Billions of dollars are lost each year to online piracy, which stifles the ability of writers, songwriters and others in the creative arts to earn the royalties they are due and drains profits from legitimate manufacturers.
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts turned to John Sasso for help in getting a health-care bill through the state legislature, may want to solicit the Democratic operative's advice again, this time on how to handle Ron Paul.
In 1918 a German scholar named Oswald Spengler produced a weighty tome titled "Decline of the West," which had quite a vogue in the first half of the 20th century and probably still sits unread in American homes.
WASHINGTON - The most important social trend of the past 20 years is as positive as it is underappreciated: the United States' plunging crime rate.
Between 1991 and 2010, the homicide rate in the United States fell 51 percent, from 9.
Dmitry Medvedev has proved timid, ineffectual and ultimately powerless during his tenure as Russia's president. But give him this: The Deep Purple fan at least has recognized that the authoritarian regime built by his boss, Vladimir Putin, is unworkable.
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama probably will have to pull out a familiar card next year: the luck of the draw.
In winning the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, the president defeated political heavyweights, starting with Hillary Clinton.