Thursday November 26, 2015
August 20th, 2015
The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable intelligence that saved American lives, Bush-era CIA Directors George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, and several of their underlings announced plans to release a book justifying torture.
It would be a catastrophe for American influence in the world if Congress killed the Iranian nuclear deal.
Who will save the Republican Party from the destructive and vulgar force of Donald Trump? Several of his rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination have stepped forward, but no common voice has emerged that might effectively purge the party of its current plague.
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, the GOP’s battle cry from that race also prevailed. Remember “drill, baby, drill”?
Public education used to be, you know, public — an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.
The farther the left and right wings in politics move toward opposite extremes, an old saying goes, the more they resemble each other. You can see this vigorously at work these days in the Republican campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and the Democratic campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
What does it take for this nation to place some simple regulations on gun control? No, no, no, I am not saying take all guns away. I am just saying that certain guns are not needed under any conditions and certain people should not ever have guns. Much of the world has managed with a few simple controls. We can too.
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.