| May 22, 2011
| 6:26 PM
If you have a faulty heart valve and decide to get it replaced, a surgeon will implant an artificial one that has undergone rigorous examination by the Food and Drug Administration.
But if you choose the option recommended for most patients —...
| May 7, 2011
| 6:47 PM
— In the summer of 2006, one of Virginia's most influential lawmakers was hurting for cash.
Emails between Del. Phil Hamilton and his wife, Kim, show that the couple's bank accounts were nearly drained. They couldn't write any more checks or...
| Jun 26, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann has been propelled into the 2012 presidential contest in part by her insistent calls to reduce federal spending, a pitch in tune with the big-government antipathy gripping many conservatives.
But theMinnesota Republican and her...
| May 6, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Surely Kim Barker is the only foreign correspondent to sum up Afghan President Hamid Karzai as "whiny and conflicted, a combination of Woody Allen, Chicken Little and Jimmy Carter," with a national government that "seemed about as effective as a student...
| May 10, 2011
| 1:21 PM
Whether it's the U.S. president ordering the killing of an Islamist extremist in Pakistan, a Long Island congressman scheduling hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America, or mullahs in Afghanistan exhorting mobs to violence in response to a...
| May 13, 2011
We asked you: Should the media face special restrictions for the Casey Anthony trial?
Media, not judge, overstep
If anyone is overreaching on this issue, it would be the news media, not the judge.
We, the public, do not need to...
| May 15, 2011
A big question at the end of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's term was what would become of her powerful chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody, who some observers said had more of a direct hand in running the government than Rell did during their 6½ years in the famous...
| May 20, 2011
| 6:47 PM
SPRINGFIELD--Following a battle between the attorney general and the state police, the Senate sent a measure to Gov. Pat Quinn today that would keep the names of people with gun permits private.
The names and addresses of Illinois Firearm Owner's...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 5:43 PM
Joseph Farah, an Arab author, wrote: "As an Arab-American journalist who has spent a good deal of time covering the region, I can tell you there is more freedom for Arabs in Israel than in any Arab state."
Salma Abedallah, an Israeli Arab-Muslim, echoed:...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 1:42 PM
This is what happens when you reduce your big international trade mission to a tweet, as Maryland Economic Development Secretary Christian S. Johansson did:
"Key take away from Governor and Madame Liu mtg at Chinese 'White House': 'There is more that...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Despite decades of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes, dozens of old power plants still are allowed to kill hundreds of millions of fish each year by sucking in massive amounts of water to cool their equipment.
Records obtained by the Tribune...