Gene Lyons

01/23/2015 - 2:27am

    Murder, even political murder, is easy. Any idiot can pull a trigger. The temptation to attribute superhuman cunning to terrorists must be resisted. Often they're as politically incompetent as they are ruthless. To this point, there are strong indications that the appalling slaughter in Paris last week...

01/15/2015 - 4:35am

    That Idaho mother shot to death by her 2-year-old son in a Walmart store? Judging by Veronica Jean Rutledge's biography, you can be just about certain that she'd driven to the store wearing a seat belt, with her little boy buckled carefully into his...

01/08/2015 - 8:07pm

Author's note: The following is a recycled column from December 2008 in memory of my beloved basset hound, Fred.

    Since the election, Barack Obama apparently doesn't care whom he offends. In a TV interview...

01/01/2015 - 10:27pm

    President Obama's strongest detractors have never decided if he's a tyrant or a weakling. Right up to the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans scorned his fecklessness and inability to lead.

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12/24/2014 - 4:06pm

    If the great Rolling Stone campus rape hoax proved nothing else, it's that True Believers make lousy reporters. I've always found it useful to keep in mind what my brother and I call the state motto of our native New Jersey: "Oh yeah, who says...

12/18/2014 - 4:06am

    Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.

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