We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.
Peta Credlin is back in print today -- Liberal plot or media scoop? Our cops are getting fat on Big Macs, with big discounts. Rundle on the Republicans' latest plan to fix US debt. Why Lord Monckton is heading back to Australia. And the media axe swings in overseas bureaux.
The "fiscal cliff" is dominating political news in the United States, where come January 1, tax rises and spending cuts will kick in under the current deal, unless Obama and the House can negotiate a better one.
As the number of guns in Australia reduced, so too did gun violence. Labor MP Kelvin Thomson implores the US Congress and Senate to look to our experience.
The massacre of young children in Newtown was so nihilistic and meaningless that it has exposed the empty rhetoric and false illusions of the US gun lobby. From Connecticut, our writer-at-large braces for a long fight.
The school shootings in Connecticut have revived a stalled debate on gun control. But history is against any meaningful action to limit gun ownership.
The meditative reflection on display after the Newtown massacre seems too polished and well-practised. It's a particular condition of a more general process -- fatalism encroaching on daily life.