JOHN BRUMMETT: Domo arigato, Marco Roboto

Subscriber onlyRubio-otic: A self-humiliating speaking style marked by the droning repetition of an overly rehearsed line, no matter the context, as if mechanically programmed or even the result of mechanical malfunction. Continue reading...

Final landings

Subscriber onlyHere's a World War II story featuring an unsung protagonist: Jill McCormick was piloting an A-24 dive bomber/scout plane out of Baltimore when she heard the loudest sound ever--an explosion--followed by terrifying silence. "I got on the radio and yelled, 'Dingy, dingy, I'm gonna ditch it.' Then I put it into Delaware Bay." Continue reading...

JENNIFER RUBIN: Who owes Chris Christie

Subscriber onlyNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now in the single digits in New Hampshire, had nothing to lose on Saturday night by going into attack mode against Sen. Marco Rubio. But in overdoing it, and more important, overlooking his real objective, he may have only helped Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who had strong nights without making themselves seem overbearing. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Love and fear

In name of faith

Subscriber onlyIf you're anything like me, you have mixed feelings and considerable confusion about what's happening today in America when it comes to radical Islamists. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyOn citizen scapegoats Continue reading...

NWA editorial: The gored ox

Competing interests at stake in school decisions

Subscriber onlyHave you ever heard a couple discussing where they should go out to eat and the discussion starts with one spouse saying "Oh, I don't care. You pick." Continue reading...

Commentary: A few realities about global warming

People can take action by voting Democratic

Subscriber onlyOf the 136 years on the global record books, 2015 was by far the hottest. The year before was the second hottest. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years occurred after 2000. Last year was so hot it will probably hold the record for several years, causing global warming deniers -- always frantic for statistics that seemingly support their non-existent case -- to argue that everything's fine because temperatures have now leveled off. It's an ironic argument that deniers have made before, following an extremely warm year in 1998. Continue reading...

Anger's effect on voters

Resentment can overtake logic

Subscriber only"We are the angry mob We read the papers every day We like who we like, we hate who we hate But we're also easily swayed" -- Kaiser Chiefs, "The Angry Mob" Continue reading...

The system still works

Despite disgraces and disappointments

Subscriber onlyPredictions of things to come, aka wild guesses: The (dis)Honorable Dennis Milligan, our less than esteemed state treasurer, will continue to do everything but what's right, which would be to resign in the disgrace he has earned on just about a daily basis. Wednesday, he agreed to a $400 fine payable to the Arkansas Ethics Commission and to accept a letter of warning--light treatment indeed for so notorious a repeat offender. Continue reading...

African leaders do the sidestep

Subscriber onlyThe 26th African Union summit, which ended last Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ducked questions of bloody conflict on the continent and focused instead on withdrawing from the International Criminal Court. Continue reading...

A helping hand

Subscriber onlyOccasionally, something happens to put real life into perspective, even when I am living inside the noise that is a presidential campaign. Continue reading...

A pathetic failure

Arkansas Lottery needs to go

Subscriber onlyAmerica's "Powerball fever" finally broke earlier last month, but the Arkansas Lottery is still sick as a dog. Continue reading...

The motley crew

Subscriber onlyPerhaps the most striking thing about last week's Iowa caucuses was that the top two vote-getters on each side are probably unacceptable to the majority of voters in November. Regardless of which permutation resulted, it would be one of the more dismal electoral match-ups in American history. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyCause of our decline It seems the most effective way to buy an election is to use tax money to buy votes. This is done at both ends of the economic spectrum. Continue reading...

Commentary: The post-Huckabee influence

Arkansas leaders now free to back other candidates

Subscriber onlyIt took an entire state to convince Mike Huckabee what anyone who wasn't on his payroll could have told him months ago. Continue reading...

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