April 20, 2013 D.A. Mishani is the author of one of the few detective novels written in Hebrew. He talked to intern Lidia Jean Kott about why the genre has historically been unpopular in Israel and about the dangers of reading too much crime fiction.
April 20, 2013 After the Senate failed to pass gun control legislation, many are less certain of the chances for agreement on overhauling immigration law. Jimmy Margulies thinks the likelihood for change has diminished, while Christopher Weyant finds the compromise deal wanting for those who are waiting.
April 19, 2013 There are already conspiracy theories surrounding the Boston bombings. Joe Heller doesn't know where they come from or where they're going, while Mike Lester blames the media for fanning the flamers.
April 18, 2013 A study out last week analyzes charred food remains in Japanese pottery dated to 15,000 years ago. Results show that hunter-gatherers in Japan cooked fish in the pots, a finding commentator Barbara J. King says adds new depth to our comprehension of the complexity in human prehistory, even before farming.
April 18, 2013 How can we combat terror? Joel Pett sees no end to the struggle, while Signe Wilkinson's solution is based on hope.
April 17, 2013 Is the importance of life on Earth shrinking as science continually re-defines our world as a meaningless speck in an endless and uncaring Universe? Or is life here a precious thing that grows in importance with our ever-deepening knowledge of the Universe? Commentator Marcelo says it's the latter.
April 17, 2013 We depart from our usual format to congratulate Steve Sack for winning this year's Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Mr. Sack, who has a definite liberal slant, has been cartooning for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1981 and a selection of his best cartoons from 2012 is available there.
April 16, 2013 Scientists can't just agree to disagree. It's not because we are stubborn or ornery (OK, maybe we are). It's because science faces a fundamental problem when it can't agree on numbers like the value of the Hubble Constant. The whole point of science is to establish an understanding of the cosmos on which we can all agree.
April 16, 2013 The blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday stunned America. Cam Cardow captures the national outpouring of support and resolve, while Randy Bish gives thanks to those who rush into danger to help others.
April 16, 2013 On Monday, Nicholas Maduro was elected President of Venezuela, although the opposing candidate is calling for a recount. While in Canada, Justin Trudeau was elected the leader of the Liberal Party. Cartoonists Rainer Hachfeld and Bruce MacKinnon take a look at the elections.
April 15, 2013 Is periodic humiliation an inevitable feature of motherhood? Is it something to embrace or endure? Commentator Tania Lombrozo shares some thoughts and experiences.
April 15, 2013 Sixty-six years ago, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and changed America by playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dave Granlund pays tribute to the hall of famer, while Keith Knight is troubled by the status quo in Major League Baseball today.
April 14, 2013 Tomás Rivera's ... And the Earth Did Not Devour Him is the account of a boy bearing witness to the injustices faced by migrant workers in the mid-20th century. Author Alex Espinoza says this book showed him that storytelling doesn't have to be private, it can be revolutionary.
April 14, 2013 Over considerable objections from his own party, President Obama's budget proposal puts entitlement spending on the bargaining table. Steve Sack wonders if Republicans will be willing to take similar chances, but Pat Bagley is far less hopeful.