| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:39 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The top diplomats of the United States and Iran held their first substantive meeting since the 1979 Iranian revolution, hoping that within six months they can come to terms on Iran’s disputed nuclear ambitions and find a new...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:35 AM
WASHINGTON -- Speaking for more than 18 hours, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was bound to hit upon some familiar points and retread old arguments in his fight to stop spending on the Affordable Care Act. But the sprawling nature of his speech, intermittently...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 7:47 PM
Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who grew up in Poland and Nazi Germany, survived the Warsaw ghetto and went on to become postwar Germany's best-known literary critic, has died. He was 93.
Reich-Ranicki died Wednesday in Frankfurt, according to the Frankfurter...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In one of her periodic posts on fantasy and science fiction novels at Tor.com, award-winning novelist Jo Walton says there are two ways to plot out a fantasy series after the big bad has been destroyed. The first way is easier but also less satisfying and...
| Sep 15, 2013
President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't have been.
Americans have almost always been reluctant to go to war. In 1939, polls showed...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:24 AM
President Obama faced a tall order in addressing the nation about Syria on Tuesday: to convince war-weary Americans that taking military action against Syria for using chemical weapons is not only the right thing to do, but also in our country's interest....
| Sep 9, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The only thing I wanted from the final season of “Breaking Bad” was for Walter White to have the scales fall from his eyes, to see what he had truly become, then see whether that repulsed him or made him even more monstrous. It’s easy to...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Building 215 at the West L.A. Veterans Administration medical facility is called the Home for Heroes, and nobody can say the two guys in Room 211 don't qualify.
Bernie Tuvman, 90, and Phil Nadler, 87, have stories ripped from the World War II history...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:58 AM
WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to rally support in Congress for missile strikes on Syria, two longtime GOP critics who have been deeply troubled by the White House’s handling of the situation have nonetheless become the linchpin of...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 9:46 AM
JERUSALEM — Israel braced for rockets and got a diplomatic bombshell instead.
The Obama administration’s surprise decision to delay a U.S. strike against Syria to allow for congressional debate left anxious Israelis relieved Sunday that...
| Sep 1, 2013
PARIS — Charles Trueheart, the director of the American Library in Paris, picked through the shelves in his office and withdrew a surprisingly well-preserved June 1922 edition of the long-gone literary magazine the Smart Set.
The cover touted a...