| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:32 PM
Here's an idea that periodically develops traction across the political spectrum, even though it's not particularly likely to be implemented: A one-year, nonmandatory national service program for Americans ages 18-28.
One focus for this notion is the...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:32 PM
A federal jury Monday convicted former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for revealing to reporter James Risen highly classified details of a U.S. operation designed to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.
Sterling, 47, of Missouri was convicted of six...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 10:25 PM
The show Monday night was forecast to draw the largest audience in cable television history. A 30-second advertising spot was going for as much $1 million.
The cause of all this attention: the first-ever College Football Playoff championship game....
| Jan 10, 2015
| 11:21 AM
Did I detect a bit of snark about Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement, after reporters noted that California’s top trio of politicians – our two long-serving U.S. senators and our four-term governor –are all well past 70 years old?...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Ah, the new year — better known as the time when all those cliche stories appear in print and online. You know: New Year's resolutions, making sure the 2015 you isn't as depressing as the 2014 you ... the AWESOME things you MUST experience in the...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 9:00 PM
I watched Randy Johnson pitch for the first time in a college game in 1983, and his ascent from awkward freshman to Hall of Famer marks as one of the greatest transformations I've witnessed. The fact he won 24 games and pitched 260 innings at 38 in 2002...
| Oct 1, 2014
Condoleezza Rice knows consensus-building. Tom Osborne and Pat Haden know championship-caliber teams. Mike Tranghese knows selection-committee procedures and metrics.
In short, the College Football Playoff has assembled a stellar cast to determine the...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Of all the shocks and revelations in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, one seems very strange and unlikely: that the agency misinformed the White House and didn't even brief President George W. Bush about its controversial program...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 4:45 PM
FSU dropped No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with selection committee members making it clear that perfection isn’t always good enough.
Florida State (12-0) fell from No. 3 to No. 4 in this week’s rankings despite the...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 9:48 AM
It turns out FSU was good enough to make the College Football Playoff.
After six weeks of constantly defending its body of work to the members of the selection committee, Florida State (13-0) was one of four teams to qualify for four-team playoff. The...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 5:20 PM
If the grand pooh-bahs of college football had any sense of humor, they would have commissioned a 12-member committee including Condoleezza Rice — oh, wait, she's already taken — to select a four-team national playoff to determine the worst...