Americans are not good readers. Many blame the ubiquity of digital media. We're too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. But Americans' trouble with reading predates digital technologies. The problem is not bad reading habits engendered by smartphones, …
The Democrats say President Donald Trump's tax cuts are a massive giveaway to the rich, the most unequal overhaul of the U.S. tax system in modern history. Republicans argue they are a huge middle class tax cut — "a great, big, beautiful Christmas present" for the American people, according to Trump.
I drink a lot of Diet Coke: 2 liters a day, almost six cans' worth. I'm not proud of the habit, but I really like the taste of Diet Coke.
With Time magazine declaring "silence breakers" the Person of the Year for 2017 comes an acknowledgement: Nothing will ever be the same. A magazine can't wipe out sexual harassment. Roy Moore may very well get elected to the U.S. Senate despite multiple allegations of preying on teenage girls. Donald "grab 'em" …
Guilt can be a complicated element in the parent-child equation; we feel guilty, they feel guilty, we may make them feel guilty and then feel guilty about that. But certain kinds of guilt are a healthy part of child development.
Elizabeth Warren might never live down the charge of falsely claiming Native American roots. The controversy emerged during the Democrat's successful Senate run in Massachusetts in 2012, and it continues to dog her.
While bent over locking up my bike in Chicago a few years ago, I heard the all-too-familiar sound of a wolf whistle. I turned around to get a look at the jerks accosting some woman on the street, only to realize I was the one who was being catcalled. A man passing by from behind had seen my long curly hair and tight …
On a recent Saturday at 3 a.m., my family was awoken by somebody howling, literally howling, on our porch. Then the man began pounding on our front door. Again and again and again, hitting the iron knocker against the wood as hard as he could, and, when that didn't do the trick, hurling his body against the door.
Car crashes are mysteries. Even though roughly 6 million of them happen each year in the United States alone, we seldom learn much. When we do drive by a crash, we often slow down to have a look. But there's never much to see. Two crumpled cars. Maybe one upside down. An ambulance closing its doors. I usually feel bad …
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By Teddy Wayne
Anthony Roy and his wife retired to Clearwater to escape the violence in Washington, D.C. They moved into a house owned by his mother, and they loved it there. Then uninvited guests started loitering in their back yard and dealing drugs. They couldn't get them to leave, and they say they couldn't get help from the …
Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a study finds. The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth's living things.
The other day, I had a lovely chat with a lady who was arrested on charges of shoplifting ... while she was dressed as a turkey.
The headline had some of my friends in a panic.
Only one county
Out of all America's 3,141 counties, only one — Howard County, Iowa (population 9,332) — voted by more than 20 percentage points for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.
When Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon this month, her victory was about more than just an athletic achievement. Of course, it's a remarkable one: She's the first American woman to win in 40 years, and she did so in a blistering 2 hours 26 minutes.
of Americans told the Pew Research Center that they trust only "some" or "none" of their neighbors.
More than ¼
As late as a few hours before the polls closed on Tuesday night, pundits were thinking Republican Ed Gillespie could pull off an upset in Virginia's open-seat gubernatorial race.
The uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly's comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country's history of slavery.
President Donald Trump is an avid viewer of Fox News and its morning program Fox & Friends, which is seen as offering more favorable coverage of the administration than other news outlets. His early morning tweets often reference coverage on the program.