Wednesday January 28, 2015
Archive - 2014
I turned on ESPN about 15 minutes before Roger Goodell's Friday afternoon news conference. There was a round table of analysts and reporters, led by Bob Ley, the journalist who covers the serious side of sports for the network. If I hadn't known better, I would have thought they were prepping for a coming news conference by a politician in trouble rather than the commissioner of the National Football League.
Congress is gone. But not forgotten.
OK, to be honest, they're totally forgotten. The members of the House and Senate have been out of session for about a day, and the nation has already totally wiped them from the memory bank.
Oh, America's Legislature, we hardly knew ye.
The latest meeting of the People Who Influence Everything from Auto Loans to 401(k) Plans - a.k.a. the Federal Reserve Board's Open Market Committee - has just concluded. The Fed confirmed Wednesday that, as expected, it will stop buying bonds with freshly printed money in October but did not say when, exactly, it will end its recession-fighting zero-interest-rate policy.
No wonder members of Congress are walking around with big smiles on their faces these days. They're used to being the most disgraced people in the country. But now there's one group that has an even worse reputation: the NFL.
This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?
We've seen this dreaded movie before. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before a Senate committee this week and said that, under certain circumstances, he might recommend that President Barack Obama send U.S. ground forces to help fight the Islamic State, the terrorist group known as ISIS.
Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.
Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways -- ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch.
The fight to increase Americans' stagnant incomes is, at long last, growing more serious. This week, with the explicit backing of the House Democratic Caucus, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, is introducing a bill that would prompt corporations to reward workers - not just top executives and major shareholders - for their gains in productivity.
Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has exposed a hazardous culture clash in the Texas indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse.
If parents are going to be sent to jail for giving their children a "whipping," then "every black parent in the South is going to be in jail."
Hillary Clinton is about as subtle as a jackhammer. The Hill reported on her weekend trip to Iowa:
"As the former secretary of State took the stage at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's, D-Iowa, final steak fry, she told the crowd: 'Hello Iowa - I'm ba-ack!'