From Washington, the drone-warfare program looks almost aseptic: Remote-controlled aircraft fire with precision on targets half a world away.
But on Tuesday, this anonymous form of warfare assumed a name and a face: that of 9-year-old Nibila ur Rehman, who, along with her father and older brother, came all the way from Pakistan's tribal region to talk about the drone strike that killed her grandmother a year ago.
Let us hear no more about President Obama leading from behind.
"Obama will feel pain," Michael Needham predicted.
Needham looked as though he were angry enough to administer the pain himself. The 31-year-old chief executive of the conservative group Heritage Action gripped his coffee cup tightly with both hands as he spoke to reporters over breakfast Wednesday. When he reached for his water glass, there was a slight tremor in his hand.
Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists arranged 20 child-size chairs on the lawn outside the Capitol on Wednesday to represent 19,000 children who could lose access to Head Start because of the government shutdown -- on top of the 57,000 slots lost in the low-income preschool program because of budget cuts.
If President Obama can stick to his guns, he will win his October standoff with Republicans.
That's an awfully big "if."
You may be worried about a government shutdown, but I'm not.
I'm not worried about a shutdown because we're all about to die anyway. Superbugs are going to kill us.
As House Republican backbenchers hurtle toward a government shutdown and a default on the national debt, their leaders remain in charge in title only.
Perhaps some changes in job descriptions are in order.
Dear President Putin,
Thank you so much for your letter to the American people! I am an American person, and when I learned on Thursday from the official Russian news agency, The New York Times, that you wanted "to speak directly to the American people," I thought: How sweet!
Here's a hot new entry in the "Is nothing sacred?" category:
Conservatives are using Sept. 11, that most somber day for the nation, as yet another occasion to condemn President Obama.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the conservative provocateur enjoying a reign of terror over his Republican Party, committed his latest outrage last week, saying the men and women of the U.S. military would "serve as al-Qaeda's air force" in Syria.
The sequel rarely lives up to the original, and those commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington never had a chance.
In my mother's telling, I exist because of the March on Washington.
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Pfc. Bradley Manning got a dishonorable discharge at his sentencing, but he received it with an honorable disposition.
Republicans need to make up their minds: Is President Obama a socialist or a corporate stooge?
Now the immigration debate is really getting juicy. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, has always been a bit of a melon head, but he outdid himself in an interview that came to light this week in which he described "DREAMers" -- people brought to this country illegally as children -- as misshapen drug mules. "For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that -- they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," the honorable gentleman said.