As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.
These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams - and tougher times for journalism.
Flashback: Galileo is under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun.
When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A: Sarah Palin.
Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.
If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error.
Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.
A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines.
WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.
As the curtain closes on the latest episode of "Ferguson," the media series, it is fair to wonder whether events might not have spiraled out of control to the extent they did had the media settled on another topic.
News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers - and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
WASHINGTON - Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.
WASHINGTON - To paraphrase Roger Miller - and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia - America swings like a pendulum do.
WASHINGTON - If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts - the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.
WASHINGTON - Now, now, let's not panic.
I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing.
Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one - Do you believe President Barack Obama loves America? - makes birthers seem witty.
Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.
There's a very 2001 feel to President Barack Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.
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