Thursday September 18, 2014
September 4th, 2014
President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options.
Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.
But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society - including African-Americans themselves.
Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she'd been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the stairs. Why she'd come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn't entirely clear.
What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: oil.
Sure, President Barack Obama may have dropped food and water on that desolate Iraqi mountaintop out of humanitarian concern for the persecuted Yazidi minority. But he didn’t drop any bombs until Islamic State fighters began to threaten Kurdish oil supplies.
The anti-Boehner faction is on the way back to Washington, and bringing reinforcements.
Ten of the 12 House Republicans who didn't support John Boehner's 2013 selection as speaker are cruising to November victories, despite the business community's attempts to knock some of them off. Rep. Ted Yoho's primary victory in Florida Tuesday night completed the sweep, while the remaining two ran for the Senate and lost.
You’ve surely heard many things about the Affordable Care Act, including the website headaches that embarrassed the Obama administration during the new program’s rollout.
To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.
The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.
Across my desk recently came a reissue of the 1964 classic "The Drinking Man's Diet," a cute little volume that maintains that if you drink a bit you'll lose weight. Counterintuitive, because one of the things we think we know about alcohol is that it provides truly empty calories, which generally speaking cause weight gain (see, for example, soda).
How to describe Congressman Paul Ryan’s reaction when Ray Jose showed up at his Florida book signing?
Let’s say it was like a vegetarian who, suitably bibbed for a suitable meal, sees a rack of lamb slide before him.
Jose is an organizer for United We Dream, a political group made up of young people for whom the DREAM Act was written.