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  • FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

    FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes
    U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases....
  • Israel, Palestine and the almost deal

    Israel, Palestine and the almost deal
    Gaza remains in rubble, and so does the Israel-Palestinian peace process. The latest talks collapsed in April, though it feels longer ago given the summer of violence that came afterward. Of all the world's flash points to consider, why even look at...
  • Free trade needs a champion

    Free trade needs a champion
    The European Union just wrapped up a free trade deal with Canada that is widely seen as the road map for a larger deal between the EU and U.S. Now is the time for a clarion call on trade. President Barack Obama? Hello? After setting trade talks in...
  • The end of marriage [Commentary]

    Ward and June. Ozzie and Harriet. Jim and Margaret Anderson. If you recognize those couples — and if you grew up wishing they were your parents — you likely hearken to a time when the American family was made up of a breadwinning father...
  • Lenders usually require consistent income to refinance mortgage

    WASHINGTON — Ed Fine's recent rejection for a refinancing of his home loan wasn't exactly like former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's. But there are enough similarities to raise questions about current tight mortgage market standards...
  • Fighters from 80-plus countries in Syria may pose threats on return

    As the migration of disaffected young men and women to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq intensifies, so do fears among security services worldwide that their radicalized nationals will bring terrorist plots home with them when the battles are over....
  • Despite failed refi, Bernanke has plenty of mortgage options

    An unidentified lender rejected Ben S. Bernanke's request to refinance the loan on his Washington, D.C., house, but the former chairman of the Federal Reserve could easily have found a deal elsewhere had he looked around, mortgage experts said. Bernanke...
  • Gopal Ratnam: Joe Biden is the only honest man in Washington

    Gopal Ratnam: Joe Biden is the only honest man in Washington
    Vice President Joe Biden has had to apologize, twice, to two key U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State. It wasn't because he lobbed false accusations at them. It was because he accidentally told some inconvenient truths. Speaking at the...
  • Since when can't Ben Bernanke refinance his Washington house?

    Since when can't Ben Bernanke refinance his Washington house?
    The account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke of how he couldn't refinance his Washington townhouse seemed the perfect example of mortgage lending standards that many complain are too tight.  Lending experts, though, said Bernanke's...
  • We're not getting the federal government we deserve

     We're not getting the federal government we deserve
    Whatever happened to good old American know-how? The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence. The Secret Service can't protect the White House. Public health authorities can't get their arms around a one-man...
  • Obama meeting with Israel premier points up disagreements

    Obama meeting with Israel premier points up disagreements
    After a summer of tension over the war in the Gaza Strip, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered a new season of troubles in their often-fraught relationship with a meeting Wednesday that highlighted hard disagreements...