Monday September 01, 2014
March 5th, 2014
With Russia growling over the downfall of its ally running Ukraine and still protecting its murderous ally running Syria, there is much talk that we're returning to the Cold War - and that the Obama team is not up to defending our interests or friends. I beg to differ. I don't think the Cold War is back; today's geopolitics are actually so much more interesting than that. And I also don't think President Barack Obama's caution is entirely misplaced.
Russian rhetoric on Ukraine can be infuriating, a continuous rewriting of history to disguise a fundamental disbelief in its neighbor's right to become a fully independent country.
For all that, Western leaders need to listen more carefully, because some of what is being said in Moscow is right.
Barely two days after Joaquin "El Chapo" (Spanish for "Shorty") Guzman Loera's arrest, Entertainment Weekly polled its readers as to who should play the Mexican drug lord in a movie about his life.
The Spanish-language channel Univision already has ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on Guzman's life, EW reports. Its title: "The Drug Baron" or "El Varon de la Droga." Catchy.
Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's most famous political prisoner, cut a frail and diminished figure when she emerged from jail last weekend to address the crowd on Kiev's Independence Square from a wheelchair. They were less than ecstatic, but don't count her out. She is one of the world's truly tough women.
In the already tiresome guessing game of whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, there's a wide assumption among Democrats that the nomination is hers for the asking. One apparent rationale is that the party has no one else to turn to who has comparable national recognition or appeal.
Back in the infancy of the Internet Age, our hippest policy wonks orated endlessly about the emerging “information superhighway.”
But that mouthful of a moniker would soon fall out of fashion. Anyone today who talks about the “information superhighway” comes across as a hopelessly uncool 1990s throwback. The irony here? If we truly treated the Internet as a “superhighway,” maybe we wouldn’t find ourselves in the online mess that now envelops us.
Several police officers are waiting in a hotel room, handcuffs at the ready, when they get the signal. A female undercover officer posing as a prostitute is with a would-be customer in an adjacent room, and she has pushed a secret button indicating that they should charge in to make the arrest.
In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.
"This Congress has been a great disappointment to everyone, members, media, citizens, and our country," said Dingell, who has served longer than any member in the history of either chamber. "Little has been done in this Congress, with 57 bills passed into law."
Arizona. Wow. How often do you find yourself saying, "Go, entrenched interests of the business community!" Yet here we are.
Responding to howls from the state's economic interests, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious conviction. Brewer is an erratic politician, but she's not crazy. After all, she did once refer to the state Capitol as "that hellhole."