Saturday September 05, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
As one group of Islamic militants was waging war in Paris, another was slaughtering vast numbers of civilians in Baga in northern Nigeria - as many as 2,000, according to Amnesty International; "only" 150, according to the Nigerian government.
I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals. (Spoiler for my worried friends: I'm OK, well, on the mend and writing again.) I had visiting nurses and caretakers and family meetings and all the things you have in that other world, which is the world of the ill.
It’s 2015, you know, and a tea party fantasy looks to be realized.
No, we’re not talking about Republican control of both houses of Congress. We’re talking about the fantasy that begat a sequel to “Back to the Future.”
There's an adage in my business that it's not news when a dog bites a man, only when a man bites a dog.
By that reasoning, the political story of the year so far is Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not run for president.
Inside the camp activity room there were cheerful posters on the wall, long windows that opened to sweeping, wintry views of the Chesapeake Bay and a couple dozen boisterous tweens.
Writing this column on Monday afternoon, I can only guess at the final score of the big game between Ohio State and Oregon. But I certainly know who the winners are in this first ever "true" national championship college football game.
When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that "too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs."
Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.
A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an emblem of slavery. Texas said no, and the sons are suing because the state accepts other messages for specialty plates.
The sons have a point.