January 27, 2013 Author Teddy Wayne writes that the 1967 French novel Emmanuelle taught him not only about good sex, but also about good writing.
January 27, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner charged that President Obama wants to "annihilate" the Republican Party. Bob Englehart thinks the GOP is facing a far worse threat from within its own ranks, while Rick McKee suspects the President may have the appetite for the job.
January 26, 2013 The streets of Paris are marred by messes from dogs whose owners haven't cleaned up after them. There's a fine, but the culprits have to be caught in the act (or lack thereof). In this personal essay, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley goes after one thing about the city that she finds very, very wrong.
January 26, 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting the ban on women serving in combat. Gary Varvel isn't comfortable with all the roles women may come to fill, while Mike Keefe wonders if their combat experience will help women break through the military's glacis ceiling.
January 25, 2013 In the story The Little Prince, a boy from a tiny planet lands on Earth. The boy is tall, the planet small, and you worry he might fall off. In real life, real Earthlings once had a hint of this experience. It was 1972, and you can go there with them.
January 25, 2013 The Senate has made changes to the filibuster rule, but not the major alterations many had hoped for. The action fits within Pat Bagley's view of the body, while Jeff Danziger provides a rationale for why sweeping changes weren't made.
January 25, 2013 Bryan Wilmoth grew up in a strict, religious household where all of his siblings either ran away or were kicked out. He was the first to go, after his father discovered he was gay. Years later, Wilmoth tried piecing the family back together and assuming the big brother role once again.
January 24, 2013 The habits of migrating whales, birds, and insects all yield key data for the science of animal navigation. But as commentator Barbara J. King explains, Holly the housecat's 200-mile journey back home has left scientists puzzled
January 24, 2013 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified on Capitol Hill about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Steve Sack wasn't convinced by the secretary's explanations last fall, while David Fitzsimmons thinks Clinton gave a strong performance Wednesday.
January 23, 2013 In a 22-year career playing baseball, Stan "The Man" Musial (1920-2013) set an example as both a competitor and human being. Mike Peters notes that the Hall of Famer retired without a blemish on his reputation. In contrast, Mike Peters examines the careers of two players with records that aren't as spotless.