Tuesday December 01, 2015
October 15th, 2015
In the fall of 1991, a Democratic presidential candidate I was covering as he campaigned across New Hampshire had a line in his speeches that surprised me. He commended to his listeners something called the "Swedish active labor market" - a program, established by Sweden's Social Democrats as part of their full-employment policy, that trained unemployed workers at the government's expense and linked them up with available jobs.
What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand?
When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they ignored the oath we’d all taken to protect and defend the Constitution.
Bernie Sanders is passionate. He has lofty ideals. He has a vision of a better, more communitarian America where plutocrats are constrained and average people are elevated. And if Democrats want to make progress on achieving Sanders's goals, they will nominate Hillary Clinton for president.
Political scientists Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein are longtime scholars of American politics in general and Congress in particular. They were among the first mainstream analysts, and arguably the most influential, to make the case that the "broken" condition of Washington is actually a manifestation of a single broken political party.
The sales push behind Washington’s latest “free-trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater.
What’s Kabuki? It’s a 17th-century form of Japanese drama, featuring elaborate sets and costuming, rhythmic dialogue, and stylized acting and dancing. That pretty much sums up the White House’s production of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Arguably the most useless and obnoxious piece of near universally installed software, Adobe Flash has received another kick that ought finally to send it to its grave. A cyber-espionage operation whose attack patterns suggest ties to the Russian government has been discovered using one of Flash's endlessly emerging vulnerabilities.
If you drink Mug Root Beer or the apple-flavored Manzanita Sol soda, you might unwittingly become one of the first people to try a brand new artificial sweetener. The new product is called Sweetmyx 617, and PepsiCo is blending it with high fructose corn syrup to reduce the calories in these sugary drinks.
But you won’t find that out by reading the label. This new chemical concoction won’t be listed.
So, Hillary Clinton. Skipping down the street. Sun is shining. A small and brightly colored bird is perching on her shoulder. Look — is that a rainbow?
I’m on my annual win-a-trip journey, in which I take a university student with me on a reporting trip. I’m traipsing through Indian villages with the winner, Austin Meyer of Stanford University, to tackle one of the world’s great whodunits: Why are hundreds of millions of children here stunted physically and mentally?