Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - May 9, 2013
I wasn't trying be subversive when I hired a male babysitter this month. But it is apparently something that few parents would do.
Those of us who have spent years arguing against premature fiscal austerity have just had a good two weeks. Academic studies that supposedly justified austerity have lost credibility; hard-liners in the European Commission and elsewhere have softened their rhetoric. The tone of the conversation has definitely changed.
The 100-day mark is a measure for first-term presidents, not re-elected ones.
Yet the end of April is a propitious moment for an early evaluation of how President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are meeting the aspirations set out in January.
"What, one might think, do the irrational acts of two young American citizens of Chechen origin have in common with the Syria war," asked the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta in an editorial last week.
I heard a lot of talk Monday about how "perfect" Jason Collins, the basketball player who just came out, is. Perfect as in straight from central casting. (Or maybe I should say gay from central casting.)