January 28, 2013 When author Ally Carter found out that S.E. Hinton had been a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, something inside her clicked. It was the first moment she realized she could be a writer. Is there a book that has inspired you to write? Tell us in the comments.
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 There was big news this week about U.S. laboratory chimpanzees heading for sanctuary. Barbara J. King considers a new website that urges us to think of these primates not as nameless research subjects, but instead as distinct individuals.
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 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 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 Reality is stranger than fiction; this is certainly the case within the quantum world, where objects can be in two places at the same time. Experiments confirm this can also be true for large molecules. The next step is to try it with living beings.
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.
January 22, 2013 The symbiosis between law and power is fractal in nature and can be found at all levels of hierarchy in the legal system. Laws enable new strategy spaces for actors within the system. Creative actors seek adjacent-possible actions within the prevailing legal environment to achieve their desired ends.
January 22, 2013 Can intelligence be increased through upbringing? Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses a new synthesis of research on how to raise young children's IQ. The findings suggest modest changes for most parents, but profound changes for access to early childhood education.