"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" -- Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me" When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion and fear, would feel like cooperating with the monsters who killed him. It would make me an accomplice.
The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today.
Was James Holmes -- convicted of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre -- nuts?
America is a nation of faith. So it is often said.
Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety.
Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be?
Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist.
"All lives matter." Those words have risen as a kind of counter to "Black lives matter," the movement that coalesced in response to recent killings and woundings of unarmed African-Americans by assailants -- usually police officers -- who often go unpunished.
While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton's campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills.
I wake up in the delightfully retro Austin Motel and see that the childproof top remains on the ibuprofen, which means I did not make it to midnight to hear Bobby Rush at the Continental Club. And that means I'm likely to finish my waltz across Texas without any music.
Are you one of the 54 percent of all Americans whose medical records are typed and stored on Epic?
Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.
Here is a challenge for you.
"Trump's immigration proposals are as dangerous as they are stunning," railed amnesty activist Frank Sharry.
You should know that I have this thing about long road trips with a turnaround planned but not realized until there are a lot of detours and meanderings and good music that doesn't require a ticket. I'm overdue.
It is that sane and glorious time when the nation's capital dispenses its human cargo to places of origin and locations of respite. "I don't know why everyone leaves," I remarked to my neighbor. "There's so much great parking." (Don't muddle; it's a joke.) There is, indeed, great parking, as well as less traffic. With the political contingent largely gone, the Hill is as quiet as a morning after and "normal" people are dining out.
In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016. Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action. For there is a plot afoot in The Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.
With one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.
If his Republican opponents will not take down Donald Trump, Fox News will not only show them how it is done. Fox News will do the job for them.
We hope all the politicians are paying attention to what's transpiring in Jackson County.
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