Saturday October 10, 2015
September 30th, 2015
It's just before midnight on a Friday in downtown Leesburg, and a young couple just stumbled out of the biker bar in this historic Virginia town, past the American flags, quaint lamposts and cascading petunia pots and ducked into an alley, furiously making out.
A guy in a backwards ballcap staggered toward some port-a-potties, then whizzed on a wall just outside them.
John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.
At a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he planned to include black people in his campaign and get them to vote for him.
No wonder John Boehner wept.
The speaker of the House, the Catholic son of a tavern owner, had not only fulfilled the dream of having the pontiff address Congress -- he must have been thinking it might be among his last official acts.
If Martin Shkreli is not the most hated man in America, he must least be first runner-up.
If his name doesn't ring a bell, you're not alone. He's probably less well known for who he is than for what he did.
When the deputy head mistress pulled Malala Yousafzai out of high school chemistry class one morning a year ago, Malala nervously searched her mind for recent offenses.
“You usually get a bit scared if your head teacher comes, because you think you are being caught doing something,” Malala recalled. “But she told me: ‘I need to tell you something. You have won the Nobel Peace Prize.'”
On Thursday, when John Boehner grew weepy in the presence of the pope, I assumed that we were seeing the tears of a proud Catholic.
On Friday, when he announced that he’d be resigning as the speaker of the House of Representatives and leaving Congress at the end of next month, I revised that view.
After attending a canonization Mass at Catholic University with the pope who rails against the excesses of capitalism, I walked off campus to a festival of capitalism.
Vendors were hawking pope bracelets, buttons and T-shirts.
Amid all the division and rancor of the current American political season, there was concern among the faithful about the visit of Pope Francis to the nation's capital and his speech to Congress. The opportunity to add fuel to the public unrest was obvious.
Salmonella poisoning is an awful affliction. It is marked by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dehydration and fever that can last as long as a week. Many people wind up in the hospital. Others develop something called reactive arthritis. And in a small number of cases, the victims die.