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.
July 6, 2013 Violence continued in Egypt after President Mohammed Morsi was deposed by the nation's generals. Tom Janssen questions the solidity of any bond between anti-Morsi protesters and the Egyptian military, while Mike Luckovich wonders how long Americans will pay attention.
July 5, 2013 Does X-ray vision really add up? The latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, finally tries to make sense of Superman's super senses. It's a story that might well ring true to mere mortals who have gone through the experience of having a dormant sense restored.
July 5, 2013 Is Edward Snowden a 21st century Philip Nolan, the central character in "The Man Without a Country"? Jeff Darcy doubts whether the "NSA leaker" will find foreign refuge, while Steve Kelley sees an uneasy passage for President Obama over allegations that the U.S. spied on European allies.
July 4, 2013 On the United States' 237th Independence Day, Tim Campbell and Nate Beeler celebrate freedoms old and new.
July 3, 2013 Reductionism, science's "divide and conquer" approach, has done a lot; but Nature's complexity calls for a complementary approach based on a variety of new laws. Else, says Marcelo Gleiser, we have a slim hope of describing how life or the brain work.