Published: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:59:53 GMT2013-09-23T22:59:53ZCopyright: Copyright 2006 CondeNet Inc. All rights reserved.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-08-05T04:00:00ZIt’s been another political season of impressively gaudy sex scandals, further confounding America’s hard-won reputation as a nation of censorious puritans. The paradox isn’t so surprising, when you think about it: the broader the range of sex-related activities deemed immoral, unnatural, or . . .
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-07-29T04:00:00ZIf you were to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to Diego Rivera’s magnificent murals depicting scenes at the Ford Motor Company in the early nineteen-thirties, and then take a stroll through the surrounding streets, you might be surprised at what you would find: coffee shops . . .
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-07-22T04:00:00ZFor some years, the N.R.A.’s approach to gun-rights advocacy has amounted to a variant of the old Maoist dictum, to the effect that democracy flows from the barrel of a gun. In March, the group provided a novel twist on the theme of sidearm liberty when it . . .
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-07-15T04:00:00ZAmerican foreign aid has always been an awkward exercise in high-minded self-interest—humanitarian goals balanced uneasily with strategic calculations. Whenever these two come into conflict, Presidents inevitably find a way out of their loftier commitments. In 1947, when Secretary of State George C. Marshall proposed a huge . . .
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-07-01T04:00:00ZThe Supreme Court’s embrace of gay rights last week had an almost serene majesty. The obvious correctness of the Court’s judgment, its curt dismissal of a monstrous injustice, had a grandeur that requires little elaboration. Yet the decision had its roots in something prosaic and largely . . .
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-06-24T04:00:00ZThe carved minaret above Aleppo’s twelfth-century Umayyad Mosque collapsed in April. The city, which is Syria’s most populous, has endured Hittite, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule, little of it benevolent. But this year, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have delivered a distinctly . . .
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-06-17T04:00:00ZSince the first week of June, when the Washington Post and London’s Guardian, doing the work that journalism is supposed to do, published detailed news of the National Security Agency’s gigantic programs of cell-phone and Internet information-gathering, the world has been riveted. These were . . .
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-06-03T04:00:00ZIn 1969, when nothing excited the public’s interest like the depredations of drug fiends, the Louisville Courier-Journal sent a reporter named Paul Branzburg to penetrate Kentucky’s marijuana underground. He published eyewitness accounts; a photograph accompanying one of them showed hands hovering over a pile of . . .
Mon, 27 May 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-05-27T04:00:00ZIt was edifying while it lasted. A bipartisan immigration bill, supported by an unusually wide coalition of business, labor, church, and humanitarian groups, made its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, the baying over Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service was fierce and rising . . .
Mon, 20 May 2013 04:00:00 GMT2013-05-20T04:00:00ZA lot of what’s known about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be traced back to a chemist named Charles David Keeling, who, in 1958, persuaded the U.S. Weather Bureau to install a set of monitoring devices at its Mauna Loa observatory, on the island of Hawaii. By . . .