Wednesday October 07, 2015
September 24th, 2015
Throughout the summer, Russia's forces in eastern Ukraine kept up a daily drumbeat of attacks on the Ukrainian army, inflicting significant casualties while avoiding a response by Western governments. On Sept. 1, following a new cease-fire, the guns suddenly fell silent. Optimists speculated that Vladimir Putin was backing down.
Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime leftist dissident, has won a stunning victory in the contest for leadership of Britain’s Labour Party. Political pundits say that this means doom for Labour’s electoral prospects; they could be right, although I’m not the only person wondering why commentators who completely failed to predict the Corbyn phenomenon have so much confidence in their analyses of what it means.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke Saturday to a half-empty gymnasium at Benedict College in South Carolina. The school is historically black, but the crowd appeared to be largely white.
This underscores the severe challenge facing the Sanders campaign: African-American voters have yet to fully connect to the man and the message.
We know all too well which colleges are the hardest to get into. The news media swoons over and trumpets this information, which is advertised as well by the most selective schools themselves.
We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that.
A danger for all of us in the column business is that we'll look for political meaning in Pope Francis' big speeches and ignore what he actually does while he's here.
Yes, his words will matter, and Francis will have an enormous impact both on American politics and on politics inside a divided American Catholic Church.
So Jeb Bush is finally going after Donald Trump. Over the past couple of weeks the man who was supposed to be the front-runner has made a series of attacks on the man who is. Strange to say, however, Bush hasn’t focused on what’s truly vicious and absurd — viciously absurd? — about Trump’s platform, his implicit racism and his insistence that he would somehow round up 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and remove them from our soil.
CNN does less news and more retrospectives these days. Hence, one would have been excused to assume it was showing another century in China the other day.
Missiles nose to tail, soldiers goose-stepping, China was parading every ounce and centimeter of its military might. And for what?
Oh, Europe, the Mediterranean, cradle of civilization, is a watery grave. At the side of an Austrian highway, 71 nameless refugees perish, asphyxiated in a modern-day boxcar. Czech authorities, armed with indelible markers but bereft of a sense of history, inscribe identification numbers on the skin of 200 migrants. Others are duped by Hungarian police with promises of “freedom” and find themselves in a “reception” camp (where presumably they are offered a shower).
Mark Meadows wears his gray hair neatly trimmed and parted. He has been happily married to one woman for 36 years. And "humble" does not begin to describe the two-term Republican congressman's aw-shucks, nonconfrontational manner.
Donald Trump, in other words, he is not.
This may be the most surprising of President Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.