Wednesday August 05, 2015
January 8th, 2015
When Hillary Clinton thinks about running for president, do you think she contemplates the fact that no Democrat has been elected to succeed another Democrat since James Buchanan in 1856?
Last year was an immense year for feminism.
In 2014, soaring inequality in advanced nations finally received the attention it deserved, as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" became a surprise (and deserving) best-seller. The usual suspects are still in well-paid denial, but, to everyone else, it is now obvious that income and wealth are more concentrated at the very top than they have been since the Gilded Age - and the trend shows no sign of letting up.
It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar, Jaroslav Pelikan.
"With all due respect." That's a fitting sentiment to express to Cuban-Americans angered by President Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Their emotions run deep, an indication of the decades of loss and hardship they and their parents experienced as exiles making a new life in a foreign land. To dismiss that pain would be cruel and unjust.
Despite a late-year appearance of hopeful economic indicators and an 11th-hour boost in his Gallup Poll approval, 2014 bowed out as a distinct disappointment for President Obama as he faces the last two lame-duck years in his presidency.
One may start the day at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the way in, you'll pass through the new David H. Koch Plaza -- the result of a $65 million gift from David H. Koch.
Happy New Year! Wishing you many good things in 2015. Or at least, a better year than the one that just ended. Which seems pretty likely, all things considered.
But before we shove off into the future, let's see what you remember about 2014. Since there are a lot of quizzes at this time of year, we are going to specialize here in politics and air travel.
Hey, did you hear the bells on Christmas day? Did you see three ships come sailing in on Christmas day in the morning? Did your true love give you five golden rings, like the song says? Let's go there and linger a moment, to the music that belongs to everyone. You can be a skeptic and still believe in Christmas carols.