Tuesday February 09, 2016
September 17th, 2015
You'd never think it from the present chaos in American presidential politics, but over most of the last century, relative stability has been the byword. Of the 12 elected presidents who ran for a second term in that period, eight were given it by the voters.
About two years ago, Ezra Klein wrote in The Washington Post about University of Chicago social scientist Harold Pollack, who "managed to write down pretty much everything you need to know on a 4x6 index card" about investing.
I thought that approach was worthwhile for many reasons.
Has there ever been a university whose success was more dependent on football than Notre Dame?
Go back to the 1920s, when this middling Catholic school near South Bend, Indiana, was a household name because the radio networks all broadcast Notre Dame football games. Notre Dame football had Knute Rockne, the legendary coach, and Grantland Rice’s “Four Horsemen.”
Last week, Jeb(!) Bush came under fire from Donald Trump - generally a sign that you are doing something right.
In this case, the thing that Jeb! was doing right was answering a question in fluent Spanish. Trump didn't like it, just as Trump don't like it any time anyone speaks and Trump cannot understand (so, not in the third person and using words of more than one syllable).
Rick Perry — out!
The new glasses apparently didn’t do the trick.
The former governor of Texas threw in the towel Friday and the Republican race is now totally lacking in candidates who claimed to have shot a coyote while jogging.
Just when you think the Republican Party can't possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out. Except for opposition to President Obama, what do these people have in common?
Conducting government business via private email was a mistake, Hillary Clinton has conceded. She's sorry, albeit belatedly, grudgingly, and rather unspecifically. The FBI will continue to investigate whether, and how badly, national security was compromised by transmitting classified information on the private server; the emails, redacted but still full of tidbits about everything from gefilte fish to TV's "The Good Wife," will continue to be released.
Of the millions of young men and women settling into college dorms this month, one of the most unlikely is Abdisamad Adan, a 21-year-old beginning his freshman year at Harvard. Some of his 18 siblings are illiterate and never went even to first grade, and he was raised without electricity or indoor plumbing by an illiterate grandmother in a country that doesn’t officially exist.
We know all too well which colleges are the hardest to get into. The news media swoons over and trumpets this information, which is advertised as well by the most selective schools themselves.
We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that.
Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on the new Stephen Colbert late-night television show was not billed as a campaign event. But because of the man's rare candor and authenticity, the interview may have offered the best argument for him to run for president after all, despite his clearly stated reservations.