Saturday November 28, 2015
June 9th, 2015
What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common?
All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.
The Republicans have a big problem. Their presidential primary contest is beginning to resemble the New York marathon — hordes of contestants as far as the eye can see.
How is a voter expected to choose among them, particularly since virtually all say pretty much the same thing?
The recent oil spill in Santa Barbara, California hit home for me in a painful way. As a southern Californian for many years now, I take any excuse to head up the coast to Santa Barbara I can get.
It’s a particularly beautiful stretch of pristine coastline, populated by an abundance of marine mammals.
As everyone who travels a lot soon learns, it’s easy to forget where you are. Those big chains uniformly offer all the charm of Noplace, USA.
This disorienting sameness has become more dizzying in recent years as the chains have merged and conglomerated.
Laura Markowski used to worry every time a text alerted her that a patient had posted a negative review online of a doctor at her health-care system.
She's in charge of "reputation management" at a group of hospitals and clinics in Virginia, and it's her job to monitor complaints about rudeness, long waits, lack of face time with a doctor or something more serious.
"My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, 'See, we've got a different way, and it works,' " Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in 2013.
Following the recent uprising in Baltimore, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan promised that he’d work to reduce crime in the state. He also affirmed that Marylanders who’d been convicted of felonies and done their time should be able to reenter society as free citizens.
Politicians talk a lot, and the more a politician talks, the greater the risk he or she will say something regrettable. If you run your mouth for 11 hours at a stretch, as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is wont to do, the chance of putting your foot in it goes up correspondingly.
I was in the audience a few rows in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron when he delivered his seminal 2013 speech pledging a referendum on Britain's membership in the European Union. At the time, I couldn't decide whether it was a political masterstroke that would finally quiet Britain's most strident euro-skeptics, or a suicidal concession to the anti-European elements in Cameron's Conservative Party.