Richard Robbins

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Closer to the capital

A TERRIFIED girl hurried past but most onlookers stared blankly at the bloody aftermath of a car-bomb in Damascus on April 8th, the latest to rock …

Bitly. The power of the link.

Twitter's Big Challenge: Too Much Twitter

Sometimes at night I reach over and pluck my phone from my nightstand, press a little blue icon, and suddenly the whole world is in bed with me, …

Roger and Me

So here’s what happened the first time I met Roger Ebert.<p>Friday, September 18, 1992.<p>The Friars Club was roasting Billy Crystal and, because I’d written a few jokes for this verbal onslaught, I was in the ballroom of the New York Hilton that afternoon. As was Roger Ebert, who, along with his much …

Book Review: Evgeny Morozov Doth Protest Too Much

According to Evgeny Morozov, the world has gone crazy and he's one of the few sane people left. Zynga and Facebook, he writes, in his strange new …

Michael Vick

LaPierre et Le Deluge

The NRA may have won a temporary victory, but it can’t keep winning forever, predicts Michael Tomasky.<p>As I said on Current TV a couple of nights ago, …

Boy, 4, shoots himself dead after Easter Sunday service

A young boy died minutes after an Easter Sunday church service when he picked up a gun and accidentally shot himself in the chest, police have …

Crime

The Growing Sentiment on the Hill For Ending 'Too Big To Fail'

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leads the charge to rein in the banks<p>First, a quick housekeeping note: About a month ago, I got a call out of the blue …

Middle-class

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One Weird Trick to Save $345 Billion

The April 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns in the United States is quickly approaching. According to the 2012 Taxpayer Attitude Survey, 87 percent of Americans believe that cheating on taxes is wrong. Moreover, 95 percent of those surveyed reported that their personal integrity …

What the NRA Doesn't Want You to Know

Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has blocked the truth and actively fought against and prevented …

Is Steven A. Cohen Buying Off the U.S. Government?

Most scandals involving the cozy relationship between Wall Street and its regulators play out behind closed doors. Others happen in plain view, and this is one of the latter. In a Manhattan courtroom Thursday, a federal judge held a hearing on whether to approve a legal settlement in which Steven …

The Right Leans In

<i>Reuters Pictures</i><p>The mood at the beginning of the meeting matched the weather: gray and dreary. The warm-up speaker told a joke about how local …

Government

How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing — ProPublica

<b>Update, April 14, 2016:</b> In 2013, we detailed how Intuit has lobbied against allowing the government to estimate your taxes for you. So this week, we …

Finance