Saturday January 31, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
Andrew Gutierrez steeled himself for Christmas as soon as the stores started blaring carols in November.
Those holiday songs, the piney smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees, the gingerbread giddiness of other kids making lists of stuff they covet - they're always hard for Andrew to take. The 17-year-old wants one gift more than any other: "I want my dad back. I just want my dad."
Good thing I don't live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Because the cops, apparently, would be at my door.
They showed up at the Silver Spring home of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv last month, followed by Child Protective Services (CPS) workers. And CPS was back again this week. And at their kids' school.
Greg Rickford, Canada's minister of natural resources, was in the United States most of this past week, on a trip that didn't get much attention in the media with so much bigger news swirling about. So let me fill you in.
The man who has been governor of Texas since pterodactyls roamed the plains took his leave at the state Capitol this week. He is not saying anything for sure about running for president. Mum's the word until springtime. However, he recently told a reporter that if voters want to break from the Obama era, "I am a very clear and compelling individual to support."
I'm not sure how Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will fare - mark me down as skeptical - but the rationale invoked by some of his allies that the third time is the charm, channeling Ronald Reagan, is a non-starter.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society's great shame, it has also proved timeless.
If Jeb Bush's early disclosure that he's clearing the decks for a 2016 presidential bid was meant to scare off all Republican opposition, it appears to have backfired on him.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser was right to speak out on the terrorist attacks in Paris. Washington and Paris have been sister cities since 2000. Those heinous acts against freedom of speech, Bowser noted, only strengthen the bond between the two capitals.
In this the year of 2015 who would have thought women would still be struggling for equality? Who would have thought that so many men would still think it was their right their duty, to control women? After all, this summer will mark 95 years since women got the vote.
Days after the 2012 presidential election, in which less than one third of both Hispanic and Asian voters supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner told ABC News that "a comprehensive approach" to immigration reform was "long overdue" and that he was "confident" a solution could be reached.