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.
WASHINGTON — Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton’s email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.
Government transparency and the Texas Open Meetings Act are topics that rarely come up at cocktail parties or picnics. Likewise, discussion about open government seldom amounts to more than a printed bullet point or slogan during political campaigns. Yet, a strong case can be made that restricting what goes on behind closed doors at City Hall could have a positive impact on local life and the cost of city government.
It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious.
Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are.
“But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact,” said President Barack Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address. Saying the debate is settled is nonsense, but the president is right about climate change.
It’s impossible to know whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email account to conduct business as secretary of state is a serious scandal or merely a tempest in a teapot. Impossible, because Clinton and her aides have ducked the most important questions.
In the wake of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fairly disastrous press conference at the United Nations recently, there’s only one conclusion shared by all parties: This was not how it was supposed to go.
It didn’t take long for America to assert its lesser self after two police officers were shot in what officials quickly called an ambush in Ferguson, Missouri. Social media, so often a barometer of all that is wrong with the collective soul of America, erupted.
Since 1995, Los Angeles has been an anomaly: a huge city with lots of sports fans that has exactly as much professional football as Billings, Montana.
The people of Denton recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments.
Another shooting has taken place in Ferguson, Missouri — and this time, two police officers were the victims. The violence should not come as a surprise, given the ugly tone set by the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder.
WASHINGTON — With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today’s relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.
While talking to black and white Republicans recently about the Grand Old Party’s outreach efforts to voters of color, I wondered: What are Democrats doing to reach working-class whites?
The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports recently, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of Michael Brown.
First, they sang “God Will Take Care of You.” Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching.
Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie Aliens, to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you’d have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble.
Campaign 2016 update: Hillary Clinton used personal email account.
The old joke about making love to a gorilla is that you don’t stop when you’re tired; you stop when the gorilla is tired. In modern American agriculture, one of the gorillas is McDonald’s, the biggest restaurant chain on Earth. The other day it announced a change for its U.S. outlets that will force suppliers to adapt.
President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let’s update college indoctrination done in the name of education.
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu really didn’t want his recent speech to look political, he chose a strange place to deliver it: the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the most politicized places on Earth.
Now that Republicans have walked back from the brink on funding for the Department of Homeland Security, it’s time to figure out whether there is any way forward on the immigration reform. I’ve spent the past few weeks talking — and listening — to conservatives on the issue, and I’ve actually become more hopeful, but I don’t expect it will be easy. Nor do I expect it will happen soon.
No wonder Ferguson blew up last summer. It was only a matter of time. The St. Louis suburb’s police force, inadequately trained, led by moral incompetents and largely ignorant of rudimentary constitutional concepts, was bound to touch off an explosion among the citizens it misrules.
Last week, despite the winter weather, teams of local elected officials and business, civic and educational leaders from across Denton County converged on the state Capitol during Denton County Days to advocate for or against key legislative issues that impact our city and county.
This is a column about a beautiful Ukrainian helicopter pilot named Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian rebels and illegally transported from her country to a prison in Moscow. She could die soon.
The feisty investigative magazine with a left-progressive slant, Mother Jones, has been on the warpath lately in pursuit of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. The charge: serial exaggerations and outright whoppers of a sort that brought punishment for NBC’s Brian Williams.