| Apr 21, 2012
| 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON — Watergate felon and prison reformer Charles W. Colson, who died Saturday at age 80 in northern Virginia, was two people.
He was Richard Nixon's "hatchet man," the president's "evil genius," who by his own admission was "ruthless in...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:37 PM
When Barnaby Conrad was nearly killed in a 1958 bullfight, his celebrity pals were buzzing about it at Sardi's in New York.
"Did you hear about poor Barnaby?" Eva Gabor asked Noel Coward in her thick Hungarian accent. "He was terribly gored in Spain."...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:19 PM
A political conservative turned liberal, lifelong Roman Catholic and world-class curmudgeon, Garry Wills has called President Barack Obama a disappointment and Pope Benedict XVI irrelevant — and that was before the pontiff announced his resignation....
| Jan 13, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use of marijuana, it's time for Floridians to start talking seriously about doing the same.
Legalization won't come overnight. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found only 42 percent of...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 10:36 AM
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:30 PM
Ordinarily, the news that a long overdue memorial to an historic American leader has been put on hold still again would come as a disappointment. But if you've seen the innocuous design for an Eisenhower memorial in the nation's capitol, the news may come...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:52 PM
The Fugs finally return to Chicago on Saturday at the City Winery after a 44-year absence. The reception for the band is bound to be a bit warmer than it was when the counter-culture pioneers last performed here, on Dec. 28, 1968, at the Aragon Ballroom....
| Nov 17, 2012
| 5:17 AM
Once upon a time, society had the decency to keep its nut jobs largely under wraps.
We were like a giant Snickers bar. You knew the nuts were in there. But they were tucked safely away between the chocolate and the nougat.
The Internet changed all...
| Oct 3, 2012
After declining to give details of the Romney-Ryan tax plan during a testy back-and-forth with host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, offered a novel excuse. He didn't want to put viewers...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:32 PM
UPDATED with many new links: Saul Alinsky, really? What small percentage of Americans knows enough about Saul Alinsky to understand Newt Gingrich's continual use of his name to slur President Barack Obama? A list of recent commentaries and relevant...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 4:32 PM
In What if all sides are wrong about taxes? (Salon), Michael Lind tells the following tale: Back in the 1980s, when I was a young neoconservative (when that meant Cold War liberal, not Middle East-bombing neo-imperialist), my work helping William......