Thursday September 03, 2015
September 3rd, 2015
The shape of the Republican presidential nomination race and the fate of the traditional New Hampshire primary were crystallized by three town hall meetings in the state last week.
In many ways, Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency is so preposterous that it demands to be dismissed as a joke. This would be a mistake.
Trump deserves attention -- though not because he's likely to win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. Almost anything is possible in politics, but President Trump strains the outer limits of improbability. He should be taken seriously, nonetheless, for two reasons.
In fall 2009, Jim Chanos began to ask questions about the Chinese economy. What sparked his curiosity was the realization that commodity producers had been largely unaffected by the financial crisis; indeed, they had recorded big profits even as other sectors found themselves reeling in the aftermath of the crisis.
The slaying of two journalists Wednesday as they broadcast live to a television audience in Virginia is still seared on our screens and our minds, but it’s a moment not only to mourn but also to learn lessons.
The horror isn’t just one macabre double-murder, but the unrelenting toll of gun violence that claims one life every 16 minutes on average in the United States. Three quick data points:
Petula Dvorak's Aug. 21 column, "Women do the job, minus the training and recognition," regarding women having served with Army Ranger units while being denied appropriate training, struck a chord with me.
While many observed in horror as a mothballed high-country gold mine shared an egg-yolk yellow stream of poison with three states via the Animas River (and the San Juan River 100 miles downstream), I thought of another stream -- a river of air.
Viewed through the lens of America's civil rights history, Donald Trump's new call to repeal birthright citizenship chimes with an ominous ring.
Spoiler alert: It sounds like racism.
It sounds like the Supreme Court's declaration in 1857 that African-Americans were "so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect."
Dear Secretary Clinton:
Your email problem has mushroomed from a self-inflicted nuisance to a self-inflicted wound. The reason is simple: At every decision point, you and your staff have made the wrong choice about how to proceed, erring on the side of secrecy and self-righteousness.
Scott Walker, the cocky young governor who took on the public-sector unions in Wisconsin and beat back a recall against him, figured he had the 2016 Republican presidential nomination all figured out.
He got an early jump in neighboring Iowa for its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses next year, and by dint of aggressive campaigning around the state built a substantial lead in the state public-opinion polls.
GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker appears to have again shifted his stance on allowing the children of illegal immigrants to automatically gain U.S. citizenship.