How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it.
Gaza is home to the Palestinian people, who have suffered injustices and have a history of legitimate grievances against both Israel and Arab governments.
Rand Paul is the Republican son of a longtime Republican House member, but let it never be said that he is not open-minded. In 2013, he confided to Sean Hannity, “I’ve been kind of disappointed, because honestly there were certain aspects of President Obama that I wanted to like.”
Who are all these people running for president?
On the day after the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Abraham Lincoln appeared at a second-floor window of the White House. He was acceding to the wishes of citizens who had gathered to serenade their president in this moment of victory.
The magazine Rolling Stone screwed up. In most media scandals, it’s unfair to paint with such a broad brush.
A law in Indiana and a bill in Arkansas making life harder for their gay neighbors have lost their wheels in a surprising smashup. Business interests, usually associated with the conservative cause, lowered the boom on “religious freedom” legislation supported by social conservatives.
Amid all the criticism of President Barack Obama’s proposed agreement with Iran on its nuclear facilities, it’s worth keeping in mind that some people just can’t stomach the idea of arms control.
Neither side in the uproar over Indiana’s “religious freedom restoration” law has been totally candid about its benefits or its dangers.
By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran.
Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures.
On Sunday, people all over the world commemorated the morning an itinerant rabbi, falsely convicted and cruelly executed, stood up and walked out of his own tomb. It is the foundation act for the world’s largest faith, a touchstone of hope for more than 2 billion people.
“It’s the Jim Crow law of our time.” That exact quote, or one very much like it, has come from the mouths of reporters, editorialists, activists, corporate CEOs and, of course, politicians, all because of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. (RFRA)
Let’s not be too impressed by McDonald’s big announcement that it will soon boost pay for some employees by about a buck an hour.
Boy, do I have a deal for you. Give me enough money to build a fancy new house, and I promise I won’t try to blow up yours. You can even check my basement to make sure I’m not stockpiling dynamite. Oh, and I promise I won’t try to buy any explosives from those shady characters I hang out with or hide what I already have in a storage unit somewhere else.
We had shared a Passover meal together in an upper room of a friend’s home. It had been a surreal occasion in the tension-filled room.
I never quite understood what “nursing” really meant until the past six months, when the supposed superstar doctor who operated on me in Phoenix (One of the smartest male doctors I know told me she was the best, a woman, how wonderful; beware gender bias.) made a mess of my intestines, leaving me rather critically ill with peritonitis and unbearable pain while she went to Maui.
If you’re looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress recently, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, Barack Obama and “ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership” between the United States and Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON — Excited protests against Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America’s growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time
An op-ed piece titled “Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts” appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts.
“I don’t understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president,” vented Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Boston Herald Radio recently.
Let’s start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.
The Economist magazine recently published “What’s gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?” The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct.
Sometimes it is the aggregate of the news, more than a particular story, that ushers in a shock, a realization that things are perhaps worse than they seem.
President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill making “In God We Trust” the nation’s official motto, but his approach to religion was not excessive in its rigor.
Asurprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.
Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn’t sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72.
A new CBS poll on Hillary Clinton suggests that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state faces a steeper road to the White House than her supporters might think.
WASHINGTON — President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.
Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like Insurgent, Divergent or Tooth Fairy. Rather, it’s in response to the headlines you made recently when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you and threatened you with rape after you tweeted an opinion about an SEC basketball tournament.
Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers — “barista.”
It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation.
March 7 was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the first attempt by black protesters to march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to demand voting rights.
Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.
SALT LAKE CITY — Recently my wife and I attended the wedding of a valued friend and colleague, a seriously lapsed Mormon getting married outside the faith to her live-in boyfriend, with her devout Mormon family in attendance. Did I mention it was held at a brewery?
To Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Don’t let the haters ruin your caffeine buzz. Schultz and his company are taking all sorts of flak for Race Together, a company-sponsored initiative to initiate conversations about race relations ... including when customers drop in at Starbucks stores for coffee.
Whenever I see a poll that says race relations have gotten worse under President Barack Obama, I want to respond: Compared to what?
Jimmy Kimmel recently attributed the Disneyworld measles outbreak to parents who are more scared of gluten than they are of small pox. The good news for Texans is that an estimated 97.5 percent of kindergartners receive their immunizations.
It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of “Death to America!”
Who trusts government? Almost no one, it turns out, according to the latest survey results released by the highly respected NORC, an independent research arm of the University of Chicago.