Archive - 2014

December 4th

Chuck Hagel leaves Obama's war against war

    The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he turned out to be the wrong man for the job.

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A case that is still an enigma

    The grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome -- except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence.

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Why You Should Meet Your Meat

    A beloved organic farm in San Diego recently canceled a gourmet dinner it had planned to host. Guests had already paid $150 for a local, organic five-course meal prepared by several top chefs from the region.

    The dinner was called Death for Food.

    Whose death for whose food?

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When Italians Meet Turkey

    Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us, and I haven't yet summoned the nerve to tell Uncle Mario and Aunt Carolyn, who host it, that I may not arrive until a quarter past noon. That'll make me more than an hour late, which by my rough arithmetic translates into 12 chilled shrimp, 15 mozzarella balls, four meatballs, a medium-size plate of stuffed mushrooms and a sizable wedge of frittata.

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The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

    Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40.

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The Bill Cosby myth is dead, so stop cheering

    Two standing ovations. That's what Bill Cosby, in a "Hello Friend" sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his "Bill Cosby 77" tour at a Melbourne, Florida, theater.

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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired

    Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t.

    Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job. After all, they’re providing essential services for our society.

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On replacement, caution urged

    It's a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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News Drumsticks

    Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you're short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed.

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Immigration Conundrum

    After the many months - years? - of failure of Congress to act on immigration the President has taken matters into his own hands. And, oh what a ruckus that has raised. He cannot win no matter how, or what, he does. Never mind that it is a procedure long used by presidents, particularly as they near the end of their time at the helm. Not just Democratic presidents but also Republican ones have used the option for tying up loose ends.

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