Thursday January 29, 2015
July 13th, 2014
Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills.
The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to legal residence once they reach U.S. soil. Over time, this evolved into the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, whereby the U.S. government could exclude a Cuban rafter caught in the surf off Key West - but not after he had touched the beach.
This is not my first time in Gaza, but it is my first time here during a military operation. It is disorienting. The distances are so close.
Don't you see what they're doing?
The shopping binges, the bizarro legislation and now the alleged sex and sexting with a teen? It makes perfect sense when you contemplate what must be the real reason Virginia legislators are acting like wackos. They're trying to help the commonwealth by making it home to a top-rated reality show.
Parents of military veterans who took their own lives after surviving combat told a congressional panel on Thursday how not to prevent suicide:
* Turn away a veteran of some 400 combat missions in Iraq because he's no longer active in the National Guard.
* Then turn him away because he was previously in the Guard and refer him to a military facility where he's promptly referred back to the VA.
Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read aloud by a committee chairman on a tear.
President Obama's comment that "I'm not interested in photo ops" about the border crisis during last week's visit to Texas was akin to your neighborhood pup not being interested in chasing squirrels.
Particularly in today's social-media madness of "selfies" and endless Internet traffic of other self-aggrandizing photo opportunities, cameras are catnip to politicians at all levels, and certainly the presidential.
After 80 years, the city of Cleveland, much maligned in lore as "the mistake on the lake," has been selected to host a national political convention in 2016. Famous Ohioans President William McKinley and Mark Hanna, the Karl Rove of his day, might well be turning in their graves.
Sarah Palin has joined a rising drumbeat of Republicans who call for President Barack Obama's impeachment. Democrats can barely conceal their glee.
It's hard to think of anything that would give a bigger boost to the Democrats' currently gloomy prospects in November's mid-term elections.
We all mourn the death of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a great senator and statesman. And, no doubt, before his passing, Howard Baker mourned the death of the Republican Party he once knew and led so well. It ain't the same party anymore.