USA TODAY

Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 141, No. 2814, March

Abandon Ship
ONE OF THE REASONS why Barack Obama will go down in American history as one of the worst presidents is his utter failure to lead. Whether it is because he is paralyzed with indecision, is ambivalent, or is dedicated to the destruction of free enterprise,...
A Former POW's Japanese Conundrum
JAPANESE STOICISM under stress should not be considered a miracle: in Japan, self-discipline is derived from a common conviction that the goals of the nation precede the well-being of the individual. Japanese unity equals fealty to the tribe, a striving...
A Hearty Toast to the Arrival of Spring
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 7,544 feet above sea level, lies The House Above the Clouds--one of the highest ageing facilities in the world--where Zacapa Rum slowly develops its complex flavor and character over time....
Always Have a Backup
NOT LONG AGO, applying to college meant spending time during the fall of your senior year filling out applications to a few universities-and then waiting to hear whether you were accepted. Once the acceptance and rejection letters came in, you decided...
As Only the French Can Do It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THE ART of drawing, 19th-century France was a remarkably creative period of richness, diversity, experimentation, and inventiveness. "Color. Line. Light: French Drawrags, Watercolors. and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac"...
At Both Ends of the Candle
I HAVE AN ENTIRELY unscientific theory, except in terms of undocumented grounded research here in the trenches of psychotherapy and life: I would propose that a sizable amount of unhappiness in our personal life is caused by burnout. As a psychological...
California Dreamin' No Longer for Kids
An unprecedented decline in California's child population, coupled with a tidal wave of baby boom retirees, will pose significant challenges for the state's future prosperity, according to an analysis of census data released by the University of Southern...
Chilly Jilly Is the Recipe for Warmth
Most of us can relate to being caught unexpectedly in a too-cool room--perhaps being seated too close to an air-conditioning vent in a restaurant or a freezing movie theater. When these things happen, it's great to have a Chilly Jilly tucked away in...
College Students Stung by Obamacare
College students soon will wake up to the fact that they have been had. While they overwhelmingly were supportive of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) when the President was championing it, they will not be pleased when they...
Credit Card Debt Starts with the Young
Younger Americans not only take on relatively more credit card debt than their elders, but pay it off at a slower rate, according to a study by Ohio State University, Columbus. The findings suggest that younger generations may continue to add credit...
Do Not Free the Radicals
MAINTAINING healthy, beautiful skin requires an understanding of the body's metabolism as well as an effective strategy to combat the factors that contribute to aging and cell damage. In the rich and mysterious interplay among every single cell in...
Don't Toss and Turn over Sleep Myths
Healthy sleep is an essential need in all of our lives and with it we are healthier and happier. Right up there with exercise and good nutrition, sleep rounds out "The Big Three" of how to stay healthy and live a long time. We have been told over...
Energy Drink-Related ER Visits Skyrocket
There has been a sharp increase in the number of emergency department visits associated with the use of nonalcoholic energy drinks--from less than 1,200 in 2005 to about 10,000 in 2007 to more than 20,000 in 2012, according to a report by the Substance...
Four More Years --with CNN: CNN's Election Coverage Ranks High in Broadcasting History-Comprehensive, Well Organized and Directed, and Very Professional
THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL campaign and election warranted the most comprehensive media coverage in television history. As in 2008, CNN led the field covering the 2012 presidential race. Attracting more viewers than any other station, the network upheld...
Getting a Call from the Gestapo
IT WAS 10:30 a.m. when I finished my regular rounds. I had been up almost the entire night assisting in an emergency surgery. I headed for my room, took off my shoes, lay down on top of the covers, and, in minutes, was fast asleep. I was awakened by...
Getting While the Giving's Good
Total giving to nonprofits rose 6.7% in 2012, an increase of $23,320,000,000 over 2011, according to a report released by The Atlas of Giving, Dallas, Texas. Giving to environmental causes grew by 11%, more than any other portion of the U.S. charitable...
Hedge Funds Absolutely Manipulate Stock Prices
Some hedge funds manipulate stock prices at the end of the month to improve the returns that they report to their investors, relates a study published in the Journal of Finance. In a study of 10 years of hedge fund data, researchers found evidence...
