Thursday September 18, 2014
April 6th, 2014
"A Dupont Circle neighbor said he seemed 'more like a nerd than a spy.'"
"The rabbi of the South Bend, Ind., temple where he was bar mitzvahed described him as an 'outstanding scholar and your prototype all-American boy.'"
Those were my words as a young reporter on the metro staff of The Washington Post, writing 28 years ago about the arrest of Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard outside the Israeli Embassy.
So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to insure maximum stress and standing in line. Like mobbing shopping malls on the day after Thanksgiving, it's the American way of life.
A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before.
“No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the UN runs jointly with the World Meteorological Organization.
climate change is heating up
One of the unwritten but widely respected rules of satire is that somehow, somewhere, someone simply isn't going to get the joke.
And if they don't get the joke, you get taken seriously about something you don't really believe.
That makes Stephen Colbert, who has turned a satirical version of himself into a Comedy Central superstar of fake news, one of the bravest people on television.
Lawyering-up used to be a sign of guilt. Hiring lawyers to try to pre-empt a raft of independent investigations is a sign of futility.
There’s some good news about the news business for a change.
The big headwound traditional media venues like newspapers and TV suffered with the advent of Internet ads is starting to heal. The bleeding has either stopped or slowed to a less-painful trickle for most divisions of the Fourth Estate, according to the Pew Research Center’s recently released State of the News Media report.
Like that little choo-choo in the classic children’s book “The Little Engine that Could,” Moral Monday is the little movement that says, “I think I can” and keeps chugging up the hill.
This new progressive coalition became a full-throttle citizen uprising in North Carolina early last year.
Congress will soon vote on a measure that would raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 and bring the tipped wage to 70 percent of the full minimum.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would give millions of American workers a long-overdue raise. Today’s $7.25-per-hour minimum isn’t a living wage anywhere in America. In fact, the average cost of living in America would require closer to $15 per hour.
As I waited for the body of a man who jumped in front of my train to be cleared from the tracks -- less than a week before another train I was riding struck a suicide victim -- it occurred to me that (a) I should check whether suicide rates are increasing due to the bad economy (they are, especially among men in their 50s), and that (b) talking about suicide is long overdue.