Saturday February 06, 2016
August 20th, 2015
For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa.
William McGurn, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, hailed an unlikely new conservative hero this week: Sen. Charles Schumer, who opposed the Iranian nuclear deal. The New York Democrat, McGurn wrote, has a chance to become the new Henry "Scoop" Jackson, the principled and influential Cold War Democratic hawk who died in 1983.
There's a very important new movement out there with a very important message. It's called "Black Lives Matter." It started a little over a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri, with the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. It's grown since with the deaths of Walter Scott in North Charleston, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati, Christian Taylor in Arlington, Texas, and others whose names we've never heard of.
China is ruled by a party that calls itself Communist, but its economic reality is one of rapacious crony capitalism. And everyone has been assuming that the nation’s leaders are in on the joke, that they know better than to take their occasional socialist rhetoric seriously.
The new consensus that something is wrong with American criminal justice is welcome. The amazing number of people in prison-- a measure on which, adjusting for population, no other nation comes close -- is indeed a sign that the U.S. system is broken. It's good that the will to fix it seems to be growing.
Yet dwelling too much on that one statistic is unwise. There's a danger of missing the point.
Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign -- between, each hopes, the two of them -- is already underway.
Washington just won the Super Bowl!
Wait, you didn't hear? Did you miss the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue? The endless parties? Crowing from VIPs? Oh wait, that didn't happen.
The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority of the population.
The year 2009 was rough for the Bank of America and its chairman and chief executive, Ken Lewis. On Jan. 1, the bank closed its $50 billion purchase of Merrill Lynch, a deal Lewis had hastily negotiated the previous September, as the financial world appeared close to collapse.
Let's talk, for a moment, about fauxtrage.
We all know outrage is in. It generates clicks, sells papers, powers online petitions by the bushel. It's a reliable national industry. And why wouldn't it be? There's plenty to be outraged about, if you have the time and the stomach for it. If you want to, you can spend every day in a perpetual high dudgeon or at least a low simmering dudgeon.