April 27th, 2014

Cliven Bundy's awful views should not be news

    To paraphrase Sean Hannity, we're getting awfully far away from the tortoise.

    You know that it is a slow week for news when the big story is that a man who thinks he should be allowed to let his cattle graze harmoniously for free on protected federal lands might have some racist opinions. What? Why do we care about his thoughts on race? Why, for that matter, were we listening to him in the first place?

Cliven Bundy, Paula Deen and what's 'beyond the pale' in American conversation

    Cliven Bundy, the rancher who swiftly became a conservative hero after a confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management, seems destined to lose his halo with rather remarkable speed after the New York Times today reported some comments of his.

Rick Perry's scandal could help him

Parents have reason to fear their autistic children will be bullied

    Ellen Murray cheats at games. She swindles, hoodwinks and tricks the kids she is playing with. And then she has to explain to them what just happened.

    "They will always let me take their turn, again and again," said Murray. "And we have to teach them to stand up for themselves."

Obama isn't getting through with the good news

    Here's a bit of good news for nervous Democrats: President Barack Obama's health-care law isn't going to be the albatross many feared it would be in this year's congressional elections. Enrollment has soared, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will cost less than initially projected and that premiums will rise only slightly this year.

A fear of losing prompts recent KKK comeback

    Last week CNN sparked a backlash with its headline, "Can the Klan Rebrand?" The network's story was a look at the Ku Klux Klan's efforts to distance itself from its reputation as a violence-inciting hate group in the wake of former Klan Grand Dragon Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, being charged in a shootiang spree that left three people dead at two Jewish facilities in Kansas.

Obama's fading dream of a foreign policy legacy

    President Barack Obama envisioned building a foreign-policy legacy in his second term: a nuclear deal with sanction-strapped Iran, an end to U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, and a successful pivot to Asia, including a trans-Pacific trade pact.

Can Hillary Clinton rock the cradle and the world?

    There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly "over the hill."

    Ageism mixed with sexism is a toxic brew, but somehow tolerated. It's a joke, but not a funny one, that women age in dog years, which means that no male candidate will ever be as old as Hillary is now at 462.

Cliven Bundy's towering tantrum of entitlement

    Here's an important lesson for politicians and talk show hosts: Be careful whom you put on a pedestal. They might fall on you.

    Yes, I'm referring to the saga of Cliven Bundy. I'm laughing too hard at the Nevada rancher's political cheerleaders to be shocked by his famously ignorant slavery remarks.

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