Thursday January 29, 2015
January 14th, 2015
The 100-day evaluation is a marker in U.S. politics - superficial sometimes, though often a leading indicator. By April 15, 2015, the tone and motivation of the new Republican Congress may be apparent.
Those first 100 days won't make clear which measures will or won't pass the 114th Congress; no one can anticipate intervening events over the next 600 days.
What decided the 2000 election? A few hanging chads? The Supreme Court? Or was it Fox News?
A new working paper argues that former President George W. Bush's popular vote total would have been 1.6 percentage points lower in his race against former Vice President Al Gore if Fox had not launched four years earlier. The paper provides new evidence that Fox and MSNBC have a real influence on how their audiences are likely to vote.
With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.
The cover story of The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, "The Wreck of the Kulluk," by McKenzie Funk, is one of those articles that you can't put down even though you know how it turns out. The Kulluk was an offshore exploratory drilling rig, owned by Royal Dutch Shell, which, in December 2012, ran aground in some of the most inhospitable waters in the world.
The dryer went kaput. We ordered a new one, but the pile of laundry couldn’t wait until a way-past-New Year’s Eve delivery. So my wife and I ushered in 2015 at the laundromat.
I wished Mitt Romney could have been with us, there among the people who pay a penalty every day for being poor.
Marci Rosenberg, a senior speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan, earns about $73,000 a year.
Desmond Patton, who studies the problems of gang violence, is a professor at the University of Michigan. He earns about $80,000 a year.
The day after Christmas, a shooter terrorized the streets of a Chattanooga, Tennessee, neighborhood. According to the local newspaper, the shooter was "wearing body armor" and "firing multiple shots out her window at people and cars." One witness told the paper that the shooter was "holding a gun out of the window as if it were a cigarette."
Suddenly, or so it seems, the U.S. economy is looking better. Things have been looking up for a while, but at this point the signs of improvement - job gains, rapidly growing GDP, rising public confidence - are unmistakable.
Most politicians would do anything to become president. Mario Cuomo, who died at his home in Manhattan on New Year's Day at age 82, twice turned down the chance to run for the job, essentially because his heart always remained in New York.
If Mike Huckabee is going to make a serious run for the Republican presidential nomination, he will have to do something he was unable to do in 2008: raise millions of dollars and build a sprawling national campaign to complement the well of support he has among evangelical Christians and grass-roots activists in early primary states.