Saturday January 31, 2015
October 30th, 2014
As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I’m wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year.
No, I’m not talking about Ebola-related costumes.
There are real precautions we must take, but at this point the Ebola hysteria is overblown.
A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was "a man's man," to which my wife replied, "he's also quite a woman's man."
Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died Tuesday night at age 93.
One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours.
We’d run out of candy when a stream of teens showed up at our underwhelmingly spooky doorstep, shaking badly decorated pillow cases and looking disappointed.
Alaska is known for having the economy of a petrostate, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling. Oh, and Sarah Palin.
As the final two weeks of the midterm congressional campaign unwind, President Obama is searching for the political magic that put him in the Oval Office six years ago but that seems to have slipped away.
Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.
Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky's decision to re-emerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyber-bullying, is awkward.
An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.
By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections -- approximately 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it.
However, like the "countdown" to major sporting events, it's also a cable TV ratings booster. With politicians and pundits eager to score TV face time, it's also cheap and easy to produce.
The death at 93 of the Washington Post's incomparable editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is both a journalistic and personal loss to all of us who had the opportunity to work for and under his driving and joyous leadership of one of America's truly great newspapers.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.