US must be better prepared if terrorists wipe out the White House and Congress

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, Sept. 28:

Frida Ghitis: Crazy theories about Islamic State in Middle East

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

While much of the world grows increasingly concerned about the threat posed by the Islamic State, a surprisingly large number of people in the Muslim world are convinced we are all being deceived. With great confidence, they claim that ISIS, as the group is also known, is not what it purports to be.

Droughts likely to be new normal for California

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Whether viewed from a dry-as-dust ground level or from a sky-high planetary perch, the ongoing drought in California is remarkable. As this slow-moving meteorological disaster intensifies, burning forests, fallowed agricultural fields and critically low reservoirs shows the increasingly high-stakes interactions among scientists, policymakers and everyday Californians.

Carl Hiaasen: Here we go again in the Middle East

| |Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

The bombs are dropping, and how can we not watch?

Is it time to get rid of football?

| Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

Of course my father wanted me to play football. He played in the coal mine league in western Pennsylvania, and in high school before that, and would have gone on to college to play football except he had to keep working to help support the family.

Mary Sanchez: NFL needs to consult black women to get abuse policy right

| |Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

If you think the NFL's domestic violence problem has been talked to death, there's one interested party that begs to differ.

The indispensable nation

|Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Thursday, Sept. 25:

Greece is a good insurance policy for the West

| |Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

Marble statues are nothing new in Greece. Recently uncovered in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis are a couple of elaborately sculpted, fully hair-braided caryatids standing at the entryway to an elaborate Alexander the Great-era tomb.

Chilling report is a global call to action on Ebola epidemic

|Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, Sept. 25:

Similarities between Democrats, Republicans make them so different

| |Monday, Sep. 29, 2014

One idea gaining currency among psychologists and political scientists is that Democrats and Republicans are politically polarized because they are fundamentally different. As one science journalist concluded after reviewing the literature: "A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology and even traits like physiology and genetics."