WASHINGTON -- There are many crucial items facing the lame-duck Congress, from Ebola to the Islamic State to funding the federal government.
Time will tell, but I do believe this year has been a monumental one for Starkville.
When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate.
Dear Republican Party: Impeach President Obama.
You can't handle the truth.
FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- From the barn come the boards that serve as underpinning for my old house. They are brought to its high side and screwed into the battened cedar for the season. Warnings here are for a freeze.
They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.
The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives.
The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun.
"Ebola has reminded people that it is not just poor people who can die of infectious disease," Bill Gates tells me, in a characteristically matter-of-fact tone.
One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word "liberal" gets tossed around as an insult.
It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."
Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
They were fired up and ready to go home.
The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.
Given the degree and ease of international travel, it was probably inevitable that the Ebola virus would reach the United States from West Africa.
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