Saturday November 28, 2015
April 2nd, 2015
Late last night, Galileo's skeletal hand (not the one that's in a museum, the other one) reached out of a grave and gave me this letter. I reproduce it in full.
Dear Ted, Dear Everyone, Please stop dragging me into this. Please, please stop.
At 17, Zakiya James has a story that shows what's very right and very wrong in American education.
Let's just stipulate that she is pretty brilliant.
She's a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia. At 17. Studying civil engineering.
Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.
We don't need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don't need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible.
The presidential race is on! And right now the official pack of contenders consists of ... Ted Cruz.
You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here's a quick refresher:
1. "Vagina." That's a definite no-no. Three years ago, Republicans in the Michigan statehouse banned Democratic Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she used the v-word.
Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican hopeful to formally enter the race for his party's 2016 nomination, is not one for subtlety. In his choice of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a fundamentalist Christian hotbed, he preached his true-faith conservative message to the choir.