| Sep 19, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Music is the universal language, as the adage goes.
That flowery sentiment has blossomed into working reality for the members of OneBeat, an international touring ensemble sponsored by the U.S. State Department. After a residency at the Atlantic...
| Sep 18, 2013
To strike Syria or not — for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Five years ago, Chicago pianist-composer Ryan Cohan led his quartet on an African tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department and came back loaded with musical ideas.
He gathered them up for his suite "The River," which he premiered with a septet in...
| Sep 11, 2013
What if we attack Syria?
What if we don't?
These are the biggest "what if?" questions on the planet right now.
Yet the White House team tasked with handling them is showing a selective aversion to related "what if?" questions.
What if Congress...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:08 PM
About 10 years ago, in sweet, magical Barcelona, Spain, I was walking down the bustling and heavily touristed La Rambla when about six guys in their late teens or early 20s, clustered on the side of the pedestrian way, hollered something at me.
| Oct 24, 2012
Talk about tests of faith. Douglas Kmiec is an influential Roman Catholic scholar, a veteran of Ronald Reagan's Justice Department and a Pepperdine University constitutional law professor. What he's gone through in the last handful of years, he sums up...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:52 AM
In general, presidents should appoint whomever they want to serve in their cabinets. But that doesn't mean that re-elected President Barack Obama will — or even should — appoint U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace the soon-departing...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:14 AM
May has been a rough month for President Barack Obama: more Benghazi developments, plus the breaking IRS and journo-bugging scandals.
Taken separately, none of these episodes is fatal. They do not reach Watergate levels. Given that previously classified...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Our 5-part Saturday series continues with a look at the position battles heading into the Magic's Oct. 1 training camp.
Today: Point guard.
Ever since the Magic traded fading Steve Francis late in the 2006 season – former GM Otis Smith...
| Dec 8, 2013
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term?
He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's...
| Aug 29, 2013
Barack Obama's foreign-policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by "smart diplomacy" — is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity. He has a glutton's rather than a...