July 13, 2013 The trial of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case is almost done. Jeff Darcy laments that we will never know the full story, while Gustavo Rodriguez predicts mass disagreement regardless of the verdict.
July 12, 2013 A majority of House Republicans has refused to consider the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill. Chip Bok echoes much of the GOP opposition to the legislation, while David Fitzsimmons doubts the integrity of the "border security first" claims made by many of its opponents.
July 11, 2013 Adam Frank takes note of, and offers heartfelt thanks for, the response to his post on poetry and physics. It wasn't expected. But it was entirely welcome and fun.
July 11, 2013 A 5K event scheduled for next month in Michigan invites competitors to experience our "scary, dirty, bloody past" of 40,000 years ago as predators chase prey, and eat lots of meat.
July 11, 2013 Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been plagued by computer problems, delays and confusion over higher premiums for smokers. Eric Allie thinks supporters aren't acknowledging Obamacare's problems, while Clay Bennett doubts Republicans will help President Obama find a way of improving it.
July 10, 2013 Do dogs live entirely in the present, acting on instinct rather than thinking? Commentator Barbara J. King challenges a skeptic who insists that it's folly to claim that dogs think, and interviews a dog expert who offers a balanced view of the matter.
July 10, 2013 Violence and uncertainty has roiled Egypt following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Keith Tucker sees Morsi's removal as justified, while Nick Anderson doubts that democracy will flourish as a result.
July 9, 2013 What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?
July 9, 2013 The current Congress is on track to pass the least legislation since records have been kept. Joe Heller sees a nation imprisoned as a result, while Adam Zyglis views President Obama as inmate-in-chief.
July 8, 2013 Summer is prime time for recreational reading. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what your summer reading reveals about your personality. Are you an open book?
July 8, 2013 A survey finds that 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Lisa Benson doesn't see much hope for improvement, while John Cole thinks the charges on debit-card paychecks are making it worse.
July 7, 2013 Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter's 1845 novella Rock Crystal is the seemingly simple tale of two children who get lost in a snowfall on Christmas Eve. But author Susan Choi says the story perfectly captures humanity at its humblest and most resilient.
July 7, 2013 President Obama has delayed the employer mandate, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, until 2015. Dave Granlund thinks the health law needs more than one fix, while Nate Beeler argues there's more at stake for Obama than health care.