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Some people are hardwired to be more trusting

Some people are hardwired to be more trusting

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Is it based on their handshake, the way they look you in the eye or perhaps their body language?

October 16, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Five myths about Ebola

Five myths about Ebola

Closer look shows risks, separates fact from fiction in this crisis.

October 12, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

The environmentalists’ diet: The environmentalists' diet: Finding ‘green’ foods complex

The argument that a vegetarian diet is more planet-friendly than a carnivorous one is straightforward: If we feed plants to animals, and then eat the animals, we use more resources and produce more greenhouse gases than if we simply eat the plants. As with most arguments about our food suppl…

March 12, 2014 3:14 pmLoading…

Organizing holiday

Attics and garages are the obvious places to store seasonal, overflow and keepsake items. But before you shove a bunch of cardboard boxes into the dark attic, consider how and where to store your items so they’ll be in good condition and easy to find.

November 27, 2013 5:30 pmLoading…

'Generation Iron': Pumped-up personalities

Bodybuilders are a peculiar bunch. They’re extraordinary physical specimens, driven to sculpt their legs, biceps, shoulders and glutes into chiseled masses of impenetrable muscle. Point a camera at them, though — as writer-director Vlad Yudin does for the engaging documentary “Generation Iro…

September 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

‘Next’ has plot twist, requisite mayhem

Frequently, horror movies send some useful idiots to a remote location, and then hack them up victim by victim. But what might happen if one of the potential corpses had some self-defense savvy?

August 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Texas bill that shuts clinics endangers women

Texas state leaders have again taken up a partisan effort to impose severe restrictions on the ability of women in the state to receive reproductive and other crucial health-care services. Just a few weeks ago, I spent nearly 13 hours filibustering this bill. I stood up to filibuster the bil…

July 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Full-time work is in a sad state; gov't must save it

Is the full-time American job going the way of the dodo? The signs aren't heartening.

July 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Extinct passenger pigeon may fly again

It is often said that the passenger pigeon, once among the most abundant birds in North America, traveled in flocks so enormous that they darkened the skies for hours as they passed.

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

A main-course salad blending steak, veggies

A simple flank, top round or sirloin steak, marinated in a soy sauce-based dressing and then broiled or grilled, is one of those easy, fast dishes that never seem to go out of style. I understand the appeal, but with today's meat-on-the-side, vegetables-in-the-middle sensibility taking hold,…

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

My daughter took a girl to prom. Why did it bother me?

"When you grow up and start dating, never let anyone put their hands on you," I told my daughter after seeing a television show about domestic violence. "Never let anyone hit you - you are worth more than gold."

June 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Deep-sea research finding help from wealthy patrons

Deep-sea research finding help from wealthy patrons

Dolphins break the surface of the water near the research vessel Falkor, which is owned by Google executive Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Deep-sea research finding help from wealthy patrons

Deep-sea research finding help from wealthy patrons

A small but growing number of wealthy patrons, enamored of the possibilities of undersea exploration, are donating the use of ships, submersibles and other resources to support missions that might otherwise be unaffordable.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Overheated climate rhetoric hurts the economy

Climate change is an issue that needs to be discussed thoughtfully and objectively. Unfortunately, claims that distort the facts hinder the legitimate evaluation of policy options.

May 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US, allies must help Libya meet new challenges

BENGHAZI, Libya -

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Nation must have better health care, not more

The four of us came together to change the conversation around how to improve health care and constrain cost growth.

April 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US, Mexico using wrong strategy to fight drug cartels

The U.S. government has spent $1.6 billion to help Mexico end a war between drug cartels that has killed 63,000 people south of our border in the past six years.

April 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Reform unemployment to help jobless move

Americans have always been willing to move to look for better economic opportunities, and this willingness to relocate is a big factor in U.S. prosperity.

April 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Your house might be making you sick: All sorts of potential hazards are lurking

Your house might be making you sick: All sorts of potential hazards are lurking

It was a chronic thing: Almost every time Erma Taylor's great-grandson caught a cold, he also ended up having a severe asthma attack. Taylor, a retired nurse, spent many hours at a hospital, helping to hold the toddler for tests and breathing treatments, and wondering what was causing the attacks.

April 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Time to take the wraps off Senate report on torture

The Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have bequeathed to the lucky few with clearances a 6,000-page report on the CIA's enhanced-interrogation program. The senators who insist that a declassified version be released are surely right.

March 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Group doctor visits give patients more face time

When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers.

March 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Make defined-benefit, portable pension mandatory

To the let's-cut-entitlements crowd, what's wrong with America is that seniors are living too high off the hog. With the cost of medical care still rising (though not as fast as it used to), the government is shelling out many more dollars per geezer (DPG) than it is per youngster (DPY). The…

March 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Abuse of power, ethical failure not limited by race

This week I received an email with the subject line: "Please Colbert, write about Jesse Jackson Jr. and father."

February 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Allen leaves Afghanistan with a record of progress

Gen. John Allen stepped down as commander of NATO forces in Kabul over the weekend, and several accomplishments merit mention. A man who was unfairly tainted by the Jill Kelley email scandal deserves praise for a remarkable 19-month tenure that brought stability and steady progress to the mi…

February 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Get the paper monster under control before tax day

Get the paper monster under control before tax day

When people describe their struggle to tame the paper in their home, it is often with a look of desperation on their face and the sound of defeat in their voice. Add the rapidly approaching April 15 tax deadline and panic sets in.

