| Nov 20, 2012
If we've learned anything over the resignation of retired Gen. David Petraeus as the head of the CIA over an admitted affair, it's that high-ranking men and women continue to break the rules. Affairs will always make the headlines. So why is it that these...
| Nov 14, 2012
If Paula Broadwell is David H. Petraeus' mistress, what is he to her?
Biography subject, sure. Boyfriend, maybe. But what's the male equivalent of "mistress"?
The growing cast of extremely prolific characters (30,000 pages of email!) in the Petraeus...
| 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...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:32 PM
In “Election Night, Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Season 2 of HBO's The Newsroom, it is, indeed, election night 2012, the culmination of two largely wasted years of presidential campaigning, with Barack Obama soon to hand Mitt Romney his...