Wednesday October 07, 2015
March 5th, 2015
Great news! Congress has voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a week.
Does that make you feel better, people? The department was due to run out of money Friday night, and the new congressional Republican majority threw itself at the challenge. And after the seventh day, they rested.
Sometimes it's hard to choose your poison, especially when all the options are horrible. That's what it's like when the District of Columbia decides to take on Congress over an issue of self- government.
In 2008, The New York Times' great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titled "The Big Squeeze." The squeeze in question, of course, was the increasing economic pressure on America's middle and working classes.
This is not the Bill O'Reilly scandal we were looking for.
Attacking O'Reilly for being insufficiently attached to facts is like attacking the WWE for fixing fights. That's not really the point.
With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
Money is often called the first primary, because there's nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports. There are no caucuses; there are no conventions; there is no voting. Real people don't get involved in the process until well after a nominee has been chosen. The only real way to have influence in politics is to have money, or maybe to live in Iowa.
President Obama is clearly right -- and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong -- about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran's place in the world is much more complicated.
"House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey as machinating politician Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his Lady Macbeth, Claire, returned for its third season on Netflix early Friday morning. As always, the series looks gorgeous, and Spacey can chomp scenery with the best of them.
A report released this week by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA suggests that, by sheer numbers, Hollywood is doing somewhat better on race than in the 1930s. But the most sobering part of the report might be its conclusion.