August 27, 2008 The Democratic Party, as assembled and packaged at its national convention, does not seem especially proud that it is about to become the first major American political party to nominate an African-American to be president.
August 26, 2008 A look at one key hour of cable news coverage of the Democratic convention Monday night reveals less shouting from liberal-leaning MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and company, who soft-pedaled conflict among Democrats. Over at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly remained a full-force conservative Factor.
August 21, 2008 Called "socialism with a human face," the Czechoslovak Communist Party's embrace of democratic reforms led the Soviets to invade that country in 1968 and squash the movement, fearing it would poison other Warsaw Pact countries. Today, little note is given to the movement or the invasion.
August 20, 2008 Leroy Sievers' My Cancer blog had all the qualities of the word "community," though few of the people in the neighborhood ever met physically. While technology doesn't offer quite the same authenticity as direct conversation, a virtual community can be profoundly meaningful to those dealing with cancer.
August 19, 2008 What should you do if you catch your boss breaking the law? That's just one of the moral dilemmas examined in the latest "Now What Do I Do?" column, a regular feature in O, The Oprah Magazine. Magazine columnist Jancee Dunn, and ethics panelist Jack Marshall, talks listeners through this month's ethical dilemmas.
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August 16, 2008 New federal health regulations meant to protect Americans from mad cow disease now prohibit the import of semen from European sperm banks. Apparently before the ban, Nordic donations commanded top-dollar in American clinics.
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August 13, 2008 John McCain is well-known as the champion of campaign finance reform. But now the Republican presidential candidate is claiming to be a victim of the kind of political marketing that the demise of party power gave rise to.
August 7, 2008 Our mobile society means Americans find themselves with fewer social ties and close confidantes, less help raising children and shallower roots. That decline of community is a challenge to traditional, vibrant religious practice.
July 30, 2008 Pitcher Tim Drew was a first-round pick in the major league draft 11 years ago. But his early promise as a ballplayer didn't last, not like that of his brothers, J.D. and Steve. Now, he's called it a career at 29.
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July 24, 2008 Since the 1960s, Americans have lost respect for major institutions — both government and private — even as the nation seems to be better off than ever. In ways impossible to quantify, Americans have become down on America, allergic to much of what goes on in public.
July 23, 2008 This year's presidential election will create at least one Senate vacancy. In Illinois, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of the possible choices to fill Barack Obama's seat, while Arizona's Democratic governor must name a Republican to the Senate if John McCain is elected president.
July 17, 2008 Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson talks about how the slumping economy is affecting family households.
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July 17, 2008 The lesson behind the Fannie Mae financial mess is about this old and ignored government truism: The worst scandals are the ones that are perfectly legal.
July 15, 2008 O, the Oprah Magazine, explores everyday ethical challenges in its column "Now What Do I Do?" Jancee Dunn, the column's editor, and Faith Salie, a member of the column's ethics panel, discuss what not to say to new mothers, and whether it's ever OK to take your dog into a restaurant.
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July 10, 2008 One of the great tensions in the American spirit for the past century has been between traditional self-reliance and modern blamesmanship. Blamesmanship is winning, and the consequences are economic, not just moral.
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