Thursday September 03, 2015
February 26th, 2015
Supermarket shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German wine when they hear German music. That's true even though only 14 percent of shoppers say they noticed the music, a study finds.
I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.
Last week began with the comedy extravaganza of the "Saturday Night Live" reunion, but not one of its sketches or jokes was half as funny as four words three days later by Jeb Bush.
"I'm my own man," he said.
And he kept a straight face somehow.
In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant -- and concerning -- is how Walker talks about the issue.
Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party's leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country.
They threw mom under the bus. Then they threw momma from the train. And finally, a federal judge threw her into jail.
Maureen McDonnell, the disgraced former first lady of Virginia, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, though she'll remain free while her lawyers pursue an appeal. But she told U.S. District Judge James Spencer, "I have no one to blame but myself."
Jeb Bush's highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. "Terrible food at that place," says one. "Yes," says the other, "and such small portions!"
Jeb Bush is asking us to do the impossible -- forget that he's the son of one president and the brother of another.
"I'm my own man," he protested at a much-heralded meet-the- Bush-you-don't-know speech on foreign affairs in Chicago on Wednesday.
The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."
Like most big cities in America, San Diego has its share of problems. It has issues with gangs, poverty and income inequality. It needs to do about $2 billion worth of infrastructure repairs. It has suffered through an epic drought.