Help Seniors (and Everyone) Stave off Flu
This flu season's vicious influenza epidemic has threatened seniors, but their families and caregivers can help them out with "Fight the Flu Kits" Weaker immune systems make seniors more vulnerable to the flu, which is why 90% of all flu-related deaths...
It Is Time for Government to Deep Six Keynesian Economics: "... Cutting Both Expenditure and Taxes Can Speed the Recovery in the Short Run and Foster Growth in the Long Run, While Simultaneously Putting the U.S. Fiscal House in Order."
THE U.S. FACES two economic challenges. Since June 2009, when the recession ended, output has grown more slowly than in prior recoveries, leaving the level well below its long-term trend. Likewise, unemployment remains well above the level usually...
It's a Wonderful (Sports) Life
FOLLOWERS OF SPORTS journalist Frank Deford expect enlightening details of sports couched in humor, whether listening to a Deford speech or commentary on National Public Radio s "Morning Edition," watching him on HBO's "Real Sports" with Bryant Gumbel,...
Laying Affirmative Action to Rest
AN IMPORTANT case was heard by the Supreme Court in August 2012 involving a race-conscious affirmative action program at the University of Texas. This case, Fisher v. University of Texas, will decide whether racial classifications intended to promote...
Mandating Mediocre Medicine
THE CURRENTLY beleaguered system for the provision of medical care in the U.S. is going to get much worse. Within a decade, we will witness the destruction of quality in every area of medical practice. ObamaCare will provide everyone with a one-size-fits-all...
Museum Memo
What's new in museums around the country? Among the interesting exhibitions on view are: Albrecht Durer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina, March 24-June 9, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900, through...
Need a Jolt-Or a Kick in the Pants?
STAYING AWAKE to accomplish everything we need to do is an old American pastime. It is what we reach for to remain awake that has changed. Today, those shiny neon-colored cans and mini bottles of purported "healthy" and "natural" energy drinks are...
Never Too Old to Learn-Or Keep Learning
DESPITE the constant bombardment of messages on sex and so-called sexual norms, the majority of people find that sex education is lacking and there is a yearning for learning. Most of the information we hear as we grow up is limited and takes into...
No Safe Haven for Jews
SINCE ADOLF HITLER had come to power, it was dangerous for Jews to walk on public streets. In spite of the risk, we ambled along a tree-lined avenue in a suburb of Berlin, the ever-present yellow Stars of David sewn to our jackets. Every now and then...
Obama Rewrites History --Not a Good Thing
DESPITE the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, many of us ware too busy seeing patients to hear Pres. Barack Obama's second Inaugural Address. Besides, it was less painful to read the transcript. "What binds this nation together is not the color of...
Pivoting toward Asia
THE U.S.-CHINA relationship is the most important one in international politics. Looking into the 21st century, it seems possible that America could be eclipsed in economic--and possibly military--terms by China. According to The Economist magazine,...
Pleasure Listening for Those on the Go
Try as we might, it's hard to find the time to sit down and read. We look to the books on tape from Random House Audio to get us through our long commutes and endless hours waiting for kids at dance, sports practices, etc.--as well as those household...
Religion's Role in Society
PURPOSE ANALYSIS is a method for understanding organizations, institutions, and human behavior by looking for their purpose. Looking at religion--amidst all of its contradictory and conflicting beliefs and practices--what is its purpose? First,...
Sad Teenage Girls Are Becoming More So
THE STATISTICS on the rate of depression among teenagers vary from five percent to 28%, depending on the source, with there being some agreement that about 15%-18% seem to exhibit some symptoms of depression at any given time. The rate for girls is...
Tempted by the American Voice of Nazi Germany
ON AN AUTOBAHN one and a half miles west of the city of Hammerstein sat one of the most brutal prisoner of war camps in Germany: Stalag IIB. Renowned for its cruelty, the camp was reeling from the execution of eight U.S. prisoners in late 1943 for...
