Thursday October 08, 2015
March 26th, 2015
It's been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.
The relationship between journalists and Steve Jobs could often be fraught, but there were always a handful of reporters he liked and trusted. They included John Markoff of The New York Times, Steven Levy, formerly of Wired magazine (he's now at Medium), Walt Mossberg, the longtime technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal (he's now at Re/code), and Brent Schlender of Fortune. They had all been on the technology beat seemingly forever, and they had known Jobs for decades.
On “The Nightly Show,” Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore nailed it.
After the University of Oklahoma kicked its SAE fraternity off campus for a racist display that even for rich white boys was way past the pale, Wilmore quipped:
"Don't worry; you won't be seeing any more of those frat boys -- until they're your congressmen."
There is a revealing contradiction in the Obama administration's pre-defense of a nuclear deal with Iran. The White House claims that Israeli and Republican critics have no alternative, other than war. But President Barack Obama recently reiterated that he is ready to "walk away" from a bad deal - and that the chances are no better than even that Iran will accept his terms.
Ferguson, Missouri, is once again a flash point in this nation's struggle to come to grips with itself, as its citizens are embroiled in a profound conversation about bias, policing, the criminal justice system, civil rights and social justice.
Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.
Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson gave one of the most memorable speeches by a U.S. president, calling on Congress to enact a voting rights bill by borrowing the cry of the civil rights movement: "We shall overcome."
College acceptance letters go out -- actually, college admissions web portals go live -- in a few weeks. This column was originally intended to help calm anxious high school seniors, and their anxious parents, about the whole crazy-making process.
If Hillary Clinton didn't do anything wrong, why is she so reluctant to talk about it?
It is hard to call her barely legal use of her personal account to conduct government business a "scandal," since she so resolutely refuses to sound scandalized by it.