So it looks like President Obama got the message. In his second debate with Mitt Romney, the president delivered a comeback performance that will stand as a model for future […]
Add another chapter to the illustrious history of freewheeling vice presidential debates. At Centre College in Kentucky, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan engaged in what might euphemistically be described as […]
In the fall of 2008, as Sen. Joe Biden pondered the delicate task of debating Gov. Sarah Palin, his debate team honchos circulated an internal preparation memo. The first sentence: “No […]
Incumbent presidents often take it on the chin when they return to the debate stage after a four-year absence. Wednesday night in Denver added another such instance to the history […]
Alan Schroeder and Patrick Millsaps discuss how humor and off-script exchanges can help or hurt a candidate in debates.
AUDIO: Here are some of the stories we cover in today’s edition: In just one week, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for the first presidential debate of the 2012 […]
Joe Paterno was pulled off his pedestal, almost literally. The legendary Penn State coach, a bigger-than-life hero for most of his life, was cast in a seven-foot, bigger-than-life statue that […]
(CNN) — We don’t yet know how heavy a blow Hurricane Isaac will deliver to the Gulf Coast when it hits. But mindful of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina left […]
In a decision announced Wednesday, Australia’s high court upheld the plain packaging act, which says that tobacco products must be in plain packaging without logos and bear graphic health warnings […]
My colleague James Alan Fox and I have studied hundreds of cases of mass murder, including those committed at random in shopping malls, churches, health clubs, and cinemas. Almost every killer […]
Is Lady Gaga an artist? Sure, she can play piano. She’s got some songwriting talent, too. But music isn’t what comes to mind when the former Stefani Germanotta is discussed. Instead, […]
There are few criminal events as stunning and frightening as a mass shooting. The suddenness, randomness and unpredictability of episodes like Friday’s early morning massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie […]
Definitions of American patriotism are as diverse as Americans. Political philosopher and Northeastern University professor Stephen Nathanson explores the subject in his book “Patriotism, Morality, and Peace.” He writes that patriotism is generally characterized […]
The early-morning slaughter of four Florida siblings at the hands of what authorities say was their mother is an “almost unheard of” case, crime experts said Wednesday.
Will young American voters be as enthusiastic about President Obama’s re-election as they were about his candidacy four years ago, when 66% of 18– to 29-year-olds favored him over John McCain?
As 18-year-old Giovana Frediani and her friends stood in front of the mirror to prep for a night out, one girl turned around and complained that her backside was getting big.
Oakland is reeling after a gun rampage at a small religious college left seven people dead. Six months ago, eight people died in a shooting in Seal Beach, California. And […]
Congratulations are in order for Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator rose from the ranks of the political dead Tuesday night to come within eight votes of a first-place Iowa […]
Iâve long aspired to put robots on stage, which is strange to say since the first appearance of a “robot” was on a stage.
One of the oldest axioms in politics is that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. Now that the hopelessly divided deficit reduction super committee has failed, […]
Flying in a private jet used to be the ultimate status symbol, but the recession completely knocked the wind out of the industry — until now.
A federal judge on Monday blocked implementation of a law that would have mandated tobacco companies include on cigarette packages graphic pictures and messages showing the dangers of smoking.
The Taliban have been forced out of power, Osama bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda, by many accounts, is not nearly as powerful as it once was.
You don’t have to be a science major to know that heat rises: Just step into an attic on a hot summer day. But what you might not know is […]
According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week, median household incomes adjusted for inflation declined by 2.3% in 2010 over the previous year. The data also […]
Remember when you could arrive at the airport 30 minutes before your flight, get complimentary peanuts and a Coke and be greeted upon arrival by a loved one right at […]
Forget Angry Birds. There’s a new iPhone application that provides hours of entertainment. Released last week, iSpeech Obama allows you to type in any phrase you want and the president’s […]
The Department of Homeland Security announced plans this week to review 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to […]
It’s late August. Would you rather hit the beach or discuss immigration reform?
Norwegian massacre suspect Anders Behring Breivik’s purported 1,500-page manifesto paints a picture of a deliberative, driven killer — not a rambling crazy person, criminologists said Tuesday.
Is college an invaluable waste of time? You bet. But it’s about to get even more valuable.
Investor Peter Thiel has generated attention by making some provocative claims about America’s colleges and universities. Thiel has labeled U.S. higher education “a bubble in the classic sense,” and believes […]
Former Massachussetts governorâand former presidential candidateâMichael Dukakis tells Eliot that former Gov. Mitt Romney is the proverbial weather vane. Dukakis says, “Heâs smart, heâs slickâunfortuntately, heâs slippery.”
Gay slurs hurled by three different athletes in the last month is more than just testosterone-fueled temper tantrums, some say.
Can the “birthers” ever be convinced that Barack Obama was born in America and is eligible to serve as president?
Residents of Long Island, New York, neighborhoods where bodies have been found in a suspected string of serial killings said Tuesday the findings are “eerie” and “frightening” and have left […]