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President Obama will deliver his State of the Union message Tuesday night. What might he say to inspire and move the nation forward? Tonight I want to offer my vision for America and a new American dream. (a) The new American dream should include a strong family, enduring values, excellence in education, dependable and affordable […]

Tyrades! By Danny Tyree According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service, Japanese researchers are launching a 5-year project to bring the long-extinct woolly mammoth back to life through cloning technology. (Mammoths began dying out around 10,000 years ago, near the end of the Ice Age.) Believe it or not, Lindsay Lohan was one of […]

Raging Moderate by Will Durst NEEDED TO PLAY: “ยข Four taxpayers of any sex: One rich, white banker- type wearing dark suit with loosened tie. Two ordinary folks wearing jeans; one in a blue or flannel work shirt, the other in a white shirt, sleeves rolled up. One poor, bedraggled person wearing clothes that look […]

On Monday the nation honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot to death in 1968 with a single bullet from a Remington Gamemaster rifle. Also Monday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others shot with a 9-millimeter pistol Jan. 8 in Tucson continued to receive treatment, while six deceased were mourned. Here is other news […]

Fans of will be familiar with the work of Steve Benson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at the Arizona Republic. Like fellow Arizona cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, Steve was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight following the terrible shooting that occurred in Tuscon. Apparently, Steve’s work didn’t stand up to the scrutiny of editor Nick […]

Making Sense by Michael Reagan Who was the first black president? Two decades before the election of Barack Obama, novelist Toni Morrison dubbed Bill Clinton “our first black President.” She even said that Clinton was “blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.” Well, I could make an […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman Will the shocking shootings in Arizona prove to be a turning point for America? Whether they are or not, the assassination attempt and murders could be a turning point for three key American political figures: Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin. In the space of a week, all three […]

Imagine a handsome young family complete with kids living in a stylish two-story home in a quiet neighborhood. The parents work quiet middle-class jobs. Dad is a city bus driver. Mom is a secretary. Their house is brimming with consumer goods: a couple of mammoth-sized televisions, a drum set for the kids and high-end furniture. […]

Another dreamer quietly joined the Obama administration last summer without Congressional approval. Despite resolute promises that Obamacare would not include rationing or result in a single-payer system, please give a hearty and belated welcome to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director, Dr. Donald Berwick. Berwick’s unobtrusive entrance could not muffle his history of being […]

Boy, is uncertainty making us uncertain. Jonah Lehrer, a specialist in psychology and neuroscience, explains why in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Lehrer cites an experiment in which subjects were asked how much they would offer to pay for either a $50 bookstore gift certificate or one valued at $100. They offered an average […]