| Dec 30, 2012
It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.
Example: This year the "reality" show "Jersey Shore," which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:27 AM
In “The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice,” former Chicago Tribune reporter Vanessa M. Gezari looks at the Human Terrain System, an unusual program set up to help American soldiers understand the cultural context of information...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:54 AM
World War II lasted six years, but Rick Atkinson needed 14 years to complete his massive trilogy on the conflict. That turned out to be time well spent. Now the wait for the concluding volume of “The Liberation Trilogy,” his magisterial...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 4:00 PM
American Military Command from World War II to Today
Thomas E. Ricks
Penguin Press: 556 pp., $32.95
Deep in his impressive, disturbing study of U.S. Army leadership, "The Generals: American...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:46 AM
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in two villages pleaded guilty Wednesday in a move expected to spare him from the death penalty.
And when a military judge asked Robert Bales, 39, why he slaughtered the men, women...
| May 4, 2013
| 8:28 AM
President Obama sounded genuinely outraged last week when he talked about the Kafkaesque situation at the Guantanamo prison camp, where the United States has been holding 166 men without trial for terms that are, at this point, officially endless.
| Jun 4, 2013
| 5:48 PM
WASHINGTON -- Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who triggered the federal investigation that exposed CIA Director David H. Petraeus’ extramarital affair and forced his resignation, is suing the FBI and Pentagon for violating her privacy and...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 4:43 PM
“Saturday Night Live” had more success spoofing television than politics this weekend. The most memorable sketches satirized Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show and the Emmy-winning “Homeland.” DeGeneres (Kate McKinnon) couldn't sit...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 4:32 PM
President Barack Obama accepted Patraeus' resignation after he disclosed the affair....
| May 2, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Employees at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power earned average total pay of nearly $100,000 in 2011 -- more than 50% higher than the average total pay of all other city employees, a Times analysis of payroll data found.
That pay is also about...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Those who refer to Thanksgiving as "Turkey Day" should be exiled from polite society. Thank you. Oh, and no more calling the sex scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus a "tragedy." Nobody died....