Wednesday January 28, 2015
Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40.
Two standing ovations. That's what Bill Cosby, in a "Hello Friend" sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his "Bill Cosby 77" tour at a Melbourne, Florida, theater.
Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t.
Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job. After all, they’re providing essential services for our society.
It's a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.
Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you're short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed.
After the many months - years? - of failure of Congress to act on immigration the President has taken matters into his own hands. And, oh what a ruckus that has raised. He cannot win no matter how, or what, he does. Never mind that it is a procedure long used by presidents, particularly as they near the end of their time at the helm. Not just Democratic presidents but also Republican ones have used the option for tying up loose ends.
How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?
Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything anybody collects from a paycheck, of course, should count.
Marion Barry was Chocolate City. During his four terms as mayor of the nation's capital, he presided over the District of Columbia like a flamboyant monarch. He was the face and swagger of African American empowerment and pride - and its beneficiaries nearly always forgave him for his failings.
Barry did not, however, die in Chocolate City.
With the Keystone XL pipeline stalled again, now perhaps we can look ahead and consider more promising ways to rebuild our energy system, creating many more jobs than that controversial project ever would. No matter where we look, the far larger issue that still confronts Americans is decaying infrastructure -- which emphatically includes the enormous web of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the continental United States in every direction.