Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - 2013
Political sex scandals are much more enjoyable when you weren't rooting for the politician.
This brings us to San Diego. I know you were dying to be brought to San Diego, people. How could you not? It has such wonderful weather.
Also, terrible government. The public pension system is billions of dollars in the hole. Fire services are underfunded, and Southern California is not a place where you want to scrimp on fire services.
In a now-rare exhibition of sensible compromise in the United States Senate, John McCain of Arizona has re-emerged as the unpredictable maverick who had seemingly vanished in his 2008 bid for the presidency.
McCain is credited with persuading enough members of his party to agree to a deal that avoid a threatened "nuclear option" -- a change in Senate rules that would curb the minority's ability to obstruct executive branch nominations by filibuster.
It's not often that a testy exchange at a hearing, followed by a senator's statement that he would put a hold on the nomination until he got an adequate answer to his question, opens a window to a fundamental issue in our democracy. And a timely one.
On Friday President Barack Obama picked at America's racial wound, and it bled a bit.
Despite persistent attempts by some to divest the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy of its racial resonance, the president refused to allow it.
Asiya Tahir, 20, had her 4-month-old, Mariam, on her back in April when three armed men in Sudanese military uniforms seized her and her sister at a well in Darfur.
The soldiers beat Asiya and then - according to both sisters who were interviewed separately - pulled Mariam off her back and laughingly checked to see if she was a boy or a girl. Grabbing Mariam by one arm, a soldier flung her into the distance.
Lately, I've noticed a worrisome trend. You are becoming the very thing we fled to you to escape.
I have always hated change. Even in 2008, when everyone was getting excited about change as a general concept, I had to be talked into it. Especially online, change too often is synonymous with "replacing something I liked with something I like less."
Woody and Mia had opposite sides of Central Park. Tom and I have opposite sides of the East River.
We're hoping for a better outcome.
It was a subtle distinction, for a psychopath.
"I loved her," Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi said of his onetime girlfriend, Debbie Davis, a sparkling blond Farrah Fawcett look-alike, "but I was not in love with her."
One of my thrills as a young political writer was to trace the long and arduous -- yet eventually victorious -- struggle to assure the right to vote for all Americans.
When Detroit declared bankruptcy, or at least tried to - the legal situation has gotten complicated - I know that I wasn't the only economist to have a sinking feeling about the likely impact on our policy discourse. Was it going to be Greece all over again?
Clearly, some people would like to see that happen. So let's get this conversation headed in the right direction, before it's too late.