Wednesday September 02, 2015
August 13th, 2015
It was billed as The Donald Trump Show, and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched -- and the moderators threw haymakers all night -- he stuck out his chin and punched back.
Donald Trump couldn't resist being himself. That made him a dominant force in the first Republican presidential debate, reinforcing his image as a bully in an evening that produced fireworks, but probably changed nothing.
The exhaustive and exhausting analysis of the Fox News debate promises to produce days more of Trump-mania. It's thus an excellent time to ponder the other big surprise of the 2016 campaign: the Democrats' extended Weekend at Bernie's.
Have you heard? Planned Parenthood is making a fortune selling baby parts! At least, that's what Republican politicians are charging. But don't believe a word of it. It's a phony charge based on phony videos made by phony employees of a phony company working for a phony organization. If you want to know what the pseudo-scandal's really all about, just ask Jeb Bush.
This was, according to many commentators, going to be the election cycle Republicans got to show off their “deep bench.” The race for the nomination would include experienced governors like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, fresh thinkers like Rand Paul, and attractive new players like Marco Rubio. Instead, however, Donald Trump leads the field by a wide margin. What happened?
That picture of Cecil the lion's corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot.
It happens that the Cecil story appalled many of the hunting and fishing writers gathered here by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The partnership represents sportsmen dedicated to maintaining wildlife habitats.
I was researching a billionaire who made a fortune in the pomegranate business when I came across an old New Yorker article that opened a window into her life. Every minute of her day is booked in a life devoted to the constant quest for more money.
It made me wonder: What for?
As a financially struggling graduate student, I understand the desire for more money. Deeply.
Eight years ago I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I knew there’d be trouble, but I never could’ve predicted the years-long ordeal that followed.