June 16, 2013 Dads, as J.D. Crowe and Gary McCoy show, teach us life-long philosophies and how to get to the point.
June 15, 2013 The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that naturally occurring human DNA cannot be patented but synthetic genes can. Chip Bok splices their decision down to one reason, while Andy Singer warned in 2005 that corporations would take the building blocks of life too literally.
June 14, 2013 The Obama administration has given up the fight to keep age restrictions on sales of Plan B. Lisa Benson is concerned about how available the contraceptive will become, while Nick Anderson thinks our attitudes about adolescents need a plan B, too.
June 13, 2013 Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden a hero, an outlaw or both? Nick Anderson and David Fitzsimmons agree that no matter what you think of him, he's definitely a wanted man.
June 12, 2013 Immigration legislation hit the Senate floor Tuesday, and Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to wrap up the bill by July 4. Christopher Weyant notes that victory in the Senate might be less than half the battle, while Mike Luckovich points out the price that backers such as Marco Rubio have paid.
June 11, 2013 George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has begun. Little has changed since 2012, when Gustavo Rodriguez saw the media as eager to feed off the controversy and John Cole decried the result.
June 10, 2013 The Senate's hearings on sexual assault in the military highlighted divisions on overhauling the military justice system. Signe Wilkinson wonders how service members will be able to seek justice without systemic changes, while Mike Smith proposes a simple solution.
June 9, 2013 The Supreme Court has ruled that the collection of mouth-swab DNA samples from arrestees does not violate the Constitution. Randy Bish sees an inherent contradiction, while Signe Wilkinson fears a surveillance society made possible by the increasing use of biometric data.
June 8, 2013 Under the authority of a FISA court order the NSA has collected information about the electronic communications of millions of Americans. Nate Beeler sees little difference from the monitoring done under President Bush. Joe Heller thinks Americans are much more imperiled by their own phone use.
June 7, 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with President Obama today in California. Dave Granlund sees little hope of progress on the issue of cyber-spying, while Adam Zyglis thinks China's prosperity might tempt Xi to ham it up.
June 6, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service spent $49 million on employee conferences from fiscal year 2010 to 2012 (though the agency cut expenses to $4.8 million in 2012). Rick McKee's audit finds the IRS delinquent, but John Deering thinks there are more important things Congress should be paying attention to.
June 5, 2013 Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial for allegedly aiding the enemy by providing classified documents to WikiLeaks. Shlomo Cohen questions WikiLeaks' intent in releasing the material, while Jeff Danziger, a decorated Army veteran, doubts whether Manning will get a fair trial.
June 4, 2013 President Obama's job approval ratings have taken a turn for the worse, according to several recent polls. Joel Pett points out that some of Obama's critics supported his goals, while Mike Peters thinks that by comparison, the president isn't doing so badly.
June 3, 2013 While in Syria, Sen. John McCain may have had his picture taken with alleged sectarian kidnappers. Pat Bagley says the photo-flap emphasizes the complexity of possible U.S. involvement. Hajo De Reijger believes the EU's decision to lift an arms embargo will lead to too many weapons in the country.
June 2, 2013 Genetically modified wheat has cropped up where it doesn't belong, causing domestic and international repercussions. David Fitzsimmons sees little chance for increased oversight of GMOs, while Rodrigo de Matos thinks feeding the world doesn't leave many appetizing alternatives.