Archive: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Woods opens door on private life wider than expected, says author of forthcoming biography

By Steven Levingston Tiger Woods gets high marks for cracking the door open ever so slightly on his highly guarded private life during his TV mea culpa Friday, said the author of a forthcoming book on the golf legend. Steve Helling, a People magazine staffer who has covered Woods...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 19, 2010; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Socialist books in the White House library? A blog provides photo evidence but only part of the story

By Stephen Lowman In this era of blog wildfires, one fast-moving flame can be quenched before it scorches the facts: First Lady Michelle Obama did not stock the White House library with socialist books. The controversy erupted after a conservative radio host and blogger from North Dakota took the White...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 18, 2010; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (16)

How the conservative media harm democracy

Stalemate. Partisanship. The absence of any middle ground. If politicians actually try to govern, these are the challenges that often block effective action. In their book, "Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment," recently released in paperback by Oxford University Press, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Joseph N. Cappella...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 18, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (30)

The secret behind the hot sales of "The Road to Serfdom" by free-market economist F. A. Hayek

By Bruce Caldwell Friedrich Hayek, Nobel-prize winning economist and well-known proponent of free markets, is having a big month. He was last seen rap-debating with John Maynard Keynes in the viral video above, (in which Hayek is portrayed as the sober voice of reason while Keynes overindulges at a...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 17, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Poet's Choice: "Embedded in the Language" by Maxine Chernoff

"Embedded in the Language" arose from my outrage at the War in Iraq and the government policy to embed and thus restrict reporters covering it. As a child and then teenager, I was profoundly influenced by the nightly coverage of the Viet Nam War and its startling, endless line of...

By Ron Charles | February 16, 2010; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

America's founders and presidential prerogative

George W. Bush certainly wasn't the first president to claim presidential prerogative during a national emergency. Several others, including Abraham Lincoln who suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War, have taken such action. In "Outside the Law: Emergency and Executive Power," published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Clement Fatovic traces...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 16, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (10)


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