August 30, 2013 Senator John McCain and Secretary Of State John Kerry agree that the U.S. should hold Syria accountable for its use of chemical weapons. Steve Sack criticizes McCain for being such an ardent advocate for action, while Jeff Danziger wonders where Kerry's anti-war sentiments have gone.
August 29, 2013 The huge fire in Northern California not only threatens those in its direct path as it burns, burns, burns, but also may impact millions more. Monte Wolverton sees no respite for his home state, while Pat Bagley noted last year that bad things can come in twos, too.
August 28, 2013 Today, President Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. Dave Granlund sees a world monumentally changed since 1963, while Signe Wilkinson believes some things are going back.
August 28, 2013 Dressed in caramel notes, with a suggestion of salt and a big wink toward vinegar, a roasted tomato's most memorable feature is its long, sensuous, deep and savory finish.
August 27, 2013 Secretary Of State John Kerry says "it is undeniable" that Syria launched a chemical attack against its own citizens, and NBC News reports that punitive strikes could begin as early as Thursday. Olle Johansson thinks Assad's day of reckoning is at hand, while Joel Pett cautions President Obama.
August 27, 2013 In the pages of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, you'll uncover the death of a beautiful woman; her terrifying, filmmaker-father; even a seemingly haunted mansion. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while the book dips into the unsavory and the scary, it stays surprisingly PG.
August 27, 2013 Bashar Assad is allowing U.N. inspectors to investigate an apparent chemical attack on a Damascus suburb, but analysts say that the U.S. may already be mulling a military response. Hajo de Reijger thinks Assad will obscure the evidence, while Clay Bennett doubts the wisdom of American action.
August 26, 2013 New leaks of radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan prompted regulators to issue new warnings. Riber Hansson is worried about what will happen next, while Milt Priggee asks the same question about the U.S.
August 25, 2013 Annemarie Selinko's Desiree, a novel about a silk merchant's daughter who almost married Napoleon, was the first book that author Fiona Maazel ever read with excitement. What book turned you into a reader? Tell us in the comments.
August 25, 2013 With the approaching sign-up period for health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, partisanship over the law has intensified. Jen Sorensen criticizes the showdown in the Show-Me State, while Linda Benson thinks the "young invincibles" have already been vanquished by health care reform.
August 24, 2013 Today begins a five-day remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Dave Granlund recalls the setting of the landmark speech, while David Fitzsimmons hopes the commemoration is not too late.