Thursday September 03, 2015
August 27th, 2015
The rise of Donald Trump has many of his GOP rivals asking: How can we steal away the source of his apparent appeal to GOP primary voters? This week, we're getting one answer to that question from Scott Walker, who seems to have decided that Trump's surge is rooted partly in those voters' frustration with the failure of GOP leaders to stop Obama.
This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect -- for us and for the truth.
"Mom? What was that lady doing with her hands?" came the 8-year-old voice from the back seat of the van as I did some reporting in Baltimore.
"She was doing drugs, Sweet Pea," I replied. "Are you buckled in?"
A ripple of controversy in the world of philanthrocapitalism recently caught my attention. Anand Giridharadas gave a talk at the Aspen Institute in which, in the friendliest possible way, he called on the capitalist plutocrats who pay for such gatherings to reflect on their sins and stop imagining that writing checks to support good causes is sufficient penance.
A smokeless tobacco product called snus, which a user puts between his gums and his upper lip, has a long history in Sweden. At the start of the last century, it was the most common way Swedes ingested nicotine. By the early 1950s, however, sales of snus had been overtaken by cigarettes, a trend that continued for two decades.
If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.
Thousands may flock to his rallies outside Washington, but when Sen. Bernie Sanders rides the subway through the Capitol, he's usually alone.
From time to time I am reminded of all that Europe lost. It can happen in the most unlikely places, like in San Diego for example.
I was sitting the other day with a friend named Bonnie Richins. She told me that, as children, she and her sister were not allowed to wear striped clothes. They reminded her father, Kurt Lorig, of the pajama-like attire the Nazis forced him to wear in Auschwitz.
Thanks to the ham-handedness of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame, the inane “deflategate” scandal, which has been the dominant NFL headline this off-season, was pushed to the sidelines this weekend and replaced by a genuinely important issue facing the country’s dominant sports league and its players. That issue is the serious cognitive impairment that appears to affect so many former professional football players.
Last week President Obama defended the Iran agreement in part by dismissing its critics as people who supported the war in Iraq 13 years ago - "the same people who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong," he said.