| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:40 AM
President Barack Obama has spent the last few days previewing Tuesday night's State of the Union address to appreciative audiences. With such proposals as more aid for community college students, Obama and his speechwriters want to open the fourth quarter...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 6:10 PM
Since its arrival in theaters last month, the civil rights drama "Selma" has earned critical praise and predictions of Oscar glory.
But when Academy Awards voters on Thursday revealed their choices, the film was mostly overlooked. "Selma," about the...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:24 AM
On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Each of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people last week was an atrocity, an affront to freedom and an act of terrorism. On those points, most people agree, and they're right. Most people also fear this marks the beginning of a rash of extremist...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured al-Qaida suspects, two prominent American figures stoutly defended the practice --...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 2:40 PM
The massacre Tuesday at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, is likely to set off a new round of fighting between the country's army and the Taliban. But the attack may also push President Barack Obama to renew the counterterrorism partnership with Pakistan...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama certainly was right to step in as a defender of freedom of the press in America by criticizing Sony Entertainment's decision to withdraw from theaters its comic movie featuring an assassination of North Korean dictator Kim...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Five St. Louis Rams felt a higher calling Sunday. They took the field during pregame introductions displaying the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture.
At the risk of sounding like a St. Louis County grand juror, I would have preferred different...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 6:37 PM
I've been thinking lately about the persistently vituperative and insulting attacks on President Barack Obama since 2008. It is, of course, commonplace in American politics for presidents to be lambasted for their policies, their programs, their values...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 8:39 AM
There's an extraordinary tale of valor under fire in the opening pages of Stephen E. Ambrose's World War II book "Citizen Soldiers." It perfectly depicts the American fighting spirit and even has a homespun punch line:
After a Mississippi woodsman and...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 9:15 AM
On Sept. 11, 2001 Islamic fundamentalism became a permanent and unwanted fixture in our lives. We thought with the death of Osama bin Laden and our military withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, we would return to the way things were on Sept. 10, 2001....