Saturday February 28, 2015
Haven't heard much about Obamacare lately? There's a good reason for that. Because most of the news about Obamacare is good news, and Republicans don't want to talk about good news. Neither do the media.
In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there:
Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six City Council members and nearly the entire police force are white.
The world's wrath and revulsion seem to be focused on Bill Cosby these days, as he goes in the public mind from "America's Dad" to an unofficial serial rape suspect.
Here in the United States of America, we're not supposed to have political show trials. People should be put at risk of felony conviction only if evidence clearly supports a criminal indictment -- not to solve political problems, provide weeks of suspenseful cable TV news programming, or to pacify mobs.
After a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown, President Barack Obama stepped up to perform his unofficial yet widely presumed role: racial explainer-in-chief.
It is not a new role, but as he shared a split-screen on TV news channels with live scenes of burning cars, riot police and angry protesters, seldom have the stakes seemed so high.
The shameful mockery of judicial process that has transpired in Ferguson, Missouri, is widely viewed as a matter of racial politics. Of course, in one sense, that's right: Race underlies enormous and well-documented inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. But in another way, it's a pity, because this system now borders on the tyrannical, and ought to scare all Americans, regardless of skin color.
This year, in a break from tradition, I am giving thanks for the House Intelligence Committee's final report on Benghazi.
Also family and friends. But I give thanks for them every year. This is our first opportunity to be grateful for the House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi report. So let's jump at it.
The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he turned out to be the wrong man for the job.
The grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome -- except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence.
A beloved organic farm in San Diego recently canceled a gourmet dinner it had planned to host. Guests had already paid $150 for a local, organic five-course meal prepared by several top chefs from the region.
The dinner was called Death for Food.
Whose death for whose food?