Are there good reasons to vote against Hillary Clinton? If you gave me some time — like two seconds — I could come up with some.
Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama’s health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.
WASHINGTON — News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
I’m going out on a limb here, but: Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont is sounding more and more like a man who intends to defy the doubters and run. And he could play an important role in the campaign.
If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime.
Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest.
Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!” I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?”
Americans like to keep the world simple, dividing important countries into two groups: valued allies and hateful enemies. That approach suffices when we’re talking about South Korea and North Korea. But it doesn’t work well when it comes to China.
Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else.
By every indication — from both the street and civic offices — Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to blow.
In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is The New York Times.
Interesting that the tech website CNET has started publishing an old-fashioned magazine — you know, on paper, like Time and Life. To complete the retro circle, CNET’s periodical is carrying print ads for Ford, Gillette and other brands already at home in the Mad Men era.
Dear Republican Party:Impeach President Obama.Go ahead, you know you want to do it. The very thought makes you warm and gooey inside.
WASHINGTON — Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy.
Nurse Kaci Hickox is still at large, despite efforts by two governors to put her back in captivity. As such, she has become a threat to public health or a hero to the cause of freedom, science and good sense, depending on your point of view.
It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college.
The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn’t matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.
We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing — getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party.
As we debate how recent election results will affect government gridlock, I can’t help thinking about two other elections, held recently in tiny Tunisia and embattled Ukraine.
War, it’s been said, is God’s way of teaching Americans geography. Maybe we do learn how to locate the countries we invade or bomb on a map. But recent experience indicates how much we don’t know about those societies and how slow we are at learning.
The GOP victory Election Night was the easy part. Now comes the real work: forging an agenda that will solidify Republican gains over the next two years.
The Congressional midterm election results weren’t just a catastrophe for Democrats. They were a setback for women as well.
Last year’s column “Dishonest Educators” (January 2013) reported on the largest school cheating scandal in U.S. history. In more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated, teachers changed student answers on academic achievement tests.
They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She’s the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women — “catcalling” — it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.
Is there a new GOP mandate? That’s a question Republicans and Democrats will be debating in coming days, as the GOP makes the case that its election victories add up not only to an electoral wave, but to a mandate — a genuine endorsement of conservative policies — while Democrats cast them as something less.
One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.
You can’t handle the truth. There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson — snarled at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men — as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.
I am a faithful and loving husband to a wonderful woman, and I do not make a practice of hugging women I don’t know. But if I had the chance, I wouldn’t hesitate to embrace Kaci Hickox.
Uber, the car-summoning service, got some flak not long ago for “surge” pricing. Customers complained about its policy of raising prices charged for trips at times of high demand. That might happen on New Year’s Eve, in the teeth of a monsoon or, less dramatically, during an especially busy lunch hour.
Bill Clinton doesn’t get enough credit for what he achieved as president despite his fierce right-wing opposition. Just ask him.
What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. As a proud member of the “don’t just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don’t fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren’t bugs of our constitutional system, they’re features. And while everyone likes to see their preferred policies sail through Congress, on the whole I think we’ve been well served by those features for two centuries.
Who would have thought that Doctors Without Borders would need a public relations boost? The organization’s medical personnel traverse the world, often at great personal risk, to maintain hospitals and clinics in the midst of wars, famines and epidemics. Their work is unquestionably heroic.
In responding to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is being his usual self: passive, detached, unable or unwilling to lead. So say his critics, who accuse him of being an idle observer of his own presidency.
CHICAGO — It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of.
Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”