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I never imagined anyone like Michele Bachmann when I envisioned the country’s first female president. In fact, I imagined someone quite different. In the aftermath of the defeats of Sarah Palin and Hillary Rodham Clinton on the national stage in 2008, I created President Charlotte Kramer, the fict...

Sun, 08/07/2011 - 9:49pm

Pro football is back. An agreement was finally reached recently between the NFL owners and the players association on how to divide the $9 billion a year the league makes in revenue. The agreement ended a lockout of the players by the owners that began in March. The agreement is a win for the fans w...

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 6:34pm

Think the U.S. political system has problems? Things in Japan aren’t a whole lot better. Uncertainty reigns in Tokyo, where Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s approval rating has sunk to 17 percent. Initial praise for his handling of the March 11 tsunami and nuclear disaster has given way to frustration...

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 8:49pm

WASHINGTON — Help wanted: Someone to explain why Corporate America is raking in the dough but not creating jobs; why banks are sitting on tons of cash but not making loans; how a single Wall Street hedge fund manager could earn $4.9 billion last year — that’s about $155 a second — while most...

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 12:00am

Food withheld. Chained to a bed each night in a room that reeked of urine.  We don’t know how long the two sons of Brian and Charity Miller endured such conditions in their home near Dexter, and we probably never will. Only the Millers themselves know all the facts, and we can only hope that ...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 5:01pm

The debt-ceiling stalemate has put the nation’s AAA credit rating at risk and has raised the specter of a global economic meltdown. But it’s becoming clearer by the day that even that may not be enough of a crisis to waken an ill-informed electorate to America’s financial reality: Balancing th...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 3:49pm

WASHINGTON — Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson is rumored to have once said of his boss: “Rupert is not going to die.”...

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:52pm

WASHINGTON — For all the frenzy in Washington on debt and deficits, President Barack Obama’s political strategists realize jobs are more important in next year’s elections; they see the two different scenarios....

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:50pm

Post-revolutionary Egypt often appears to be on the verge of a breakdown. Strikes and protests remain rampant, while the economy is still moribund. Since July 9, thousands of protesters have been gathering once again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, accusing the ruling military of betraying their revolut...

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:49pm

The second-quarter campaign finance numbers for presidential candidates are out — but some of the most important information remains obscure. All candidates complied with federal election law by identifying individuals who contributed $200 or more to their campaigns. But none of the Republican can...

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:54pm