Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - May 30, 2013
Republicans are not alone in their outrage that the IRS singled out tea party groups for extra scrutiny on their applications for nonprofit status. Nobody likes to be profiled.
Here's the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama's second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn't without some merit.
No one at the Catholic high school that fired Carla Hale in March claimed that she was anything less than a terrific physical education teacher and coach, devoted to the kids and adored by many of them.
No one accused her of bringing her personal life into the gym or onto the fields. By nature she's private. And she loved her job too much to risk it that way.
For those of us trying to sort out the debate over economic "austerity," there's a limit to what can be learned by inspecting the credentials of the contending economists.
The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists' phone records, perusing their emails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn't chilling, it's just plain cold.
Back in their day, the tea party folks were riding high, fueling indignation over alleged government-run death panels, a treasonous Federal Reserve and the like. They commandeered sparsely attended Republican primaries, managing to nominate for Senate seats a dabbler in witchcraft in Delaware, holders of strange views on rape in Missouri and Indiana, and in Nevada, a candidate suggesting armed insurrection if her people didn't win elections.
I've been traveling to Yemen, Syria and Turkey to film a documentary on how environmental stresses contributed to the Arab awakening. As I looked back on the trip, it occurred to me that three of our main characters - the leaders of the two Yemeni villages that have been fighting over a single water well and the leader of the Free Syrian Army in Raqqa province, whose cotton farm was wiped out by drought - have 36 children among them: 10, 10 and 16.
Angelina Jolie's genes threatened to kill her. But, for the time being anyway, she doesn't own them.
Jolie revealed last week that she chose to undergo a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation. That genetic glitch meant Jolie's risk of developing breast cancer was as high as 87 percent; her mother died of the disease at age 56.
I have nothing against the folks who created Tumblr and managed to get Yahoo to bid a whopping $1.1 billion this week to buy the company. More power to them, I thought as I attended the event they helped sponsor Monday night for winners of this year's Webby Awards, one of which -- best political site -- went to Truthdig, the online news magazine I proudly edit.
The White House almost never frets,
About the lies it told to vets.
This Memorial Day, I’d like to salute the young people who continue to enlist in our armed forces.