"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."
—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit
- U.S. Clears Egypt For Some Military Assistance Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:11:00 -0400
- The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.
- Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:18:00 -0400
- A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."
- Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:27:00 -0400
- The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.
- Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:17:00 -0400
- On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
- Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:02:00 -0400
- Steven Elliott, one of the Rangers who mistakenly fired on Tillman's position, says he believed there were no "friendlies" in the area when he pulled the trigger.
- Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:47:00 -0400
- The faster people get treatment after suffering a stroke, the less likely they are to be permanently disabled or die. Speeding up hospital procedures helps, studies find. But cost is an issue, too.
- Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:16:00 -0400
- Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who accidentally fired on former NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, and he told his story recently on ESPN's Outside the Lines.
- Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:16:00 -0400
- Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.
- Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:14:00 -0400
- A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation's best.
- Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
- The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:12 -0400
- To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.
- One Month From Mudslide, Wash. Governor Takes Stock Of Damage Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:12 -0400
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers an update on the deadly mudslides near the town of Oso in March. President Obama is visiting Oso on Tuesday.
- High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:00 -0400
- By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state's public universities.
- Longtime D.C. Lawyer Is White House's Next Top Counsel Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:00 -0400
- The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.
- 'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:00 -0400
- The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.