It’s good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts. As we’ve seen, rising stock prices do not necessarily lead to jobs — for Americans, that is.
Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn’t matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.
WASHINGTON — When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather she was one of the war’s most conspicuous victims — fragged, you might say — by her own troops.
Who says President Obama doesn’t promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran’s moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration’s potentially suicidal foreign policy.
Why should the world care about Nigeria more than its own president does? That sounds harsh, but it expresses a painful truth. Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in Paris earlier this month after storming the headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. At the same time Muslim terrorists who call themselves Boko Haram were killing an estimated 2,000 people in two Nigerian villages.
A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military’s goal is “to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field.”
Forty years after he was convicted for his involvement in two murders committed by Charles Manson, a California parole board has found that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole. His crimes, if it matters (and why should it?), didn’t involve the notorious murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate; he participated in the killing of a musician and a stuntman.
In what was one of the most stunning rebukes of a sitting president by a member of his own party, Sen. Robert Menendez accused President Obama of taking his talking points on Iran “straight out of Tehran” after the president’s State of the Union address.
Is the McDonald’s Corp. responsible for how fry cooks and cashiers are treated in its thousands of restaurants across the country, or are those matters simply up to the discretion of the franchise owners who operate 90 percent of the company’s establishments?
It’s hard to believe that was only President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he’s given so many more.
Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection.
A few words on the limits to freedom of expression:For what it’s worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don’t threaten or incite violence. You don’t defame. You don’t produce child pornography....
For some Americans, France can seem like a trip back in time, not always in a good way.
With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.
A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an emblem of slavery. Texas said no, and the sons are suing because the state accepts other messages for specialty plates.
Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism.
I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals. (Spoiler for my worried friends: I’m OK, well, on the mend and writing again.)
Could this argument be any dumber? The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with Islam?
That didn’t take long. Recently, House Republicans passed a spending bill laden with pointless amendments that would undo President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. The bill has little chance of passing the Senate in its current form and no chance of surviving a presidential veto. Such futility has been the distinguishing badge of the sitting House majority.
When I started second grade at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Albuquerque, my parents decided it was time I learned how to walk to school.
The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 recently, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric was apocalyptic.
Each of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people recently was an atrocity, a threat to freedom and an act of terrorism. On those points, most people agree, and they’re right. Most people also fear this marks the beginning of a rash of extremist violence in the West. On that, they’re probably wrong.
WASHINGTON — If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris.
Granted, it’s not entirely fair to use that lyric to describe Jeb Bush’s comments on same-sex marriage. After all, he is not known to have talked loudly. But he was definitely saying nothing.
President Barack Obama’s absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another sign of the Obama administration’s continuing irresolution in the face of terror.
The most touching moment of bipartisanship on the opening day of Congress came not on Capitol Hill but 100 miles away in Richmond, Virginia, at former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sentencing hearing on his multiple-count public corruption conviction.
“Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic phenomena.”
California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago. So the Los Angeles Times reports. The result has been the return of measles and other serious diseases that can lead to paralysis, birth defects and death. The state is now suffering a whooping cough epidemic — it’s amazing to say — in the year 2015.
Sigmund Freud said the founder of civilization was the first person who hurled an insult instead of a rock. He was almost right.
When media guru Marshall McLuhan declared back in the 1960s that “Every innovation has within itself the seeds of its reversal,” I had no idea what he meant. But, like his other catchy quotables — “global village,” ‘‘cool media,” ‘‘the medium is the message” — it stayed with me.
It is easy enough for those in the media to recite the words “nous sommes Charlie Hebdo” in solidarity with the victims of Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the editorial offices of a satirical magazine in Paris.
Both the unifying power of social media and their tendency to oversimplify were on full display as word spread of the horrendous murders in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
This should not even need saying, but obviously, it does. So, for the record: To oppose police brutality is not to oppose police.
One of the most abused words in the political arena is “reform.” Self-styled education “reformers” will be at the state Capitol again this year, pitching vouchers, tax-credit scholarships and privatization schemes that would weaken public schools and help only a few students while lining the pockets of educational profiteers.
Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a derogatory message about rich people on the wall of a home they had looted.
The powerful film Selma is stirring audiences across the country with its compelling portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. and the heroism of ordinary African-Americans as they demanded the right to vote a half-century ago.