Thursday November 26, 2015
October 16th, 2015
Before all the craziness -- before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates -- Republicans' biggest fear about next year's election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.
More than any of the five Democrats who debated on CNN for two and a half hours Tuesday night, the clear winners were their party and the American voters.
The civility and general substance of the first nationally televised competition for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination trumpeted the adult character of their party, compared to the kiddie carnival put on by their Republican counterparts in their first two debates.
I missed the Democratic debate Tuesday evening, occupied as I was with listening to classic rock from the 1970s. What would have interested me in that debate was the discussion of the proper role of regulation in modern capitalism.
Virginia for the Win is a series examining Virginia's crucial role in the 2016 presidential race.
Did Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) throw a rock at social media, but instead wind-up hitting Social Security, a historically fatal campaign mistake?
If you want to get economics pundits excited, bring up the issue of tipping. Most of my fellow pundits despise tipping, the way they despise the electoral college and the penny. Well, the pundits are sure to be rejoicing: Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, which runs more than a dozen restaurant chains, just said it will eliminate tipping at all of its establishments.
If you watched the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, you probably heard the closing comment by my father, Jim Webb. Without hesitation he answered that the enemy he was 'most proud of' was the Vietnamese soldier who wounded him with a hand grenade. He then added that ". . .he isn't around anymore."
You could sum up the first Democratic debate in two sentences: Bernie Sanders had a good night. Hillary Clinton had a great night.
The decision of New York restaurant owner Danny Meyer to eliminate tipping in his establishments goes against the American tradition; but, if it's more universally accepted in the U.S., it might give consumers something to cheer about.
Because they can be launched without warning and come in both nuclear and conventional variants, cruise missiles are a uniquely destabilizing type of weapon. President Obama can lead the world to a stabler and safer future by canceling plans for a new U.S. nuclear-capable cruise missile. Moreover, taking such a step - which would not diminish the formidable U.S. nuclear deterrent in the least - could lay the foundation for a global ban on these dangerous weapons.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, conservative commentators have largely resisted the familiar impulse to suggest that more guns are the solution to gun violence. Instead, writers such as The Post's Charles Krauthammer have shifted to an even starker prescription for the endless procession of mass shootings in the United States: Do nothing.