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Updated Feb 6, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Five years is a long time. Normally, when you talk about something that happened five years ago, it seems like a foggy, distant memory. But Facebook sent me a reminder of a post I made five years ago and when I read it, I recalled vivid memories of everything about that moment, that day and that week.

Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Emboldened by their finishes in the Iowa caucuses Monday - sixth, eighth, and 10th, respectively - former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced they are joining together to form a “GOP...

Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 8:44 AM

What was at stake this week in Norristown, Pennsylvania, when Bill Cosby and his attorneys appeared in court to seek the dismissal of the criminal charges brought against him by the Montgomery County district attorney?

Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 9:09 AM

We live in the greatest democratic republic around, but the method we use to elect the leader of the free world is among the most foolish.Letting Iowa and New Hampshire have undue influence in the process is silly.

Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 8:43 PM

We live in the greatest democratic republic around, but the method we use to elect the leader of the free world is among the most foolish.

Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM

“Hitting a bullet with a bullet” aptly describes the challenge of destroying incoming missiles, but effective defenses do exist. North Korea threats have led the Obama administration to discuss deployment in South Korea of the Lockheed Martin THAAD...

Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Wasn’t that exciting? 

Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Jan. 28’s performance was the best and worst debate of the 2016 Republican Primary so far.

Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court made a significant decision this week that could give more than a thousand inmates serving life in prison without parole a chance at freedom.

Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Join me in a moment of silence for the Grand Old Party. 

Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 2:22 AM

 I have led a charmed life in many ways. 

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