Thursday December 12, 2013
September 5th, 2013
One of the first cases the Supreme Court will consider in its next session is whether to allow millions, perhaps billions, more dollars into the U.S. political system.
That may seem like a joke considering that more than $6 billion was pumped into last year's elections. A flood of special-interest money, courtesy of rulings by Chief Justice John Roberts's court, led to a campaign that many found depressing.
Privacy in 2013 does not exist as we knew it in 2000.
One could imagine Louie Gohmert getting away with this back when medicine shows toured by wagon wheel and information traveled at the speed of horses' hooves.
Surely, however, not now when information travels at the speed of — the Internet, for gosh sakes.
Christopher Lane's parents wore dark sunglasses throughout the news conference they held to address the "senseless" death of their son: their noses were red, their sobs uncontrolled, their grief raw.
In May 2011, when the promise of the Arab Spring was still fresh and exhilarating, President Barack Obama went to the State Department to proclaim an important reorientation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. For decades America had defined its interests in utilitarian terms: regional stability, countering terrorism and nuclear proliferation (and, in the Cold War years, Soviet influence), defending Israel's security, assuring the free flow of oil and other commerce. That often meant alliances of convenience with brutal authoritarians.
A little infidelity, a little cheating, is OK in a marriage -- or even protective of it -- if the sneaking is just about money. Note the emphasis on "little."
Take handbags. Some time back, The Wall Street Journal reported on a woman who kept a secret stash of cash so she could buy very expensive handbags without disclosing the prices to her husband.
"He just wouldn't understand," was her explanation. And he probably wouldn't have.
Recent political reporting suggests that Republican leaders are in a state of high anxiety, trapped between an angry base that still views Obamacare as the moral equivalent of slavery and the reality that health reform is the law of the land and is going to happen.
You'd be hard pressed to find a political consultant who couldn't perform a convincing swoon for the candidate he or she is promoting. But when Josh Isay talks about Christine Quinn and the chance of her becoming the next mayor of New York, you see something else, something more. His eyes actually mist.
"We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win."
Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party's future. At the risk of sounding like one of those "professors" the New Jersey governor regularly condemns, I'd argue that these 15 words, spoken to a Republican National Committee meeting in Boston last week, raise more questions than they answer. Here are a few.
Did it really take the American Medical Association to tell us this? The AMA has pronounced childhood obesity a disease — also, that boiling water scalds and wood splinters.
On a “self-evident” scale of 10, this is an 11.
Just as clear in the 21st century, and backed by statistics is the fact that poverty is obesity’s handmaiden.Central culprit are cheap fast food and snacks that supplant healthier fare.