Monday September 22, 2014
September 11th, 2014
I'm beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it.
What's its rightful mission? How has it changed? Is it sufficiently accessible? Invariably worthwhile?
When their far-fetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea deal when they had the chance?
Federal authorities had offered to avoid charging the state's first lady if the then-governor pleaded guilty to one felony fraud charge, according to news reports.
"Are Football Coaches Overpaid?" asks a new paper by two Vanderbilt University professors, Randall S. Thomas of the law school, and R. Lawrence Van Horn of the school of management. It's amazing the things academics can find worthy of study, isn't it?
Republican candidates are falling madly in love with contraception.
"I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription - cheaper and easier, for you," declares Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner in a new ad. He's running against the Democratic incumbent, Mark Udall, in a close race.
Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State -- whichever goal President Obama chooses -- will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.
Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat whose seat is a top target of Republicans to regain control of the Senate, walked into the debate hall in Raleigh Wednesday night looking sharp in a gray suit.
Another man has made a wild uninformed statement on the subject of rape. Where in the world are these men coming from? What are they thinking? How do they fancy themselves as such experts on rape?
The Labor Day weekend just past marked the traditional Democratic pitch to American working stiffs. President Obama made it by asking them to put their collective shoulders to the wheel for the self-styled Party of the People in the November congressional midterm elections, so critical to his hopes for a more cooperative Capitol Hill in his last two White House years.
As if beheadings were not terrifying enough, as if the spread of extremism and hatred were not unsettling enough, as if the kidnapping of young girls were not horrifying enough, the world now faces another crisis requiring that countries barely able to provide anything approaching minimal medical care in the best of times deal with a deadly epidemic for which there is no medicine, no cure and, in many places, no health-care facilities, let alone isolation wards.