| Feb 10, 2015
| 1:23 PM
Today's pop quiz involves oxymorons, those often amusing contradictory two-word expressions like jumbo shrimp, amicable divorce and Fox News.
OK, which of the following oxymorons has gained favor within the higher ranks of finance and politics: a)...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 3:47 PM
Separatist forces deployed more arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint in eastern Ukraine, hours before diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons.
| Nov 16, 2014
| 2:01 PM
Criticized for being long on promises and short on delivery, leaders of the Group of 20 major economies set a target of lifting global economic output by at least 2% over five years -- an ambitious goal that would add $2 trillion to the world economy...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Japan has fallen back into a recession, a continuation of more than two decades of struggles and a warning about the overwhelming challenge of getting an economy healthy again after massive debt and a real estate bubble poison it.
Like the U.S. and...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 7:27 PM
Comedian Bill Maher is scheduled to be the speaker at UC Berkeley’s mid-year commencement, but some students, who object to what they allege to be his anti-Muslim statements, are asking administrators to rescind the invitation.
A petition urging...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The International Monetary Fund sharply lowered its U.S. growth projection for the year and issued a cautionary note to investors: Don't be too confident about interest rates.
Like others in the economic forecasting business, the IMF downgraded its U.S....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 6:00 AM
For decades, questions posed to Hillary Rodham Clinton have turned on the subject of hair. But for all the eyerolls, that famous coif — in all its scrunchie-to-bob iterations — has turned out to be a very helpful talking point.
| May 31, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Is it a sign of the times that commencement speeches have become controversial?
This year has been marked by a string of protests at college campuses across the country against the people invited to deliver keynote addresses at graduation ceremonies....
| May 14, 2014
| 4:18 PM
With commencement season heading into full swing, the scandal du jour is the rising number of speakers hounded off their graduation podiums (podia?) by student protests or threats thereof.
Rutgers graduates and their parents will be deprived of the...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Last week, former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau joined a growing group of prominent public figures who have declined invitations to speak at college commencement ceremonies because of protests. Birgeneau — and the students who might...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:14 PM
Silly me. I thought American colleges were bastions of free speech, where faculty and students believe in "the marketplace of ideas."
Not at Haverford College, Smith College or Rutgers University.
Each of these institutions of higher learning...