Saturday February 06, 2016
August 13th, 2015
The violence has been relentless during this city's Summer of Freddie Gray.
Three months after parts of this city burned in anguish over the death of Gray, who was fatally injured while in policy custody, the carnage has continued. In fact, it's accelerated.
On a street corner, surrounded by unemployed men, Ibrahim Abed is holding court. Wearing a mop-top wig and ragged clothes, his eyes are hazy as he slurs toward a television camera. On this day, he's a drug addict - and he's running for office.
When the Republican-run Congress convened in January, Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado freshman, said his party's task was to show it could govern "responsibly" and "maturely."
On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced that it was about to miss a bond payment. It claimed that for technical legal reasons this wouldn’t be a default, but that’s a distinction without a difference.
So is Puerto Rico America’s Greece? No, it isn’t, and it’s important to understand why.
The obvious problem when trying to rank the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee next year can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump.
I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.
Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates. His meditation on race in America has hit No. 1 in its first week on the New York Times' best-seller list. Race relations may still be a mess, as his book suggests, but at least people are interested in reading about it.
A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this.
Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material.
Where did we go wrong?
Was it in 1962, when Marilyn Monroe sidled onto a stage in what could have been mistaken for lingerie and warbled “Happy Birthday” to John Kennedy, blurring any line between the presidential and the pulchritudinous, between show business and the nation’s business?