Fox News Sunday" to declare that he was in favor of shutting down the Export-Import...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 1:51 PM
In the movie "Baja Oklahoma" (Leslie Ann Warren, Julia Roberts, Peter Coyote) a bookie who frequents the bar around which the plot revolves is asked at one point why he doesn't wager on soccer. He responds that he would never bet on a sport where they...
| Jan 24, 2012
There is no shrewder scribe than that ideologically slippery, made-in-Chicago fox David Mamet, who deftly figured out that the one problem with all those very careful, earnest and politically correct plays about America struggling to come to terms with...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 2:36 PM
"Side Effects May Include …," the new solo comedy from the "Seinfeld" writer Marc Jaffe and playwright Eric Coble, bills itself as a play about Parkinson's disease. By Act 2, it feels very much like a show about sex.
That's because an increased...
| Apr 19, 2012
Of the previous 99 mainstage revues at the Second City, almost all have offered the audience a chance to shout out suggestions for improvised scenes. But you have to be loud and fast — and even then some other schmuck's dumb idea might get picked...