February 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Quit meddling and let economy heal itself

Is this the year the U.S. economy finally turns the corner? The messages are mixed - from slower-than-predicted growth in the fourth quarter to higher-than-expected housing starts - and this seems to mirror the lack of consensus among economists and politicians about what ails our gross dome…

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Although they're not the hiss of death, cat bites ought to be taken seriously

Although they're not the hiss of death, cat bites ought to be taken seriously

With sleepy eyes and a comically kinked tail, Sammy does not look like a dangerous character. But Sammy put me in the hospital.

January 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Do homework before becoming a landlord

Do homework before becoming a landlord

Think you want to be a landlord? Consider this:

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Small changes, good habits help you get organized

Getting more organized in the new year is often at the top of resolution lists. But as with other resolutions, most people start out strong and then lose their motivation when they don't see immediate results or because they are trying to do too much at once.

January 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Small changes make a big difference when you're getting organized

Getting more organized in the new year is often at the top of resolution lists. The trick to getting and staying organized in the months ahead is to form good habits. Small changes make a big difference.

January 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Column: Remake student-loan process to favor marketable skills

Student loans have recently emerged as the most ubiquitous of consumer debts, and the unemployment rate among recent college graduates remains persistently high. All finger-pointing aside as to the underlying causes, these two economic birds could be killed by borrowing one stone from the wo…

January 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sharp US drawdown imperils Afghan military mission

The Obama administration appears determined to vacate Afghanistan as fast as possible. If the latest leaks are to be believed, officials are willing to leave as few as 6,000 U.S. troops behind after 2014, concentrated at the Bagram air base and a few other installations around Kabul. The min…

December 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

You can limit your booze and have a good time, too

It's easy to overindulge during the holidays.

December 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On gun control, Obama should act fast, as LBJ did

If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is now, in the wake of Friday's shootings at the elementary school at Newtown, Conn. The timely lesson for Obama, drawn from the experience of Lyndon B. Johnson - the last president to aggressively fight for comprehens…

December 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Aging well isn't just a matter of genes; you can do a lot, too

People have a wide variety of wish lists for improving their health, but we all share one goal: Everyone wants to age well.

December 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Commanders need tools to help prevent suicides

As troop commanders coming up through the Army ranks, we learned that taking care of our soldiers was a primary responsibility of military leadership. We knew that the troops were our credentials, and we tried to create an environment where they could be the best they could possibly be. This…

December 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Buffett's plan isn't bold enough; we need nat'l renewal

I hate to pick a fight with the sage of Omaha, but in an otherwise admirable New York Times op-ed Monday that offered a new version of his idea for a minimum tax for the wealthy, Warren Buffett embraced (inadvertently, I'm guessing) spending and revenue goals for the federal government that …

November 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Puerto Rico deserves statehood - and so does DC

On Election Day, the citizens of Puerto Rico made history. For the first time, they voted for statehood.

November 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Hard work's already done to avoid fiscal cliff

In business I found that a challenging environment often produced our best opportunities. Perhaps that's why I see the so-called "fiscal cliff" of year-end spending cuts and tax increases not as an impassable precipice but as our best opportunity to finally enact meaningful fiscal reform.

November 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Use science know-how to make perfect holiday meal

Use science know-how to make perfect holiday meal

Mashed Potatoes

November 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Time is ripe to revisit race-based college admissions

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next week in Fisher v. University of Texas, the high court's first case on the use of race in higher education admissions since its 2003 decisions in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger.

October 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Kale can make you hale and hearty

Kale can make you hale and hearty

Every time I pass by that colossal bag of kale at the grocery store or our local farmers market, I have the distinct feeling that I should be eating more of the dark, leafy green.

September 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Coupon firm joins insurers to promote healthier eating

Cook from scratch. Eat foods in season. Buy locally. That is the conventional wisdom on what Americans must do to become healthier.

September 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Lawmakers need to recognize poker as a game of skill

To a poker pro, it's brutally obvious that the game is one of skill, not chance. I've made my living over the past nine years by having an edge on my opponents. I didn't somehow get lucky over hundreds of thousands of hands, and I've yet to meet a person who thinks I did. Poker is a strategy…

September 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Armstrong achievement lifted spirits of POWs

Neil Armstrong's passing reminded me of the moment I learned of his historic accomplishment. I didn't gather with my family around the television to watch him take his "small step" onto the surface of the moon. When the momentous event occurred, I had no idea it was happening. I and several …

September 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

US must strike balance with Egypt, not abandon it

A handful of Republicans pushed Wednesday to cut off aid to Libya and Egypt. Fortunately, most Republicans and Democrats in Congress reject the idea. In Libya, the government is largely secular and pro-American. It is also weak and unable to preserve order against the many forces - from remn…

September 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Feed kids' brains to improve schoolwork

Instead of flashcards and multiplication drills to improve your child's school performance, you might want to focus on the family diet.

September 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Vitamin D fosters bone health; broader claims are less certain

Vitamin D fosters bone health; broader claims are less certain

Bravo to those who seek cover from the sun to prevent premature aging, melanoma and other skin damage. But it's important to recognize that more sun protection means less vitamin D, which our bodies produce after exposure to UVB rays.

August 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
'The Imposter' documents impossible impersonation

'The Imposter' documents impossible impersonation

In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay vanished from his San Antonio neighborhood. Three years later, a kid in a Spanish children's home claimed to be Nicholas. It's not a spoiler to reveal that he was lying; after all, the gripping, twist-packed documentary that tells this story is titled "T…

August 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Deficit fix eludes both hopefuls, but edge goes to Obama

Ever since President Obama named my pal Alan Simpson co-chairman of the bipartisan fiscal commission, Al has said, "Erskine does the numbers, and I do the color."

August 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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