Wednesday January 28, 2015
As the weather turns colder in this month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grow warmer and our thoughts turn to kindness and goodwill toward all.
Unless, of course, you’re Chris Christie.
If the great Rolling Stone campus rape hoax proved nothing else, it's that True Believers make lousy reporters. I've always found it useful to keep in mind what my brother and I call the state motto of our native New Jersey: "Oh yeah, who says?"
Reminiscing this week about the 1980 Iowa presidential caucuses, Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, recalled his "coal-black hair" and George H.W. Bush's stunning upset of Ronald Reagan.
Branstad, now 68, said he repeatedly warned Reagan's advisers about "how they were blowing it because the Bush family was going to every county." But they would not return his phone calls "and they got beat."
Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured al-Qaida suspects, two prominent American figures stoutly defended the practice -- former Vice President Dick Cheney and current CIA director John Brennan.
Peace on Earth, good will toward men. We honor these noble values every holiday season — and some people actually work to advance them all year long.
Other folks, by contrast, mock these values. They spend their days chasing after ever grander stashes of personal treasure.
At this point, we all know the true meaning of Christmas.
Is there any element of U.S. foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba?
When I hear hawks denouncing President Barack Obama for resolving to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease the embargo, I don't understand the logic. Is their argument that our policy didn't work for the first half-century but maybe will work after 100 years?
Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves.
This is, of course, excellent advice. Odds are, most of us — whether Catholic or not — would love to take it.
But how? Most products don’t come with tags specifying whether or not slave labor was used in their production.
Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government's role in helping struggling middle-income Americans -- and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.