Wednesday September 02, 2015
May 7th, 2015
Today's topic is toxic substances and the appalling gaps in the current law that is supposed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals.
For example, before a new chemical enters the market, the manufacturer must demonstrate its safety and the substance must win approval from federal regulators, right?
Not even close.
Our topic today is: Bernie Sanders for president?
"My fifteen minutes of fame," the Vermont senator said gruffly over the phone.
Gruff is pretty much his normal way of speaking, but Sanders was actually in a good mood at this point in the conversation. Later, the volume would escalate.
Up to now, most talk in Democratic Party circles about the 2016 primaries has been about whether a challenge would be good or bad for the clear frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. But now comes Bernie Sanders, making the case that it will be good for the party and the country.
Unlike my own parents, I normally do not condone lifting a hand to spank, slap or whip misbehaving children. Yet I salute Toya Graham, now known widely known as Baltimore's Angry Mom, for making corporal punishment look like high art.
In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor's lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously clean, or whether a fish deserves to live when a cherry tree will die.
The thing that's easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is.
In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willowy brunette with an easy laugh and quiet manner.
The eruptions in Baltimore have been tied, in complex ways, to frustrations at American inequality, and a new measure of the economic gaps arrived earlier this year:
It turns out that the Wall Street bonus pool in 2014 was roughly twice the total annual earnings of all Americans working full time at the federal minimum wage.
If Hillary Clinton goes the distance, she may have Shakespeare to thank.
Shakespeare and beer.
Both forged one of her campaign's chief architects, Joel Benenson. Both are among his compasses.
The black man courting crowds of white conservatives doesn't seem like the same guy that H. Westley Phillips once idolized. Phillips still relishes the day he heard Ben Carson inspire minority students at Yale University with his story of persistence. He can still feel the nervous anticipation he had while waiting in line to shake Carson's hand.