Saturday December 20, 2014
On the subject of the Obama girls' supposedly disrespectful behavior at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning: not even close to unpardonable. As my teenaged daughters would say to the Republican congressional staffer who took to Facebook to take off after Sasha and Malia: Hello? Have you, like, ever even met a teenager?
President Obama issued a veto threat last week against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for the middle class and nothing for low-income Americans. The president's move was singularly useful. It should be a sign of things to come.
Two obstacles stand in the way of getting Reginald Latson, autistic and with an IQ of 69, out of the solitary confinement in which he's been held for most of the last year and into the treatment facility that he needs.
The first is Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who says he is an involuntary obstacle, sympathetic to Latson's plight but with hands tied, at least for now, because of a pending assault charge against Latson.
Rising frustration with Washington and conservative electoral victories across much of the U.S. are feeding a movement in favor of something America hasn't done in 227 years: Hold a convention to rewrite the Constitution.
President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
When my fellow critics of Ferguson, Missouri police are reduced to arguing not whether but how hard Michael Brown hit police officer Darren Wilson, I think it is time to rethink what this scandal is all about or, more pointedly, what it should be about.
We Americans are a nation divided.
We feud about the fires in Ferguson, Missouri, and we can agree only that racial divisions remain raw. So let's borrow a page from South Africa and impanel a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine race in America.
It's that time of year. Not Christmas (it's been Christmas since mid-August). Not Thanksgiving. It's College Application season.
When ushered into the master bedroom of the Mormon patriarch Brigham Young at his winter home in St. George, Utah, a few years ago, I felt duty-bound to ask an obvious question: Where did the other women sleep?
I attended Wells Fargo Securities' "2nd Annual E-Cig Conference" last week, and if I had to describe the mood of the speakers it would be a cross between cautious optimism and deep frustration.