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  • Ending 'Don't ask, don't tell' is about more than gays in the military

    Ending 'Don't ask, don't tell' is about more than gays in the military
    Tuesday marked the end of the Pentagon's nearly two-decade policy barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual people from military service. The death of "Don't ask, don't tell" is a big win for the LGBT rights community, but it may be an even bigger win...
  • Small Wonders: Sentenced to a year in church

    Much as some adults complain about going to church, none are there against their will and all are free to leave any time. As it should be. Kids are another story, because they have to do just about everything against their will. But when a judge is...
  • Foreign aid serves U.S. interests

    The recent Republican presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas put a new spotlight on the issue of U.S. spending on foreign aid, although it may have escaped the notice of many ("Republicans take off gloves in Vegas debate," Oct. 19). Times are tough...
  • Book review: 'The Obamians' examines a small, powerful inner circle

    Book review: 'The Obamians' examines a small, powerful inner circle
    Back in 2004, when James Mann wrote "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet," he took full advantage of the sarcastic nickname that President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors gave themselves. It not only captured their...
  • Time for major cuts in defense spending

    Time for major cuts in defense spending
    Over the past decade, the United States has engaged in the most significant increase in defense spending since the Korean War. Trillions of dollars have been allocated for the Pentagon, with little congressional monitoring or internal oversight. The...
  • Putin returns, and so does a Cold War mentality

    Putin returns, and so does a Cold War mentality
    Now that Vladimir Putin is Russia's president once again, the result of still another fraudulent election, we should expect ever more hostile relations with Moscow. Mr. Putin, a vain and vulgar man, was born and bred to despise the United States. And...
  • Lineup announced for 2013-14 Baltimore Speakers Series

    Lineup announced for 2013-14 Baltimore Speakers Series
    Humorist Dave Barry, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are among those taking part in the 2013-2014 Baltimore Speakers Series. The seven-speaker series, sponsored by Stevenson University, kicks off Sept. 30 with author...
  • Books highlight lineup for speaker series

    Books highlight lineup for speaker series
    Authors Bill Bryson and Doris Kearns Goodwin are among the headliners for the 2013-14 Baltimore Speakers Series, part of a lineup that is sure to delight book lovers. Bryson, whose "In a Sunburned Country" is one of my favorites, will appear Sept. 30 to...
  • 10 things you might not know about Chinese leaders

    10 things you might not know about Chinese leaders
    In recent decades, China has transformed its economy into a powerhouse. Yet the communist country has doubled down on repression of its citizens. Enter Xi Jinping, who took over this month as China's leader. Few are expecting immediate reforms from this...
  • Obama needs Hagel in the Pentagon

    Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president. As I was grousing about this, my...
  • Simeon All Access | Dean of the Wolverines

    Simeon All Access | Dean of the Wolverines
    If Robert Smith has his way, he one day soon will leave Simeon and the program that changed his life and the Chicago basketball scene. For what he hopes is seven more games, the program is still his. The 41-year-old coach of five state championship...