January 31, 2013 Target practice is only part of the allure as gun ranges add restaurants, lounges and ladies' nights to create a social atmosphere to go along with the firearms training.
January 25, 2013 We already know demographic trends can drive election results, but what's surprising is how quickly the map could change for good.
January 19, 2013 The truth about koalas (and athletes) shows what we already know: Not everything is what it seems to be. There are some fictions we are wiling to accept as fact.
January 16, 2013 For some Americans, next week's inauguration is a time to protest, not celebrate, the beginning of a second term for President Obama.
January 14, 2013 Jack Lew's unreadable signature — which could appear on new U.S. currency if he becomes Treasury secretary — raises a question: In our age of electronic communication and digital authentication, do signatures even matter anymore?
January 9, 2013 After more than 200 years of intense scrutiny, the meaning of the Second Amendment continues to baffle and elude. Maybe it would help to think about this complicated dictum in a more slant way, like a poet — through simile and metaphor.
December 26, 2012 The week between Christmas and New Year's used to be a sleepy spot on the American calendar. Nowadays, it's crammed with people rushing around reminiscing with friends and families, returning presents and raking in gift-card booty. Others, even perhaps members of Congress, go straight back to work in this fiscal cliffhanger of a year.
November 22, 2012 Whether by choice or by circumstance, a lot of Americans are spending Thanksgiving alone. Some are too busy with work or school, or can't afford to travel. Others have family tensions or prefer to skip the dinner-table questions and bad jokes. A few are even crossing to Canada, where it's just another Thursday.
November 17, 2012 Post-election pomp and circumstance seem to be in our national DNA, but there have been some low-key inaugurals, including during the Great Depression and World War II. With a looming fiscal cliff, is this the time for a simple swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, rather than another megamillion-dollar blowout?
November 8, 2012 "No campaign is perfect," Mitt Romney said on Election Day. "Like any campaign, people can point to mistakes." And so here we are, as the election dust settles, asking seasoned political observers to do just that — point out a handful of foul-ups, fallacies and false steps in Romney's run.
November 7, 2012 A gloomy economy dooms the incumbent? Undecideds break toward the challenger? The tallest guy always wins? Not this time.
November 3, 2012 In an election where we're told every vote counts, a large swath of eligible Americans are not planning to vote early or late or at any time. For myriad reasons — cynicism, apathy, moral objections — some people are choosing to abstain. Here's what they told us.
November 1, 2012 Despite all of the possible female candidates waiting in the wings, many political observers express doubt that a woman will be elected president — or even nominated — in the near future. Which is weird. Because in just about every other aspect of American life, women are taking over.
October 29, 2012 You don't need the threat of a menacing storm like Hurricane Sandy to get folks in line. Look around — we line up to dance and dine, to buy tickets and the newest iPhone, and for the opportunity to cast an early ballot.