Saturday November 28, 2015
May 14th, 2015
The old adage that every mother's son can grow up to be president -- now revised to include her daughter -- is being put to the test with a vengeance in this current election cycle.
The latest batch of Republicans -- businesswoman Carly Fiorina, retired surgeon Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- joins three freshman senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, in the 2016 race.
Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission -- trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.
Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.
A week at the American Academy in Berlin leaves me with two contradictory feelings: One is that Germany today deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, and the other is that Germany tomorrow will have to overcome its deeply ingrained post-World War II pacifism and become a more serious, activist global power. And I say both as a compliment.
Like a Pringles vendor sounding an alarm about obesity, Pope Francis fashioned himself a feminist last week.
You are not reading The Onion.
It was an epic mismatch of messenger and message, and I say that as someone who is thankful for this pope, admires him greatly and believes that a change of tone even without a change in teaching has meaning and warrants celebration.
Someone explain why Republicans like Don Coram are so hard to find. You’ll have to travel all the way to Montrose, Colo., to find him, unless he’s in the Colorado state Capitol.
There the state representative recently encountered frustration with fellow Republicans on something you’d think every person of any persuasion would support: fewer unwanted pregnancies among teens, and fewer abortions.
In every episode of "Silicon Valley," the terrific HBO comedy series created by Mike Judge, there is always a moment, rendered utterly deadpan, that both mocks and explains the current, are-we-in-a-bubble-yet state of play in, well, Silicon Valley.
To hear former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tell it, there is no Republican presidential candidate better equipped than he is to run against Hillary Clinton - and he has the battle scars to prove it.
Back in Arkansas, "every time I ever ran for public office, I ran against the Clinton political machine. I ran against their money. I ran against them," Huckabee told a recent gathering of New Hampshire Republicans.
Last week, Baltimore's chief prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, charged six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The charges included second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
(These were only charges. There will be a defense and a trial. The officers remain innocent until and unless proven guilty.)
Every time you're tempted to say that America is moving forward on race - that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be - along comes an atrocity to puncture your complacency. Almost everyone realizes, I hope, that the Freddie Gray affair wasn't an isolated incident, that it's unique only to the extent that for once there seems to be a real possibility that justice may be done.
Prime Minister David Cameron's surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain's Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.