In that vast cosmos of symbols that is the Roman Catholic Church, one of the more curious appearing at this time is the binary code used to alert the world if a new pope has been elected or not: the color of smoke from a temporary chimney above the Sistine Chapel.
As usual, it all started with Joe Biden.
Now that he’s beaten back his opponents and is marching unhindered to the Republican convention, I guess it’s time for me to write about Mitt Romney.
As details emerged about the identity of the soldier who allegedly murdered 16 Afghani civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, I called up a college classmate of mine, a physician who for several years had worked part-time in the family-practice clinic at the man’s home base, Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash.
PEACE, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
The South Carolina primary is coming up on Saturday, and — surprise!
“Barry, whom shall we get to play Santa for the White House Christmas party this year?
One of the most remarkable things about the “Arab Spring,” besides that it happened at all, is the unique ways in which it happened, country by country.
The following column appeared in the Easy Reader on March 31, shortly after NATO forces began their air campaign over Libya.
Last Sunday, the New York City Community Garden Coalition occupied Wall Street.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took no chances this time, for reasons as political as practical.
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise, but the end result of the debt-ceiling debacle was the most artless compromise in memory.
It was a month of milestones for the Catholics of the South Bronx.
If there’s any place on Earth for a modern Romeo-and-Juliet story, Israel must top the list: Jews and Arabs, living together yet apart, locked in mutual distrust and in many cases, mutual hatred. Yet here and there, eyes meet, smiles are exchanged, and something happens that makes all the barriers fall.
Setting aside the issue of gun control, another issue of national significance raised by the Jan. 8 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords is health care.
What will be the total cost of repairing her wounded brain and leading her to recovery — the hospitalization, the teams of medical specialists, the surgeries, the medications, and all the rehabilitation therapies — speech, occupational, physical – that will last for months or quite possibly years? The figure will be astronomical, and it will be paid for almost entirely by her federal insurance plan.