In 2008, Barack Obama promised a fundamental transformation of America. Where that promise has gone unfulfilled the most is in areas of sexual and racial discrimination. What’s worse is the official sanction given to such discrimination. Let’s look at some of it.
What’s Donald Trump really up to? Is he using the election of 2016 to enrich himself, with no intention of assuming the burdens of the presidency? Many wonder.
In this sour campaign season, where the immigration issue has turned so ugly, it’s instructive to watch the European debate over migrants.That debate should make Americans realize how lucky we are.
In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, our leaders have shown a talent for devising remedies that are clear, simple and irrelevant. One politician after another has stepped forward with remedies that would not actually have stopped or appreciably hindered Omar Mateen from carrying out his slaughter.
Yes, Hitler. Some of you questioned my evocation of history’s great villain in a recent column on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s surrender to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON — If you turned on cable TV news recently, chances are good that you caught Corey Lewandowski fibbing that he doesn’t have a clue why Donald Trump fired him as his campaign manager. Of course he knows.
Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades.
One day in the late 1950s on a golf course with actor-comedian Jack Benny, song-and-dance man Sammy Davis Jr. was asked what was his handicap. “Talk about handicap,” said Davis, according to various sources. “I’m a one-eyed Negro Jew.”
What a dumb time to be alive. In a normal country during normal times, the jihadi terrorist shooting in Orlando in which 49 people were murdered in cold blood — and more than 50 injured — would be a cause for a serious debate about national security.
It’s not all about money. The economic arguments for Britain to stay in the European Union may be compelling, but the noneconomic ones demand respect. Preserving a way of life is a valid desire — and one widely shared.
The general election campaign has barely started, and it’s already turned into a clash of civilizations. Not a clash between Islamic and Judeo-Christian civilization, though Donald Trump sometimes makes it sound that way. Instead, it’s a battle between two different views of American civilization. Are we teetering anxiously on the edge of destruction? Or are we still optimistic despite recurring terrorism and mass violence?
Support has swelled worldwide for fathers to become more involved with their newborns. Advocacy groups and policy makers have pushed for employment leave options to promote opportunities for fathers to...
Omar Mateen may have committed the worst gun mass murder in U.S. history, but his terrorist act will change little in America.
According to a New York Post article (May 22), in just two years, Hillary Clinton — former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state — collected over $21 million in speaking fees. These...
It was inevitable that we would one day seek ways to kill ourselves with society’s blessing.
Does the West still exist? And do we need it?
If there is any issue that could intensify the emotions and raise the stakes in the 2016 presidential election, it’s guns. That issue just got cranked up to 11.
This is a column about the value of six. Actually, it’s about three individual sixes and their values. The first six came after a 23-year-old woman spoke in court to address the man who raped her last year, who took her out behind the dumpsters and penetrated her with his fingers after she had a lot to drink and passed out at a party. He might have gone further, except he was spotted by two passersby who tackled him when he tried to run.
Conversations! Glorious conversations! What more can you ask for?
As presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump got into a Twitter fight with newly crowned presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, any hope for reasoned discourse in Campaign 2016 seemed to fly out the window.
Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what ‘‘we’’ can do for ‘‘them.’’ After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from ‘‘not very much’’ to ‘‘making matters worse.’’
Does Donald Trump want to be president? It’s a serious question. Yes, he wants to win more votes than anyone else. He wants the biggest bully pulpit available — one aptly named, in his case.
Hello, investors. Come join the foreign policy experts in daily panic attacks over what a President Donald Trump would mean for your world. What does one do about a candidate whose tax plan would send America into the fiscal abyss — who flaps lips about not making good on the national debt?
The issues that will define the upcoming presidential election are anybody’s guess. Each candidate has his or her ethical lapses.
Barack Obama came into office intending to correct his predecessor’s biggest mistakes by ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, the lieutenant governor of Texas — who missed a round of headlines regarding the state’s Game of Thrones bathroom battle with the federal government — is asking the state’s top lawyer, a fellow conservative Republican, for an official opinion on whether Texas school districts should follow a federal directive on how to handle potty breaks and locker room visits for transgender students.
ORLANDO — Standing on my hotel balcony in the predawn hours, I gaze out over several dimly illuminated swimming pools abutting a small manmade lake and a golf course.
In 1933, Franz von Papen was hungry for revenge. Having been ousted as chancellor of Germany through political subterfuge, he wanted payback against the former ally who had succeeded him.
A basic economic premise holds that when the price of something rises, people seek to economize on its use. They seek substitutes for that which has risen in price.
Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods.
Of all the riveting stories that made up Muhammad Ali’s amazing and controversial life, the most intriguing to me is how well he performed despite testing poorly in school.
There are two ways to tell the tale of the Central States Pension Fund.
In these days of news cycles measured in minutes, if not seconds, the Katie Couric scandal may seem almost as stale as Katie Couric herself. But bear with me. It’s a big deal, and not just because she lied. But let’s begin with the lie.
Here is how Donald Trump suckers the little people. What follows is a telling of his methods, not commentary on his lack of scruples.
A recent scathing report from the State Department’s inspector general on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for government business would have ignited more of a media firestorm than it did had Donald Trump not done what he does best: sucked up all the oxygen with his outrageous behavior.
Dear Snoop Dogg: You could have been honest about it. If you had, I’d still think you wrong as two left shoes, but at least I could give you points for guts.
Texas ranks second in the United States in the number of Hispanic-owned businesses.
When I was a lad, I often heard jokes about blacks, Latinos and gays, who were regarded as amusing because of their supposed inferiority and defectiveness.
Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren’t supposed to be good at math.
Should taxpayers pay severance to state employees to take the sting out of unexpected job losses or to protect the uncovered tails of the elected officeholders who fire them?
White teenage unemployment is about 14 percent. That for black teenagers is about 30 percent.
OXFORD, Md. — It was such a marvelous idea: The United States of America. Obviously, we’ve never really pulled it all together under one hat, but it has always seemed that at least we were striving for a more perfect union.
The objective of this column is to examine the rationale as to why Denton Municipal Electric (DME) should build two gas-fired power plants to serve city of Denton ratepayers.
News from the campaign trail has Latinos across America cringing.
Bernie Sanders is clearly winding down his campaign for the Democratic nomination.