When President Obama keeps talking about “violent extremists” in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok.
Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it “Obamacare for the Internet” (in his world, fightin’ words).
President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this [barbarity] is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
Sometimes the hateful words that slither out of people’s mouths are shocking. But what ought to keep us up at night is the silence that often follows — the way that listeners ignore, or fail to compose themselves to answer, the harmful things that others say.
Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it’s a sign that maybe there’s something wrong with the air in the mine.
Democrats are playing a dangerous game with Israel by snubbing the prime minister of America’s staunchest Middle East ally.
Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he’s hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters.
As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells.
The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it’s not new and it’s not in dispute. President Barack Obama, who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents.
When I was 15, my mother let me take the bus to Lynn, a small city about five miles from our house and two blocks from my father’s office.
Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?”
Amazing. Just … amazing. Here we are, six years later, six years of mom jeans and golf dates and taking the girls for ice cream. And yet, some of us are still hung up on the perceived “otherness,” the “not like us”-ness, of Barack Obama.
The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark — especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon.
Today’s liberals are not racists, but they often behave that way. They would benefit immensely from considering some of the arguments in award-winning scholar Dr. Shelby Steele’s forthcoming book, Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country.
We’ve seen senior discounts for buses. We’ve seen senior discounts at movie theaters. We’ve seen senior discounts in supermarkets.
WASHINGTON — Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.
Lupita Nyong’o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in 12 Years a Slave. But many in the Academy Awards audience — just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip — must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.
When Alfred E. Neuman said “What me worry?” on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny coming from President Barack Obama and his national security adviser, Susan Rice.
I rise today to speak in praise of an underappreciated attribute: mediocrity. Oh, I can hear the comments already: “Who better to do it?” “Finally, something you’re an expert on.” “You should only hope to achieve mediocrity!” But I will not be deterred.
“Unbelievably sad.” That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week. In it, she forwarded a link to a story that had Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst telling a Des Moines radio host that Congress should outlaw vaccines because they “manipulate brains.”
“Did I die?” That’s how The Daily Show’s host Jon Stewart opened his program on the evening after he announced that he was walking away from it after 16 years.
When he entered the White House in 2009, Barack Obama had grand ambitions in foreign policy. He planned to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, build a better relationship with Russia, broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians and offer a hand of friendship to Iran and the Muslim world.
Republicans won big in November on the hopes that a GOP-led Congress could counterbalance President Obama’s imperial presidency.
By now, you might have heard about the latest political firestorm out of Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican, issued an executive order rescinding protections for state workers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Brownback is all but proclaiming that LGBT people should have fewer rights. The order lifts protections against firing, discriminating against or harassing a state worker for being anything but straight. Under Brownback’s administration, that person now has no right to file a complaint as a member of a legally protected class of people.
I call it the Secret Knowledge. Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it.
At an event in London on trade policy, Scott Walker was asked about evolution. “It’s almost a tradition now,” the moderator said, to ask “senior Republicans” if they are “comfortable with the idea of evolution.”
I take issue with your editorial that opposed government assistance to higher education students. It followed the longtime mantra of that fraction of our political spectrum who contend that education ought to be available for absolutely everyone … who can afford it.
Americans are addicted to living beyond their means, at least when it comes to the functions of government. That’s why the federal debt tripled over the past decade and under President Barack Obama’s budget plan would keep growing indefinitely.
She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.
The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times.
New York’s schools are the most segregated in the nation, and the state needs remedies right away.
He had his first major breakdown when he was 26. A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide.
I would not watch the video of Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being consumed by fire, because to do so was exactly what the Islamist barbarians who produced it wanted.
An Indiana state representative is pitching a taxpayer-funded office to promote marriage. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. Put another way, vanilla is the most acceptable to the most people; it’s not many people’s favorite, but nobody hates it.
The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong. Appearing on Tavis Smiley’s show, the Oscar-nominated star of The Imitation Game took a strong stand in favor of greater diversity in Hollywood.
When Islamic State thugs burned a Jordanian pilot alive inside a cage and released a video of the murder recently, it could have marked a historic turning point in the fight against the jihadis.