| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:34 PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron pushed hard against Scottish independence Monday, three days before Scots vote on whether to secede from Britain.
“I want to speak very directly to the people of this country today about what is at stake,&...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Scots will be worse off if they vote for independence. It's not good economics, and not much else is at stake.
Unlike the now dormant — but never dead — separatist movement in Quebec and rising tide for independence in Catalonia, the...
| Sep 5, 2014
Writing a fall books preview on a limited word budget is a futile exercise. So many great titles hit the shelves in the peak publishing season that kicks off in September and runs through the end of the year, that even as we highlight quite a few, we...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: "The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part,...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 11:45 AM
According to much of Western punditry, Russia's military action in Ukraine's Crimea region is an unprovoked act of aggression by the increasingly autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin, who should stop meddling in the transition underway in Kiev...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:36 AM
In the original 1990's British version of "House of Cards," Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) is a conservative ideological extremist who rises through the political ranks by defeating one starry-eyed opponent after another. He is a cold-blooded...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Meryl Streep will portray political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the historical drama "Suffragette," extending the actress' string of real-life female roles including Julia Child in "Julie and Julia," Anna Wintour in "The Devil Wears Prada" and Margaret...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the great heroine of conservative Britain, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, which is named for a great hero of that country's left.
The Orwell Prize, named for "1984" author...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Everyone likes secrets, especially dramatists. So it's no surprise that the unraveling of the mysteries of the current Queen Elizabeth's famously undocumented weekly meetings with her prime minister proved audience catnip in Peter Morgan's fictional...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The Antaeus Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" brings us refreshingly back to the basics of great theater: a sharply intelligent, poetically daring play; a company of actors dedicated to serving both their characters and an author's...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:45 PM
Renounced title to stay in House of Commons
Tony Benn, 88, a committed British socialist who irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than...