| 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...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 3:33 PM
We have many bits of tid in today's Friday Files. But first, an update on the battle between the city of Orlando and the activists atLake Eola.
In Wednesday's column, I made a pitch for compromise in this long-running feud, which isn't helping anyone....
| Jun 15, 2011
| 3:06 PM
It didn't start with Twitter — and it won't end with Weiner.
For centuries, the theme of sexual sins committed by the powerful has been scintillating source material for the arts. In poems and plays, in novels and films and TV series, artists...
| 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...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 12:27 PM
What New York Rep. Anthony Weiner did was disgusting and weird, and his direct lies and attempts to cover it up were inexcusable. But his resignation Thursday after pressure from fellow Democrats (including, somewhat indirectly, President Barack Obama)...