| Sep 20, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Photograph by Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times Sept 19, 1959: Nikita Khrushchev, Los Angeles International Airport. What did Khrushchev make of his trip to Los Angeles? Fortunately, he deals with it at some length in his autobiography, published by Penn...
| Oct 12, 2009
| 4:34 AM
The Nobel Peace Prize was first. What other premature awards are enroute for the Democratic chief executive?...
| Apr 22, 2009
Today's topic: Was President Obama right or naive to call for a world without any nuclear weapons? Andrew Grotto and Gabriel Schoenfeld debate the future of U.S. policy on nuclear proliferation.
The world is waiting on the U.S. Point: Andrew Grotto...
| May 6, 2009
| 8:09 PM
Retired Gen. Valentin Varennikov, who directed the Soviet war in Afghanistan and joined the rebellion against Mikhail Gorbachev that sped the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died in Moscow. He was 85.
Varennikov, a hawkish World War II veteran, died...
| Nov 20, 2008
When President Obama looks into the eyes of foreign leaders in the months ahead, he should search out their interests, not the depths of their souls.
President Bush found himself basing foreign policy too much on personal relationships rather than on the...
| Jan 22, 2009
The inclination with any new president is to define him by those who came before. So we graft Barack Obama's head atop the black-and-white, cigarette-puffing image of Franklin Roosevelt (as Time did), or we dress him up as George Washington (as the New...
| Oct 8, 2006
A prominent Russian journalist known for reporting of human rights abuses in war-torn Chechnya was shot and killed Saturday in her apartment building in what colleagues and authorities described as an apparent assassination.
Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was...
| Aug 28, 2008
Today's question: How far east should NATO expand? Should the United States concede Russian dominance over the Caucasus in exchange for admitting, say, Ukraine into NATO? Previously, Moynihan and Meier discussed Russia’s membership in G-8 and...
| Nov 5, 2008
If you believed half the snarky descriptions the British press has slung at Cherie Blair, you'd have expected her to arrive in Southern California astride a broomstick, accompanied by flying monkeys.
Happily for the wife of Britain's former prime...
| Jan 12, 2008
Carl Karcher, who parlayed a single hot dog pushcart into a chain of more than 1,000 fast-food restaurants bearing his name, died Friday. He was 90.
The affable, burly entrepreneur, known to millions as the jovial television pitchman for the Carl's Jr....
| Nov 8, 2009
We make fun of Nostradamus and numerologists, but give editors an anniversary and the floodgates open. We're anniversary-ologists, as USA Today might say. Unfortunately, trying to take the pulse of what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989 is more complex...