| Aug 2, 2009
Three years before Sept. 11, 2001, I attended the eighth annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference in Austin, Texas, and listened to Don Haines of the American Civil Liberties Union give a lunchtime talk called "Is Big Brother Watching You?"...
| Feb 19, 2009
— A few Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment....
| Feb 23, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday defended his decision to raise taxes as a necessary step to stem California's staggering economic crisis.
During appearances on morning news shows in Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger said he would gladly accept...
| Oct 3, 2009
David Letterman has milked plenty of sex scandals for laughs. But it remains to be seen whether the CBS comic's admission Thursday that he had sexual liaisons with female employees while he was involved with his now-wife, the mother of his 5-year-old son,...
| Nov 7, 2010
Say the word "Appalachia" in some variant or another and the probability is pretty high that someone will come back with a humorous remark — or one he or she thinks is funny, but isn't. It's a region that stretches as far north as the state of New...
| Jan 3, 2010
The Decade of Double Talk has just ended. But maybe it's not the end of anything. Maybe we're simply in the midst of the Era of Euphemism. Or the Millennium of Mumbo Jumbo. In any case, here's a historical and contemporary look at how the enemies of...
| Feb 5, 2010
I believe it was my mother who first admonished me never to presume that "you know what really goes on in another person's marriage."
Well, Mom, meet the Sanfords of South Carolina, whose odd and tumultuous union is now an open book, thanks to "Staying...
| Feb 17, 2010
| 3:20 PM
Most people get famous for taking a stand, Jenny Sullivan Sanford sat out.
But here she is sitting pretty - she'll switch the tasteful colorful wrap jersey-style dress and change into solid colors for a TV appearance later that day - at the Four...
| Jul 17, 2009
by Mark Silva Mark Sanford, the roaming governor of South Carolina who campaigned with a pledge to "fix'' the problem of lavish spending of taxpayer dollars, has billed the state $37,600 for one first-class flight and four business-class flight overseas.....
| Nov 5, 2009
It was early summer when Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) admitted to an extramarital affair in a clipped statement intended to limit the damage to a few news cycles. Considering the story broke about the same time as South Carolina Gov.......