Thursday September 03, 2015
Hillary Clinton's comment on the Donald Trump train wreck went to the heart of its damage to the Republican Party. "It's shameful," she said of Trump's assault on John McCain as a war hero, "and so is the fact that it took so long for the other Republican candidates to start standing up to him."
Called away on family business, I was afraid I’d missed the sweet spot for commentary on the Harper Lee/"To Kill a Mockingbird"/"Go Set a Watchman” controversy — that moment right after “Watchman’s” release July 14 when it was all anybody in literary circles could talk about.
There is something about being released. Just as it has for other Presidents our current one is using his last two years to loosen the binds of earlier times. President Obama has become the President that we, his supporters, always knew he could be.
At the core of any conflict lies invisibility. The enemy cannot be seen, at least not if seeing betokens the start of understanding. The other is there, a menacing and ineffaceable presence, but is invisible in his or her human dimensions.
The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.
In reality, there is no free lunch. In the alternate reality known as the American political debate, however, that's the only kind on the menu.
Conservatives say tax cuts boost economic growth, which yields higher revenue. No need to worry about bigger budget deficits.
The time-honored way to speak of young people is with horror. They’re wild, reckless, irresponsible, narcissistic, immoral and hopeless — and always have been.
Goodbye, Chicago boys. Hello, MIT gang.
One gauge of the famine looming in South Sudan is that people are simply collapsing from hunger.
As I was driving into this city, a woman was lying inert on the road. She was Nyanjok Garang, and she said she hadn’t eaten for three days. She had set out to look for work, maybe washing clothes, in hopes of keeping her two children alive. After a day of fruitless walking she had collapsed.
The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get -- certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker.
But that was Phase One.