Saturday September 05, 2015
September 3rd, 2015
Foreign policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories.
Donald Trump, who famously scoffs at "political correctness," can climb as far up on his high horse as anybody else when someone is impolite to him.
Someone like, for example, Jorge Ramos, main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, who tried to ask Trump a question at a Dubuque news conference on Wednesday without being called on.
Seven years ago, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, in a New Hampshire primary debate, was asked about her personal appeal. Her prime opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, cheekily interjected: "You're likeable enough, Hillary."
Could Joe Biden be the man for this season?
The vice president has been running for president since Hillary Clinton was first lady of Arkansas. His first campaign, in 1988, fizzled over allegations of plagiarism.
There is a strong desire in Republican circles for Carly Fiorina to be on the main stage in the next presidential debate.
Friday was the 60th anniversary of the savage killing of Emmett Till.
Till was a black 14-year-old Chicago boy who was visiting his great-uncle in Mississippi during the summer of 1955.
It is said that the boy said something to, and whistled at, a white woman.
The other day, my teenage daughter and I were idly browsing real estate porn, a monument to U.S. inequality: a private island in the Bahamas selling for $17.9 million; a 900-acre retreat in Washington state for $11 million; and an 83-acre estate in Colorado for a cool $100 million.
The predicted Republican front-runner flails. The actual Republican front-runner rails, peddling insults instead of ideas. And the story line caroms from misogyny to xenophobia to a tussle over tresses: toupee or not toupee?
It’s impossible to see how anyone electable is salvaged from this.
Then again it’s not, because if you sort through the rabble, you find John Kasich.
Sad, sad news. We lost another panda. The smaller, second, still-unnamed cub perished on Wednesday at the National Zoo, in spite of the best efforts of zookeepers who gave it round-the-clock care.
I can't take any more of this. First excitement, then devastation. Rollercoasters pale to the emotional experience of watching the panda cam.