In 1999, newspaper columnist Molly Ivins was diagnosed with breast cancer and promptly exhorted her readers: “Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done.”
The College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the once pre-eminent college entrance exam, has announced several major changes to the exam and the way it is scored. Which of the following statements describes its motivation?
President Obama recently announced a new race-based initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. According to the White House, the program will coordinate government agencies and private foundations to help young men and boys of color. “Of color” basically means blacks and Latinos. In fact, it’s pretty obvious the program is aimed at young black men.
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see 12 Years A Slave now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I’ll even spring for the popcorn.
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the “Daddy Party,” all about military security and self-reliance; Democrats were the “Mommy Party,” all about health, education and nurturing.
People in the media and academia are mostly leftists hellbent on growing government and controlling our lives. Black people, their politicians and civil rights organizations have become unwitting accomplices.
A new debate has arisen among prominent conservatives over whether passing an immigration overhaul would be good or bad for Americans, with syndicated columnist George Will weighing in on the pro-reform side and talk-show host Laura Ingraham arguing against. This is a good thing. Until now, few prominent conservatives have been willing to venture into the pro-immigration reform camp, which meant that the arguments advanced in favor of reform tended to be dismissed by grassroots conservatives. Now maybe the actual arguments will get proper attention.
I am supposed to be working. I have the bags, under the seat in front, full of papers. I am not working. I am listening.
If you’re in the hospital with multiple fractures, a staph infection and a collapsed lung, you may not take great comfort when your doctor informs you that his last patient has it worse, being dead. Sometimes encouraging comparisons are not that encouraging.
President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York Times poll, wants to see her run.
The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest U.S. Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armored vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and benefits.
When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the “new federalism,” which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism. As later detailed by former Office of Management and Budget head David Stockman, in the name of federalism, the Reagan administration sought to dismantle federal social welfare programs that conservatives opposed, claiming it was an issue of whether state or federal government should be in charge. The problem, as soon became apparent, was that giving states new responsibilities without new funding sources meant you were shrinking government (or if you prefer, cutting help for the needy). And that, of course, was the point.
A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia’s schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests.
Heirs care about how their parents are remembered, although they have very different ways of showing it. The daughters of President Lyndon B. Johnson, for example, are trying busily to spruce up their father’s record of a half-century ago. The sons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., by contrast, sound eager to offer their father’s legacy piece-by-piece to the highest bidders.
Down with stakeholders. The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against affordable health care for kids. Retail medical clinics — at drugstores, Walmarts, etc. — are cropping up across the nation, thanks in part to the expected longer waiting times and out-of-pocket expenses stemming from Obamacare. And the pediatricians don’t like it. “While retail clinics may be more convenient and less costly, the AAP said they are detrimental to the concept of a ‘medical home,’ where patients have a personal physician who knows them well and coordinates all their care,” reported the Wall Street Journal. You say “medical home,” I say locked-in customers. Tomayto-tomahto.
It’s not often that a union election makes front-page news. But the recent stunning loss by the United Auto Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., is a seminal event in the history of the labor movement. Union membership has fallen consistently over the past 60 years, and the UAW loss suggests there’s no way for labor to reverse the trend — at least not in the private sector. But why?
The name “Chicago,” according to local lore, came from an Indian word meaning “stinky onion.” But for decades the city had a different aroma, wafting from an array of candy factories. It was a sweet bonus of urban life. Thanks to a little-known government program, though, it has largely faded away.
It’s official. People who leave ugly comments on the Internet are sadists and psychopaths, a Canadian study says. That’s more elegant than what I call them. In the wild freewheeling world of Internet, such creatures are called “trolls.”
Evil acts are given an aura of moral legitimacy by noble-sounding socialistic expressions, such as spreading the wealth, income redistribution, caring for the less fortunate, and the will of the majority.
I used to get blamed all the time for stuff Bob Steinback said. To be fair, it wasn’t always blame — sometimes it was credit — and it went both ways. Sometimes, he had to explain to people that it was not he who had written a certain thing, but me.
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly.
A story that captivated New York City: A group of elderly Korean-Americans had been gathering at a McDonald’s in Queens for conversation and fellowship. They’d sit there all day long, sometimes sharing a $1.39 package of fries. The hangout was so popular that friends from other neighborhoods would travel to join them.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the White House has chosen — for the 13th time in a year — to make changes to the Affordable Care Act delaying its full implementation.
In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence uses the prevailing formula when he says, “I support traditional marriage.” The Christian Coalition of America urges its friends to “Say ‘I Do’ to Traditional Marriage.”
Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up.
WASHINGTON — Groundhog Day isn’t just a movie. Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it’s high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a “ruthless” first lady.
As a longtime fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s work, I view the widespread reactions of grief over his death with a mixture of appreciation and dread.
On my wife’s side, I have a large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest.
Random thoughts on the passing scene: It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?
Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy.
Rarely has a bad-news story offered so little real bad news. We refer to the Congressional Budget Office report that the Affordable Care Act may reduce the number of hours worked by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. But to be precise, millions of workers will choose to cut their working hours. What’s bad about that if that’s what they want?
There is no material poverty in the U.S. Here are a few facts about people whom the Census Bureau labels as poor.
One of the best features in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is the freedom that it offers workers from “job lock,” a job they can’t leave for fear of losing their affordable health insurance coverage. Yet Obamacare foes think that’s a bad thing.
Like Hamlet pacing the stage in angst-ridden doubt, House Speaker John Boehner recently delivered the message that immigration reform is dead for 2014.
Everybody knows that women commonly get paid less than their male counterparts to do the same work. But does that hold true for highly educated women in the upper reaches of corporate management, including Mary Barra, whom Fortune Magazine ranked No. 1 in a list of the world’s most powerful women in business?
In 2012, the Republican Party stood for the ancient biblical proposition that the sins of the father should be visited upon the son. Mitt Romney captured its presidential nomination while vowing to veto the Dream Act, which would allow immigrants brought here illegally as children to gain citizenship.
The conventional wisdom is that this fall’s congressional election will be all about Obamacare. Republicans, it’s argued, will try to expand their majority in the House and take the Senate with a campaign focused mostly on the failings of President Obama’s health insurance law; Democrats will fire back with warnings that the GOP would simply repeal the law and leave consumers on their own.