Saturday February 13, 2016
October 14th, 2015
The U.S. shale oil industry is in retreat, but it will largely survive next year, and its production decline will not be catastrophic enough for oil prices to shoot up. Scarier things probably await U.S. frackers in 2017.
Donald Trump likes calling people "losers." So he should be aware that when he calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "insane," he enters political territory where winners don't go.
By one reckoning, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is in an enviable position. His party wants him to accept the job of House Speaker so badly that offers have been made to relieve him of the customary onerous task of fund-raising, if only he will agree.
Watching Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan address the anniversary of his Million Man March in Washington, I found myself thinking of Donald Trump.
I know I'm going to hear heated opposition from some folks for even mentioning the two newsmakers in the same sentence. But fame is a funny thing. The ferocious loyalty of their supporters is one of the distinctive qualities that both men share in common.
The mischievous columnist in me wants to ask: Why is Hillary Clinton trying to lose jobs and lower wages?
While the eagerness of so many of the GOP to protect women from themselves may not be the best subject for humor, sometimes it is just irresistable. So many of the proposals regarding women's health are so outrageous that humor is the only thing that saves us from pulling our hair out.
President Obama has been consistent on Syria. Even when I was in the administration, the president made clear that he did not want to get dragged into the conflict there. The legacy of Iraq weighed heavily on him. He was elected to get us out of Middle East wars, not into them. He was not going to get involved in "someone else's civil war."
Over the last two decades, through Bob Dole and George W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, it has become an article of faith that the Republican presidential nominee is a person blessed by, or acceptable to, the party’s establishment, meaning the elders, the bankers, the cool heads, the deep pockets.