Wednesday September 02, 2015
June 25th, 2015
The sloping red line offers a sobering prognosis for American democracy. Contained in a new report on improving the presidential debate process, it charts the precipitous decline of viewership: from above 60 percent of the voting age population in 1960, when the first televised debates were held, to under 30 percent in 2012.
Witnesses say that the white gunman who killed nine people at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people.
There's nothing in the Constitution that says a candidate for president must be a seasoned politician. But Donald Trump? Don't be ridiculous.
In a year when a dozen or more Republicans are running for the nomination or contemplating it, the braggadocious real estate tycoon and television reality buffoon has made a mockery of the old axiom that every mother's son (and daughter, for that matter) can become president.
It's hard being Elizabeth Warren.
Especially when you're not Elizabeth Warren.
Hillary Clinton had an awkward collision last week juggling her past role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, her current role as Democratic front-runner and her coveted future role as president.
Remember the AIDS crisis? If you lived in a big American city during its spread, you were witness to constant sorrow and countless examples of gay people treated as second-class citizens.
One was almost certainly this: the steadfast, heartbroken man being shut out of his beloved's final weeks - not allowed in the hospital room, not welcomed at the grave - because some family members disapproved and no law trumped their bigotry.
The eight children in the Shanta family lived in a village of grass huts and had never turned on an electric light or worn a watch, never ridden a car or even a bicycle, never spoken on the telephone.
The problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and, indeed, the way we conceptualize trade deals, is that they produce 20th-century accords that fail to fit the realities of the 21st.
If you don’t mind working hard—and partying even harder—why not get a business degree, take a couple of state and federal tests, and become a Wall Street trader?
As the senior President George Bush at 91 reflects on his political career, he way well smile at the circumstances that in time led to the current prospect of the nation's first three-president dynasty.
The narrative began with his failed 1980 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, after which he finally agreed to be Ronald Reagan's running mate and eventually his successor in the Oval Office.
Joe Briseno wasn't there for a lot of the early moments of his three kids' lives.
That's not unusual for Army dads like him who were deployed to foreign countries when diapers needed changing.