Michael Ritchie

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Madison's challenge to millennials

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of our nation's Founding Fathers could be considered the millennials of their day.<p>Sitting beneath their white wigs at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 were young innovators around the age of Mark Zuckerberg or Taylor Swift. In fact, James Madison -- our nation's fourth president …


If bacon is so bad, I don't want to live

Last week, I salivated as I beheld a photograph illustrating a newspaper article about the newest villain in the rogues' gallery of foods suspected of colluding in human destruction. The photo showed a frieze of sizzling strips of bacon, caramelized crispy brown at their edges, striped russet and …

James Bond is still a sexist dinosaur

Bond is back. But the staggering success of new 007 movie “Spectre” demonstrates three things.<p>First, that audiences are increasingly willing to put up with longer running times (it clocks in at over two-and-a-half hours). Second, that they’re flocking to see a film that is very similar to every …

James Bond

Why You Can Thank the Government for Your iPhone


Vetting Ben Carson: Our view

He shouldn't be immune from tough scrutiny or be able to play fast and loose with the facts.<p>Ben Carson has much to commend him. He was raised in poverty by a single mother and rose to the pinnacle of medicine, becoming an accomplished pediatric neurosurgeon. He and his wife have established a …

Ben Carson

Martians are safe from us: Column

We are never going to Mars because 'safety is the highest priority.'<p>Going back decades, one of the favorite, albeit mindless, phrases in policy on human spaceflight is “safety is the highest priority.” Then-NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin invoked it in 1996, on the 10th anniversary of the loss of …

Space Exploration

Punchlines: When a political war becomes Twitter feud

The seeds for the social media throw down were planted months ago.<p>GOP candidate Jeb Bush stated during the Republican debate that his brother, former president George W. Bush "kept America safe" after 9/11. And of course since that line was met with applause in response to a Donald Trump criticism, …

Social Media

Is Pope Francis Taking the Church in the Right Direction? | Debate Club | US News

Pope Francis prays inside the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, in El Cobre, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Tony Gentile/Pool via AP)<p>Pope …