Wednesday November 25, 2015
September 17th, 2015
CNN does less news and more retrospectives these days. Hence, one would have been excused to assume it was showing another century in China the other day.
Missiles nose to tail, soldiers goose-stepping, China was parading every ounce and centimeter of its military might. And for what?
Oh, Europe, the Mediterranean, cradle of civilization, is a watery grave. At the side of an Austrian highway, 71 nameless refugees perish, asphyxiated in a modern-day boxcar. Czech authorities, armed with indelible markers but bereft of a sense of history, inscribe identification numbers on the skin of 200 migrants. Others are duped by Hungarian police with promises of “freedom” and find themselves in a “reception” camp (where presumably they are offered a shower).
Mark Meadows wears his gray hair neatly trimmed and parted. He has been happily married to one woman for 36 years. And "humble" does not begin to describe the two-term Republican congressman's aw-shucks, nonconfrontational manner.
Donald Trump, in other words, he is not.
This may be the most surprising of President Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.
Many conservatives and most libertarians argue that every new law or regulation means that government is adding to the sum total of oppression and reducing the freedom of individuals.
This way of looking at things greatly simplifies the political debate. Domestic issues are boiled down to the question of whether someone is "pro-government" or "anti-government."
It’s just hitting bookstores, but Dale Russakoff’s new book, “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?,” has already become a source of enormous contention, both in Newark, where the story takes place, and among education advocates of various stripes.
For those who still cannot comprehend climate warming I invite you to look at California's great central valley that provides much of the nation's and the world's food. Yes, there have always been droughts but never, ever so devastating as the current one. Granted, the weather does fluctuate but never in recorded history have the signs of continuing temperature rising been as consistent in so many ways of disruption.
I’m a glutton, always will be, so you’ll have to forgive me for beginning with food — and for tasting hope, or something like it, in a peanut butter cookie.
I bought the cookie at Sister Pie, a bakeshop that opened earlier this year in a resurgent neighborhood here. Sister Pie is unusual, and not just because it makes scones with cauliflower and puts rosemary in its shortbread.
On the surface, this Labor Day holiday capped another dark year for U.S. unions and many working-class Americans.
Union membership in the private sector is 6.6 percent; it was 16.8 percent 30 years ago. Union members accounted for 35.7 percent of public sector workers, down slightly from a decade earlier.
After Donald Trump proposed building a high wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, not to be out-trumped, basically said, I see your wall and raise you one, stating that it was “legitimate” to consider building a wall along the 5,525-mile U.S.-Canada border as well.
Well, I see both your walls — and raise you a dome.