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Hating Columbus: Happy Indigenous People’s Day

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2014 — In 1492, Christopher Columbus turned out to be one of the luckiest men in history. School kids have been told for generations that Columbus sailed west to go to the Indies, the “spice islands,” believing that the world was round, not flat. The superstitious Catholic clergy were convinced that he’d

Police tend to a dog badly wounded in a rocket attack on Sderot, Israel / Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Hatred in Gaza, peace in an exploding world

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — In the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s civil war and by the Islamic State. Two thousand Palestinians have died in Gaza, and more thousands have died in Ukraine and North Africa. In an unguarded moment, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told an audience

Bring in big talent like Robin Williams is no guarantee of TV success, as CBS learned with "The Crazy Ones."

Robin Williams’ suicide ‘a choice, not a disease’?

WASHINGTON, August 13, 2014 – The suicide of actor Robin Williams has drawn a great deal of attention to bipolar disorder and depression, along with an enormous outpouring of sympathy and affection for Williams. But with the sympathy, some critics have raised an interesting question that demands thoughtful consideration: Should Williams’ suicide be viewed as

Kendall Jones Facebook page

Kendall Jones, cheerleader with a gun, most hated woman on the internet

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 — Kendall Jones may be the most hated woman on the internet. Against the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin, and Hillary Clinton, that is a major achievement. Jones is a 19-year-old college student and cheerleader in Texas. She studies marketing and sports therapy at Texas Tech. She is the very