Tuesday December 01, 2015
June 25th, 2015
President Barack Obama, elected and reelected with significant majorities of the popular vote, believes that the American people would benefit if he gets authority from Congress to negotiate international trade agreements and then submit them to both houses for approval on an expedited basis.
One typically thinks of Etsy, the $1.8-billion marketplace for crafters and creators, as a hub of twee stationary and terrariums, of hand-painted pottery and felted ornaments and hand-lettered chalkboard art.
In early May, a group of about 20 Twitter employees gathered at the company's New York offices to swap stories about becoming new parents. They shared strategies for prepping to go out on leave for nearly three months. They lamented their loss of sleep. They traded ideas for limiting e-mail intrusions after the baby arrives and cutting back on travel once they head back to work. (Pro tip: Take the red-eye flight to be home for bedtime.)
McDonald’s is floundering.
There’s no other way to say it. The global fast food chain has experienced declining U.S. sales for well over a year now. But why?
I’d love to gloat that Americans have finally caught on that the Golden Arches peddles terrible food, but that might not be the case.
"He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace."
Rachel Dolezal, a woman with no known black heritage, has apparently, through an elaborate scheme of deception and denial, claimed for years to be a product of black heritage.
This has sparked a national conversation about how race is constructed and enforced, to what extent it is cultural and experiential, and whether it is mutable and adoptable.
And so begins "Dynasty: Politics Edition," as the establishment candidates of 2016 reset their campaigns: Hillary Clinton did so on Saturday, with a tribute to her mom on New York's Roosevelt Island, and Jeb Bush showed off his makeover at Miami Dade College on Monday.
After a quarter-century of buzz over global warming, the climate talkers are at it again, doing whatever it is they do. Visitors to the next big climate change summit, in an act of glorious irony, will pack Paris-bound jets flown by Air France — one of the meeting’s big corporate sponsors with deep ties to fossil fuels.
One of the biggest questions of the day is: Why do the rich keep getting richer and the middle class keep getting poorer?
This also ranks as the dumbest question of the day, week, month, or year. To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s obvious why economic inequality in our land is growing:
That’s what we asked for.
An exclamation point is a handy thing. Its very presence demands attention and, if properly deployed, can convey excitement, surprise, wonderment, even outrage.