Saturday November 28, 2015
June 19th, 2015
When Dennis Hastert was indicted for trying to cover up some $3.5 million in hush money payments to a man he’d allegedly sexually abused decades ago, Washington was shocked. I wasn’t.
I was shocked that Hastert, who’d spent the better part of his life in public service after working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach, could afford to contemplate a $3.5 million payout.
Running for president is hard. Former Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt was twice a serious candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- in 1988 and 2004. In 1988 he won the Iowa caucuses and finished second in the New Hampshire primary. But his campaign petered out and he lost the nomination to Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In 2004 Gephardt finished fourth in Iowa and dropped out of the race.
People all over the world have been following the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, but few as enthusiastically as Spencer and Joshua, two students at a New York City high school who see her as an inspiring role model.
Spencer, 16, was born a girl and given a girl's name, but he says it never felt right. On the first day of kindergarten, his mom dressed him in a skirt - the school uniform - and he cried.
To many observers, the FIFA corruption probe has been a result of journalistic enterprise, whether via the dogged investigative ethos of British journalist Andrew Jennings that first brought the accusations to light, or the satirical television work of John Oliver that later brought those accusations to a wider audience.
The United States is notorious for having one of the lowest voter participation rates in the industrialized democratic world, and there is no shortage of proposals for increasing it. President Barack Obama recently floated the idea of compulsory voting. Hillary Rodham Clinton, running to succeed him, has a plan for national automatic voter registration and expanded early voting.
Warning to readers: Reports of Hillary Clinton's supposed lurch to the left have been greatly exaggerated, and there's more to come.
Certainly, her campaign has supplied bullet points for a tale of leftward tilt:
Here are a couple of things you may not know about recent topics in the news: First, no Secretary of State previous to Hillary Clinton had ever used a government email address or preserved their messages for posterity. And why should they? The law requiring cabinet members to do so didn't go into effect until after Clinton left office.
Presumably to make one-stop-shopping easier for Chinese and Russian hackers.
It's been a dismal stretch for a woman's right to choose. Not everywhere - I swear that if you stay with me there's going to be a bright spot. But, first, I'm afraid we're going to have to talk about Texas.
My shocks were shocked. My struts, too.
I was headed down I-25 north of Denver when, with the force of an albatross across the face, a tremendous pothole presented itself. Fortunately, I had hands at 10 and 2. I was obeying the speed limit. Even at that, for a moment, hugging my lane with vehicles on either side of me became a harrowing task.
When historians get around to identifying who greened the national grid, Scott Sklar belongs on their list. The energy consultant and former solar lobbyist with a wild white beard has spent more than 40 years bolstering industries that tread more lightly than fossil fuels and stretch efficiency.
Now 65, Sklar is having too much fun doing his part to make renewable energy hit critical mass to slow down.