While Nero fiddled in Baghdad ...

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – "Who knows?" Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shrugged last week when asked whether Osama bin Laden was still calling the shots at al-Qaida. The man who's prosecuting more…

Feds bar cell phones
at all ports of entry

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department has barred border agents from carrying or using cell phones or pagers at federal inspection areas after a Democratic congresswoman complained about more…

Yellow is for politics

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – It's now plain that the administration's color-coded threat alert is more useful as a political barometer than a terror warning system. Despite al-Qaida's bombing of Americans more…

The royal families

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – In a rare admission, Adel al-Jubeir, the smug, bug-eyed flack for the Saudi royal government, conceded that the kingdom ignored repeated requests by an American diplomat more…

NYT has no college policy for reporters

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – The New York Times, once the most respected newspaper in the nation, if not the world, has no formal policy requiring its reporters to have a more…

eBay backpedals from hoax claim

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – eBay powersellers say the auctioneer fooled the national media into believing it was a victim of a hoax regarding sales of UPS uniforms on its website more…

Justice memo frowns
on SARS mask-wearing

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities have discouraged immigration inspectors from wearing masks as they process Asian passengers arriving at the nation's international airports from SARS hot spots such as more…