Thursday December 05, 2013
Archive - 2013
Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the slow and largely ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast, Aug. 31, 2005. More than 1,800 were killed in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; estimates of property damage exceeded $100 billion.
Public Policy Polling reveals that 29 percent of the state’s Republicans blame Obama. Only 28 percent blame George W. Bush. The rest, according to the poll, don’t know who to blame.
Could bombing Syria kill more civilians than it saves?
The answer is clearly yes, and for two reasons.
The first is that our bombs will kill people. The United States will do everything it can to minimize civilian casualties, of course. But Syrian President Bashar Assad won't. As James Fearon writes, "you can bet that the Assad regime will do what it can to make it so attacks do kill, or appear to kill, a lot of civilians."
During an August vacation with my family, I enjoyed lodgings so spectacular that not even Bill Gates or Warren Buffett could ever buy or rent them.
The scenery was some of America's finest: snowcapped mountains, alpine lakes, babbling brooks. The cost? It was free.
America may have lost its stomach for military intervention.
The Obama administration has made its case that the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, used chemical weapons against his own people and that a "limited" military response is in order to demonstrate that international norms will - and must - be enforced.
President Obama's words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were bound to be criticized as underwhelming, no matter what he said. The context, though, was nothing short of mind-blowing.
It was a classic no-win situation: On Wednesday, at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, Obama stood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the greatest speeches in the nation's history. No one could possibly measure up. It was wise not to try.
It is time to start thinking about running for the U.S. Senate. Allow me to explain.
Why don't we learn from financial crises? As Asian currencies fall and crisis strikes, we seem to be making the same mistakes made in the '90s.
The rupiah is falling! Head for the hills! On second thought, keep calm and carry on.
Republican congressional leaders, in a fresh strategy after repeatedly failing to dismantle President Barack Obama's health-care law, are leaning toward an effort to postpone it rather than choke off funding.
We are always refighting old battles. But I honestly did not expect to be spending any time in 2013 arguing about whether Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs.
Next month we'll celebrate the 40th anniversary of King's victory in "The Battle of the Sexes," the tennis match that demonstrated to an astonished world that the best woman tennis player in the country could, at 29, beat a 55-year-old guy who used to be good at the game.
Indianapolis offers the full urban deal: great architecture, hot restaurants, famous museums and a walkable downtown. But it also has had one of the worst panhandler problems I've seen. At almost every street corner, it seemed, someone was squeezing you for money.
This month, Indianapolis joined San Antonio, Portland, Ore., and numerous other cities in curbing aggressive begging. And as has happened elsewhere, the American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a suit.