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Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM

“Unacceptable,” is how President François Hollande of France describes current revelations regarding extensive spying by the United States government. Wikileaks files regarding France published in June reveal the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on three former presidents and wiretapped two finance ministers.

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 1:18 PM

The 2016 presidential election grows closer by the minute. Can you feel the excitement?Neither can I.

Updated Jun 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Even as local government budgets become leaner, policy makers struggle to balance the ledger. One area of spending continues to be a burden with no real end in sight—corrections.

Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Turkey’s electorate has voted for democracy and the rule of law over incipient dictatorship, a most positive development. In June 7 parliamentary elections, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) was abandoned by many voters. The ruling...

Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Television commercials often get under my skin for one reason or another, but the one that has rankled me most in recent years is “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” To my mind, the guy who does the pitch for Dos Equis beer is the Most...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 9:58 AM

“Egregious” and “grotesque” is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea’s reckless international provocations and brutal executions of victims who incur the wrath of leader Kim Jong Un.

Updated May 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM

It is not easy for some people to ask for help. I guess it is pride, a desire not to bother others or just an unwillingness to accept that you need help.

Updated May 14, 2015 at 10:16 AM

The Obama administration tends to confuse rhetoric with accomplishment, and nowhere is this more apparent than in regard to the Middle East. “The Obama Doctrine” has been employed since Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign to sum up foreign...

Updated May 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

The general election in Britain has confirmed that the nation’s politics are in great flux. The governing Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, has made unpredicted crucial gains.

Updated May 8, 2015 at 8:46 AM

America’s prisons are facing a growing crisis. The number of elderly and infirm inmates are on the rise, as are related prison healthcare cost.

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 9:36 AM

This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend announced an initiative, Free America, a movement to bring attention to the ills of mass incarceration. He has scheduled a series of performances at correctional facilities in various states, along with...

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