Saturday September 05, 2015
August 20th, 2015
Fifty years have passed since the Watts riots, a disaster that brought death, destruction and an unexpected, although long overdue, boost to the value of racial diversity in newsrooms.
Six days of looting, shootings and arson resulted in 34 deaths, more than $40 million in property damage and a spur to white flight from inner cities, especially when it was followed by similar eruptions in other cities.
A welcome if unexpected repercussion of the first Republican presidential debate is the pressure on the next debate's moderators to demand more prescriptions and less bombast from Donald Trump.
The tough questions posed by the Fox News anchors drew ugly pushback from Trump, but they elevated the debate beyond a boring jumble of self-promoting recitations from the other nine candidates, each limited to a few spotlight minutes.
Donald Trump gives me his Grumpy Cat look.
I’m sitting in his office in Trump Tower high above Fifth Avenue, next to a wall plastered with framed magazine covers giving the effect of an infinity mirror, his face endlessly multiplying — including an old Playboy with the real estate mogul slyly smiling next to a comely bunny.
In the arid hills that rim this remote town of just 327 people, Tim Kellogg spent countless hours with cattle: feeding them, herding them, even helping them give birth. He was a cowboy through and through.
In his shop on the sleepy main street, which could almost pass for the set of a Western, he toiled just as arduously at a mixer and a stove, fashioning one decadent truffle after another. He was a chocolatier, too.
When you eat a bowl of Simply Granola in the morning, you may think you’re making a healthy start to the day, courtesy of Quaker Oats. But you’re taking in the amount of sugar in almost four Oreo cookies.
Bernie Sanders is an unlikely phenomenon.
Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why.
A small-sample poll in New Hampshire shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 37, six months before the state's first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary. At the same time, Sanders is drawing huge crowds in cities around the country where he was virtually unknown when he threw his hat in the ring. What's going on?
W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most -- "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" -- is irresistible. It's always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies.
As if we did not already know it before Fox News' Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Donald Trump can dish out barbs against other people, but he can't take 'em.
"The questions to me were far tougher," he told reporters after the debate. "I didn't think they were appropriate. And I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally."