Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - May 2013
The capital is in the throes of deja vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show "Scandal" as damage control that goes like this: "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true, it's old news."
John Maynard Keynes was right about the future. But he was wrong about how we'd be spending it.
"In the long-run," Keynes famously wrote, "we are all dead." I rate that claim true. But it actually has little to do with Keynes' views on the subject.
If you want to know how bad things can go in Syria, study Iraq. If you want to know how much better things could have gone, study Yemen. Say what? Yemen?
Let's talk about what makes a delinquent state legislature. I know it's been on your mind.
The death toll from the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh swelled to more than 1,000 workers, cementing its place among a grisly lineup of the world's worst industrial disasters and reinforcing calls that the tragedy lead to lasting change.
Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn't bend his way. Colleagues don't like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don't know what they believe?
On Monday evening, a small, vibrant arts organization, The New York Festival of Song, which I've long treasured, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala concert.
In Hillary Clinton's farewell remarks in February on stepping down as President Obama's secretary of state, she echoed one of her predecessors, Madeleine Albright, declaring America to be "the indispensable nation."
"We are the force for progress, prosperity and peace," Clinton elaborated. "And because we have to get it right for ourselves."
My daughter was born on Mother's Day, 23 years ago. It was the happiest day of my life -- matched only, almost three years later, by the birth of my son.
I had never felt such love before.
Hooray for Hallmark.