Thursday October 08, 2015
September 24th, 2015
It’s apology season on the campaign trail.
After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official government email account when she led the State Department.
To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails.
Not climate change, not the growing gap between the filthy rich and the deserving poor, and not our crumbling roads, declining schools, or tattered justice system — just Hillary’s emails.
Our national attention span is ... short. Perhaps we were destined to have 11-person presidential primary debates simply because we have lost our capacity to listen to anybody for more than two minutes.
The rise of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential contest and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side represents a stunning political development: Populist insurgencies now threaten the "establishments" of both major parties.
For all this situation's apparent novelty, both men have succeeded so far due partly to the world's least original political tactic: pandering to the elderly.
Republicans in Congress may have failed to stop the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, but that doesn’t mean they’ve finished bloviating.
As the news came in that President Barack Obama had secured enough votes to override any objections to the deal from Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to re-impose any sanctions the deal lifts.
Although nobody sensible would choose to do it this way, America's political fate has become captive to the TV news media's never-ending quest for ratings. Months before the earliest votes are cast, the 2016 presidential contest has turned into a "reality TV" melodrama.
McDonald’s made headlines recently by announcing it will transition to cage-free eggs by 2025. Hooray: You can feel better about eating that Egg McMuffin.
Or at least you can a decade from now. Less than 1 percent of the fast food giant’s eggs currently come from cage-free chickens.
History, as the old adage goes, is written by the winners. Even though many “winners” are losers as human beings.
The Iran nuclear deal is now sealed — from Washington’s end. But since this has been one of America’s most important foreign policy shifts in the last four decades, it’s worth looking back and grading the performance of the key players.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Grade: A.
Republicans are about to find out whether their strategy of engineering a "better" presidential primary debate will pay off.
Wednesday night's GOP debates from Simi Valley, California - undercard at 6 p.m., main event at 8 p.m. Eastern time - are the first that will be presented this year by a partnership of media organizations, an arrangement dictated by the Republican National Committee.