November 5, 2012 This pre-election Political Junkie column focuses on all presidential swing states and key races for House and Senate.
November 4, 2012 Responding to a published profile of girls ages 12 and 10 who run long distances, commentator Barbara J. King considers the costs and benefits to children of intense participation in athletics. In an age when childhood obesity is a serious issue, can we help our kids find a right balance?
November 4, 2012 Hurricane Sandy presented pitfalls for Mitt Romney and President Obama. Malcom Mayes sees a president a little too eager about the storm, while Signe Wilkinson thinks Romney is eager to have the federal government do too little.
November 3, 2012 In light of new details about the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, will some people still argue the incident symbolizes the Obama administration's duplicity, or that Republicans are exploiting the deaths in Libya for political gain? Adam Zyglis and Eric Allie have taken their stands.
November 2, 2012 Americans haven't been scared of climate change. At least not until Sandy. How will fear make itself felt as we move forward, seek solutions, and raise our children? Commentator Alva Noë asks if this is a turning point for the United States.
November 2, 2012 Governor Chris Christie has been lauded and criticized for his praise of President Obama's assistance to the storm ravaged state of New Jersey. Rob Tornoe and J. D. Crowe see different forms of pragmatism at play.
November 2, 2012 Disney announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm and its Star Wars and Indiana Jones properties. Disney also announced plans to bring episodes VII-IX to a theater near you. Joe Heller sees a victory for the evil empire, while Randy Bish thinks it's an ill-suited match. Jar Jar Binks had no comment.
November 1, 2012 In the wake of the terrible damage caused by superstorm Sandy, commentator Barbara J. King reflects on the animal rescues underway and asks if we can tap these selfless impulses to create a greater, sustained good.
November 1, 2012 Adding a foreign word to your vocabulary is like adding foreign attire to your wardrobe. Sometimes you do it because it's practical and sometimes just because you think it looks cool. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Americans' use of "spot on" falls somewhere between affectation and flash.
November 1, 2012 Sandy has revived the debate over climate change, which President Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in at Science Debate 2012. While Jeff Parker sees a clear link between the superstorm and a changing world, Paul Zanetti sees environmental opportunism.
October 31, 2012 The classic horror novel The Exorcist inspired an even creepier movie, but author Mark Danielewski says after he saw the film, it changed the book in his mind forever. Has a movie ever overtaken its literary counterpart in your imagination? Tell us in the comments.
October 31, 2012 NASA's Kepler Mission has been spotting many "Earth-like" planets within our galactic neighborhood. But what fraction of these Earth-like planets are really like our planet? The more we learn about Earth's remarkable properties, the rarer our planet seems to be. And with it, the life it hosts.