Wednesday September 17, 2014
March 12th, 2014
Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It's past time for the rest of the country to do the same.
A fascinating new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that millennials (defined by Pew as Americans ages 18 to 33) are drifting away from traditional institutions - political, religious and cultural.
Before we make a value judgment about these changes, let's lay them out and understand how fundamentally they will transform the structure of American society and our conception of societal norms.
According to the study and to Pew's analysis of it:
At age 75, Gov. Jerry Brown, California's onetime political wunderkind, has just announced his candidacy for a fourth term. After three long-ago failed presidential bids, it's not that he's given up the notion of someday occupying the White House. It's just that he's a realist and has plenty he still wants to accomplish right where he is in the Golden State.
People, have you noticed that the news has been really depressing lately? These are the times when you come to understand why there's so much interest in watching kitten videos. Do you think it's the weather?
Consider Texas, where two more abortion clinics were forced to close this week. If the courts don't intervene, by the end of the year Texas may be down to six places where a woman can go to end a pregnancy. That's in a state of 268,000 square miles, with 26 million people.
If you can't spell it, you can't get it.
President Barack Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin's anthem. "R-S-P-E-C-T," he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter.
When Patti LaBelle took the stage, she told Obama, "Baby, you've got swag."
By now you've probably heard the news.
The SAT is reverting to a 1600-point scale and making the essay portion of the test optional. The vocabulary words and math sections are changing and the guessing penalty (where you were penalized for getting a question wrong instead of not answering it) has been eliminated.
What strikes 1 American woman in 4 and claims a life in the United States every six hours?
This scourge can be more unsettling to talk about than colonoscopies, and it is so stigmatizing that most victims never seek help.
For Republicans to block one of President Obama's nominees is dog-bites-man non-news. For members of the president's party to defect is more notable. And for Democrats to worry more about their political hides than a nominee's fitness for service -- as happened in the Senate last week -- is simply revolting.