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Archive - Aug 22, 2013
Steubenville. The Naval Academy. Vanderbilt University. The stories of young men sexually assaulting young women seem never to stop, despite all the education we've had and all the progress we've supposedly made, and there are times when I find myself darkly wondering if there's some ineradicable predatory streak in the male subset of our species.
As hundreds of lawmakers fan out to their home districts this month, there is a genuine political conundrum.
Approval ratings for Congress are at an all-time low, rivaling those of junkyard dogs. Republicans are seen as the main villains; the party's standing with the public keeps falling.
President Obama's message about the government's massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.
The president used more soothing words in his pre-vacation news conference Friday, but that was the gist. With perhaps the application of a fig leaf here and a sheen of legalistic mumbo jumbo there, the snooping will continue.
Unless, of course, we demand that it end.
The slow summer political season is inevitably leading to speculation about what may happen in next year's congressional elections, on which President Obama's prospects for his final two years in the Oval Office may rest. It's widely assumed that if he doesn't somehow gain control of Congress in 2014, he'll wind up with a host of unrealized legislative ambitions,
Could it get any worse for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Last week, even President Barack Obama joined the growing chorus of those who want to put them out of business.
When I heard that Alec Baldwin might be hosting a weekly show on MSNBC, I was delighted: Maybe I wouldn't have to catch reruns of "30 Rock" to get my Baldwin fix. Let's hope he doesn't take any anger-management classes before he starts.
It’s all in the eyes.
Think back to the great teachers you had. What do you recall? Eyes that bathed a classroom in attentiveness, in wisdom, and when appropriate, in mirth.
Now, think of a puppet. The first thing you notice is the not-human eyes.
Guy limps off the tennis court with an obvious sprained ankle. The doctor tells him to go home, elevate the leg and put some ice where it hurts.
Guy says: "Hey, aren't I going to get an X-ray?"
Doctor: "No, you don't need one."
Guy: "I think I ought to have one. I read somewhere ..."
You only get one chance to make a second impression. It seems to me that Edward Snowden should use his and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has blown his.