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Will: Democrats are making income inequality worse

Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government’s role in exacerbating inequality. In the movie “Animal House,”...

Parker: Noah’s arc of triumph

There’s nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie. “Noah,” scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have banned the movie because it...

Marcus: The CIA as its own worst enemy

Watching Dianne Feinstein tear into the Central Intelligence Agency on the Senate floor the other day brought to mind a 1970s-era television commercial about a margarine supposedly indistinguishable from butter. “Chiffon’s so delicious, it fooled even you, Mother Nature,”...

King: Jeffrey Thompson’s illegal campaign activities are ‘the tip of the iceberg’

I began a November 2012 column on this page with this question: “Which candidate accepted an off-the-books, five-figure payment in exchange for dropping out of a race for a D.C. political office?” [“When city hall is stuck in greed's grip,” Nov. 17, 2012]. The answer appeared...

After Cosmos: The universe in 31 numbers

Michael West is director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket. 8.5 million: The number of people who watched the premiere Sunday of “Cosmos: A Space­time Odyssey” on Fox and affiliated networks. 13.3 million: The number of people who watched the premiere ...

Galloway, St. Joe’s Beat Dayton 70-67 In A10

NEW YORK (AP) — Langston Galloway made a go-ahead 3 with 17.9 seconds left and finished with 31 points as St. Joseph’s beat Dayton 70-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament on Friday. St. Joseph’s completed a three-game sweep of the Flyers (23-10) in a...

Ohio Woman Charged In 2013 Crash That Killed 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide following a car crash last year that killed three people, including two passengers in the woman’s car. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says defendant Melissa Ann...

Missing jet: Piracy would require special skills

To steal Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 out of midair would require a pilot who knew how to elude detection by both civilian and military radar. It would take a runway at least a mile long to land the wide-body jet, possibly in the dark, and a hangar big enough to hide it. All...

US government to cede control of key Internet body

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet’s address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications. The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned...

US Rig Count Up 17 To 1,809

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 this week to 1,809. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,461 rigs were exploring for oil and 344 for gas. Four were...