Friday September 04, 2015
March 5th, 2015
With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
Money is often called the first primary, because there's nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports. There are no caucuses; there are no conventions; there is no voting. Real people don't get involved in the process until well after a nominee has been chosen. The only real way to have influence in politics is to have money, or maybe to live in Iowa.
President Obama is clearly right -- and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong -- about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran's place in the world is much more complicated.
"House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey as machinating politician Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his Lady Macbeth, Claire, returned for its third season on Netflix early Friday morning. As always, the series looks gorgeous, and Spacey can chomp scenery with the best of them.
A report released this week by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA suggests that, by sheer numbers, Hollywood is doing somewhat better on race than in the 1930s. But the most sobering part of the report might be its conclusion.
Last week, after much drama, the new Greek government reached a deal with its creditors. Earlier this week, the Greeks filled in some details on how they intend to meet the terms. So how did it go?
Back in 2010, Sen. Charles Grassley proposed a minor amendment to a massive health care bill, requiring that federal lawmakers and their staffs start buying coverage through new insurance marketplaces that would - if the legislation ever passed - be set up by the government.
The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be evacuated.
The mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage, and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city's ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where "every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success."