The Casio Creed: Creativity & Contribution
With a commitment to contributing to society by offering original, useful products with innovative functions that assist people in their daily lives, Casio America, Inc., strives to bring joy and help to create new culture. Providing consumers with...
The Coming Reset on Cuba
MY FIRST TRIP TO CUBA ended recently I thought I would offer a few untutored observations. The meeting I attended was a bi-national, U.S.-Cuban conference on "the way forward." It was at a very high level, with some of the top specialists from both...
The Evil-Doers Amongst Us
MY PUBLISHER ASSERTS that perhaps one of my fellows on the editorial board of this publication would deny it. I will .leave it to readers to take a guess on who that may be. I would assert that evil does exist. It is as pernicious as tuberculosis,...
The Great Society Does Not Look So Great after All: "... the Good Old Days of [Our] Distant Youth Simply Have Vanished, Leaving Behind Very Few Traces of the Joyous Exuberance That [Once] Characterized [the Baby Boom] Generation."
FOR AMERICAN baby boomers, the good old days of their distant youth simply have vanished, leaving behind very few traces of the joyous exuberance that characterized that generation. The boomers had reached adulthood without suffering the anguish of...
The Other One Percent
I WOULD SAY that 98% of humanity lives their lives as servants to someone else. You may wish to disagree with this statement--and that is okay. However, for thousands of years, one percent of the population has controlled 98% of the population--but...
The Politics and Rhetoric of Courage
"Where was anyone who would speak out against the earmarks, pork, and extenders in the latest national budget agreement?" ONE OF THE GREAT works in politics and political rhetoric is John E Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, a book that won the Pulitzer...
The Sinking of America
ALTHOUGH IT CERTAINLY was not Oscar material, I still love the 1989 film' Erik the Viking," starring, among others, Tim Robbins, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, and John Cleese. It is a campy British comedy-fantasy about a band of misfit Vikings on a quest...
The Skinny on Skin Care: Chirality, Chiral Purity, and Chirally Correct Should Be the New Bywords in This Multi-Billion Dollar Industry
NO LONGER content with "hope in a jar lotions and potions that may contain potentially toxic ingredients, more and more consumers are demanding skin care products that are effective and safe. While people are becoming much more ingredient savvy, they...
Time to Clean Up: Emotionally & Mentally
"At this time of year, we get that urge to clear out our environments to prepare for the promise of spring," notes Matthew B. James, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and author of Find Your Purpose, Master Your Path. "We clear out cobwebs...
Top Trends in Family Travel
The enormous family segment of the travel industry--estimated to comprise more than 100,000,000 leisure trips per year in the U.S. alone--is more influential than ever. In an era when moms control 2.4 trillion dollars in spending, selling to the family...
Trying to Define Equality, Freedom, and Justice in the Modern Islamic World
BY COMMON CONSENT among historians, the modem history of the Middle East begins in 1798 when the French Revolution arrived in Egypt in the form of a small expeditionary force led by a young general named Napoleon Bonaparte--who conquered and then ruled...
What Goes with Barbecue? Off-Road Golf, of Course
It began as a weekend diversion in Shasta County in Northern California, a friendly game to play before and after a barbecue, but as Off-Road Golf grew in popularity, with thousands of players and an annual "world championship," it just made sense...
What Now?
HAVING THE TERM "fiscal cliff' shoved down our throats for months, it would be humane to retire it once and for all. Besides, there is a cliff we are descending--a debt and deficit one--far steeper and more treacherous. The dispiriting compromise negotiated...
Who Likes Bling? Those Seeking Social Status
A desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status, which helps explain why minorities are so attracted to bling, suggests a study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Previous research has shown that racial...
With God on His Side?
PRES. BARACK OBAMA'S first term of office expired on Jan. 20, 2013. In order to meet the constitutional deadline, he took his new oath as chief executive in a small private ceremony at the White House. The next day, in the presence of a massive crowd...
You're the Boss When Outfitted in Duluth
The Duluth Trading Company began in 1993 with the introduction of the Bucket Boss---a better way to transport tools to the jobsite. Since then, they've continued to solve the apparel problems of hardworking men and women with ingenious workwear that...