Thursday September 18, 2014
August 7th, 2014
What does it mean for a company "to do the right thing" after an industrial accident?
It used to be standard operating procedure that when something went wrong, companies immediately took to the courts to fight over who got compensated and for how much, trying to minimize their own financial liability. Those fights could take years to resolve, with no guarantee that the plaintiffs would be compensated justly.
Escaping a grim world of war abroad and inequality at home, I fled with my teenage daughter here to the mountains of Oregon to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and commune with more humane creatures. Like bears and cougars.
The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul. We hiked 145 miles, and it was typical backpacking bliss: We were chewed on by mosquitoes, rained on and thundered at, broiled by noonday sun, mocked by a 20-mile stretch of dry trail, and left limping from blisters. The perfect trip!
No one could have been more pleased to see the arrival of Congress's five-week summer recess than House Speaker John Boehner. It offers a welcome breathing space in the seemingly endless civil war between his Republican caucus's far-right conservatives and its moderate establishment members.
I can't wait to read the book W. won't write.
Not since Beyoncé dropped a new digital album online overnight with no warning or fanfare has there been such a successful pop-up arts project.
Crown Publishers startled everyone Wednesday by announcing that the 68-year-old W. has written a "personal biography" of his 90-year-old father, due out in November.
I guess he ran out of brush to clear.
Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia may have found an entry-way to the cure for AIDS.
Once the HIV virus enters the body it can lie dormant for years. It can also evolve into AIDS. But, until now, it could never be removed.
It’s far too early to claim an AIDS cure—there still has to be several years of clinical trials— but this may be as close to a solution as scientists have come.
The central issue in this fall's elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?
Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.
Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon's willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia, and his florid anti-Semitism, another round of tapes emerges.
Although the enemies of health reform will never admit it, the Affordable Care Act is looking more and more like a big success. Costs are coming in below predictions, while the number of uninsured Americans is dropping fast, especially in states that haven't tried to sabotage the program. Obamacare is working.
Congress is a joke. But the joke isn't funny - unless, of course, you're into dark humor.
The entire legislative body has been consumed by kvetching, at the expense of actual legislating. And the numbers that highlight this reality are simply atrocious.
According to a Pew Research Center report issued Thursday: