After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots?
Vice President Joe Biden was busy shuttling last week from Japan to China, trying to defuse tensions over a new air-defense zone that China has set up over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
You may remember hearing about the Montana judge who sentenced a former high school teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student to 30 days in prison. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he blamed the...
In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits’ concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could afford Obama. I proposed that we look at it in the context of a historical tidbit.
Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans’ shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there’s one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.
Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people in different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so.
Private businesses are trying to block Obamacare on religious grounds? What do companies worship besides, perhaps, the almighty dollar?
WASHINGTON — If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.
I’m not a big one on celebrities and award shows, but my law firm represents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is how I found myself in the audience recently as Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
“I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle recently. He added (in Reuters’ words) that “pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him.”
Remember Edward Snowden? For a while, the National Security Agency’s renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he’s been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden’s disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in Congress for reforming the NSA’s surveillance practices — and anger overseas when he revealed that American spies were listening to foreign leaders’ cellphone calls.
When the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, it forced the closing of Head Start facilities in several states, stopping educational services for thousands of low-income kids. So heart-rending was this spectacle that a pair of Texas philanthropists gave $10 million to keep the programs going.
One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey them. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they’ve been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us.
The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated is still fresh in the memories of those of us who lived through it. We all remember where we were when we first heard the news that he’d been shot and how we waited for word that he would survive. We remember the sound of news anchor Walter Cronkite’s voice breaking as he delivered the news that the president was dead. But for millions of Catholics, it had a special meaning.
There’s more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns.
Extravagance can be intoxicating, and those who grow accustomed to extravagance, only to be deprived of it, can miss it terribly.
This is a big week for us Americans to argue about why we argue so much about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The argument, I will argue, is really all about us.
Police Chief Jesse Curry warned that Dallas police would take immediate action to block any improper conduct during President Kennedy’s visit. The chief, in a statement on Nov. 20, asked citizens to be alert to any misconduct. He said citizens could take preventive action if it became obvious that someone was planning to commit an act harmful or degrading to the president.
One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before.
Many conservatives want farm bills to stop coupling food stamps to agricultural subsidies. They see the linkage as an unsavory deal between urban Democrats and rural Republicans to waste the people’s money.
“Character is what you do when no one is watching.” It’s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie writers (by the way, whose idea was it to replace fortune cookie predictions with treacly aphorisms from the “Successories” reject pile?).
The idea that a true soldier never leaves a comrade behind is chiseled into U.S. military creed. This heroic duty has been celebrated in story and film, and recorded in numerous battlefield citations. But does it extend to foreign allies who, though not exactly fellow soldiers, are crucial collaborators in our military missions?
The rate of teen pregnancy in the United States has fallen dramatically over the past two decades — 52 percent — though in the developed world, it still remains the highest.
What, I wonder, explains the gender gap in political corruption? Women make up almost 20 percent of the current Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, but they don’t come anywhere near that proportion of Congress’ scandals.
In the course of their duties, Chicago police come into possession of all sorts of contraband: jewelry, video games, bicycles, cars.
The city of Denton, the University of North Texas and a private developer have been moving steadily, and sometimes secretly, toward an agreement that will commit roughly $25 million (plus interest) to...
In opposing Obamacare, the tea party took a position that increasing numbers of Americans agree with, now that Obamacare’s potential for disaster is becoming clearer by the day. But in trying to defund Obamacare without the congressional votes to do so, the tea party made a major tactical mistake.
The problem of America’s congested roads has long been simple: too many tires vying for a fixed amount of pavement. But with a growing bicycle culture joining the car culture, the difficulties have expanded greatly.
According to some estimates, there are more than 100 million traffic signals in the U.S., but whatever the number, how many of us would like Washington, in the name of public health and safety, to be in sole charge of their operation?
The Tsongas Bill. That’s what it was called back in 1979, when Paul Tsongas, the freshman senator from Massachusetts, introduced a bill to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation to the list (which already included race, religion and sex) of things you couldn’t (absent narrow exceptions) base employment decisions on.
For travelers, the modern airport has become an obstacle course of security precautions, where everything not prohibited is mandatory. Boarding a plane is an exercise in indignity that strips passengers of jackets, shoes and belts before subjecting them to machines that see through their clothes and security agents who touch their junk.
WASHINGTON — President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist. When he said he was sorry for the health care mess-up in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, he performed the mea culpa as well as — if not better than — anyone in recent history. With Trumanesque resolve, he may as well have said, “The devalued dollar stops here.”