Martha Brant

A New Shot At History

The high court will soon examine D.C.'s handgun ban. In the meantime, life on the street carries on.

Women in Combat

The author of a new book contends that women shouldn't be in the front lines.

The Little One Said 'Roll Over'

When Mitra Kalita was growing up in New York, her parents--immigrants from India--told her that there was something that she could never tell her American teachers: she slept in bed with them until she was 12 years old.

No Child Left Behind

Ten-year-old Lea Gibbs was still awake in bed the night the Army chaplain and the casualty officer came by her father's house. The men offered no gentle talk of sacrifice, no quiet prayers.

Matthew Palacios: Picking Up the Little Pieces

Cpl. Matthew Palacios, the wounded Marine who saved his comrades by hurling away a live grenade, is still pulling out the pieces of shrapnel. Usually an eighth of an inch in diameter, the grenade fragments are easier to leave in his body than remove.

Reality Check for 'Roe'

At first glance, it appeared that the forces of the pro-life movement were on the march last week. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on partial-birth abortions, and the betting was that the justices would uphold a federal law that bans the controversial procedure.

God's Green Soldiers

In a town where access is every-thing, the Rev. Richard Cizik's calendar would be the envy of even the hardest-hitting Washington player. One day last week his schedule included the National Prayer Breakfast with President George W.

Is It Over Yet?

Any woman who has ever sat behind her husband at a confirmation hearing--and, full disclosure, I'm one of them--knows there is one cardinal rule: don't show your emotions.

The Home Front: Days of Our Lives

A new generation of military wives--defying the unwritten rule that you don't whine about your husband's job--are sharing their deployment woes in new books.

Fast Chat: CindySheehan

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son Casey in the war, staked out President George W. Bush at his Crawford, Texas, ranch last August looking for answers about U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Alito: New (Old) Attack Plan

The ammunition that the left had been looking for against Judge Samuel Alito came from an unexpected source last week: the conservative newspaper The Washington Times.

Investing In AIDS Testing

OraSure Technologies CEO Douglas Michels walks softly and carries a small stick. Actually, the stick is a white, plastic HIV test that uses oral fluid, is quick and has been approved by the FDA for use by health-care workers--and Michels packs it in his briefcase wherever he goes.


In his weblog from Iraq, Spc. Leonard Clark of the Arizona Army National Guard spoke out against a war he thought a "travesty." According to his battalion commander, he also jeopardized operational security (OPSEC).


For the pro-life movement, the center of gravity these days isn't the Supreme Court, but the Virginia Hospital Center just across the Potomac River from the Capitol.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters

Building on the success of Daniel Goleman's 1997 best seller, "Emotional Intelligence," psychologists Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves designed a test that assesses the four pillars of EQ: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. "Emotional Intelligence Appraisal" was published in 2003, and the creators say more than 500,000 people have taken the assessment so far.

A Politician's New Cause

Billy Tauzin, the colorful former congressman, comes from a tradition of Bibles and blackjack. "I always said that if they put slot machines in the church, I'd never see my mother again," the Louisiana native quipped recently.

War Stories: Time for Change

Rape in the military is not a new topic. But it is yet again the subject of congressional hearings, military commissions and media reports. The Congressional Women's Caucus held a packed hearing Wednesday to try to understand why they were holding yet another hearing on this recurrent topic. "I know I don't want to be part of another hearing that doesn't come to much," said chairwoman Rep.


The sign outside the Platinum Club, a low-slung strip bar in Columbus, Ga., promises hot girls and cold beer. To a rowdy group of soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Benning, nothing sounded better.

War Stories: Is R&R Wrongheaded and Reckless?

The conflict in Iraq is providing experts like Charles Figley a chance to put the psychology of war itself on the couch. Take rest and relaxation, for example. "There is a lot of research that shows that R&R is bad policy," says Figley, the head of the traumatology unit at Florida State University.

War Stories

I've really got to hand it to the Department of Defense. When it comes to Orwellian doublespeak they are truly masters. Remember the MX missiles that were called "Peacekeepers"?

War Stories: 'Bush Lie and Who Die?'

Fernando Suarez del Solar has become something of a cause celebre in the antiwar movement. Although the Mexico native's English is spotty, he is still eloquent when he speaks of his son's death and the fact that no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. "Mr.

War Stories: Unhappy Holidays

Sonja Burris of Kansas is like most military wives. She gets down sometimes, especially around the holidays, about her husband being so far away for so long.

War Stories: Sympathy Forms

President Bush's surprise visit to see the troops last week hasn't stopped the grousing over how he is handling the war dead.Democratic candidates for his job see Bush's absence from soldiers' funerals as great fodder for their cause.

Olympian Challenge

David Tubbs has been in Athens for more than a year, but has barely visited the Acropolis. As the head of Olympic security for an American company called Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), he's been directing a 50-member team seven days a week for so many hours a day that, he says, "I don't count." Greece, which will host the Summer Games in August, is well behind on its security pre-parations, having dithered before awarding SAIC a $277 million contract to install security...

War Stories: Painful Deployments

Not all patriots wear fatigues. Some, it turns out, wear business suits. Take the case of Dave Dougherty, who owns a company called Data World in Bethesda, Md.

Off Beat: A Candid Candidate

"Are you ready to go?" a pumped Wesley Clark called out to us as he walked quickly through the airport lounge in Little Rock. He had invited three reporters to ride with him on an eight-seat turboprop to Iowa City last Friday.