Wednesday September 02, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
Every time I read about the actor Mark Wahlberg's bid to be pardoned by the state of Massachusetts for crimes he committed in his youth, I flash back to the days I spent with him for a Times magazine profile just before "Boogie Nights" came out. I remember a specific detail.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an explanation for the singular nature of her power.
"I'll always be an outsider. That's how I understand the world," the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview. "There's a real benefit to being clear about this. I know why I'm here. I think about this every morning before I open my eyes, and I'm still thinking about it every night when I go to sleep."
Andrew Gutierrez steeled himself for Christmas as soon as the stores started blaring carols in November.
Those holiday songs, the piney smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees, the gingerbread giddiness of other kids making lists of stuff they covet - they're always hard for Andrew to take. The 17-year-old wants one gift more than any other: "I want my dad back. I just want my dad."
Good thing I don't live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Because the cops, apparently, would be at my door.
They showed up at the Silver Spring home of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv last month, followed by Child Protective Services (CPS) workers. And CPS was back again this week. And at their kids' school.
Greg Rickford, Canada's minister of natural resources, was in the United States most of this past week, on a trip that didn't get much attention in the media with so much bigger news swirling about. So let me fill you in.
The man who has been governor of Texas since pterodactyls roamed the plains took his leave at the state Capitol this week. He is not saying anything for sure about running for president. Mum's the word until springtime. However, he recently told a reporter that if voters want to break from the Obama era, "I am a very clear and compelling individual to support."
I'm not sure how Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will fare - mark me down as skeptical - but the rationale invoked by some of his allies that the third time is the charm, channeling Ronald Reagan, is a non-starter.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society's great shame, it has also proved timeless.
If Jeb Bush's early disclosure that he's clearing the decks for a 2016 presidential bid was meant to scare off all Republican opposition, it appears to have backfired on him.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser was right to speak out on the terrorist attacks in Paris. Washington and Paris have been sister cities since 2000. Those heinous acts against freedom of speech, Bowser noted, only strengthen the bond between the two capitals.