Tuesday September 16, 2014
August 10th, 2014
Congress has fled Washington for a five-week summer recess, but don't fret about all of the serious problems left unresolved in their absence. It won't make any difference. Under Speaker John Boehner, members of the 113th Congress accomplish as much out of town as in town. Which is absolutely nothing.
Ebola was not supposed to have a prominent place on the agenda for this week's Africa summit. But it keeps infecting the discussion.
Forty African heads of state visited Washington this week, snarling traffic as the Obama administration highlights what it describes as "one of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing regions."
"I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama Bin Laden -- he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."
Did President Clinton say these words a mere 10 hours before 9/11?
About politics and pandas ...
This is obviously an attempt to get your attention by bringing up a cute and cuddly animal. But give me a break. It's August.
For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as “good” has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama’s presidency.
Who wouldn’t rejoice over these happy milestones on the bumpy road to a real recovery?
A Pantene commercial that tells women to stop apologizing and “#ShineStrong” has gone viral. It contrasts scenes of women saying things like “Sorry, can I ask a stupid question?” with snippets of them behaving in an assertive way.
Pantene’s commercial makes a good point, but there are bigger problems holding women back — including the role that beauty products play in our culture.
The 113th Congress has just slinked out of town for a five-week summer recess, leaving behind its lowest public approval rating in 25 years, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll. A majority of voters surveyed -- 51 percent -- expressed disgust with their own legislators for their inability to do their job.
Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant’s researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that’s seven times faster than normal.
How does Wal-Mart use this data? To stock its shelves with more — or less — of a certain good based on consumer demand.
Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn’t get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP’s claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!
Having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense, House Speaker John Boehner tried to do a political back flip.
On July 23, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up with a fever. He immediately quarantined himself, and three days later a test confirmed his nightmare. He had the Ebola virus.
Brantly, 33, emailed a friend and said that he was "terrified," for he knew better than anyone the horror of the virus. He had been treating patients in West Africa with it for many weeks, watching as they vomited, hemorrhaged internally and sometimes bled from multiple orifices - then weakened and died.