Tuesday September 01, 2015
June 9th, 2015
Politicians talk a lot, and the more a politician talks, the greater the risk he or she will say something regrettable. If you run your mouth for 11 hours at a stretch, as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is wont to do, the chance of putting your foot in it goes up correspondingly.
I was in the audience a few rows in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron when he delivered his seminal 2013 speech pledging a referendum on Britain's membership in the European Union. At the time, I couldn't decide whether it was a political masterstroke that would finally quiet Britain's most strident euro-skeptics, or a suicidal concession to the anti-European elements in Cameron's Conservative Party.
After watching the fuss Republican presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee made about Beyonce Knowles early this year, it has been amusing to watch him try to wriggle and squirm his way out of the Duggar family's scandal.
In a sane world, the 2016 presidential election campaign would begin about this time next year. However, the political infotainment wing of our esteemed national news media seems intent upon pushing the contest ever earlier -- whether voters like it or not. TV ratings and enhanced career opportunities depend upon it.
Not every bad act is a crime. Not every bad act that can technically be categorized as a crime should be pursued by prosecutors. And not every bad act that clearly amounts to a crime should be pursued by prosecutors in the United States.
Rex Tillerson, of all people, just did the climate movement a big favor.
He didn’t hand the Sierra Club tens of millions of dollars to fight the coal industry like former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Nor did the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil follow former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer‘s lead by giving political candidates with climate cred campaign cash.
With both sides said to be drawing up final proposals, and a definitive debt crunch thought to be imminent, the months of brinkmanship over Greece may at last be drawing to a close. But who knows, really? You might think making this shambles any worse would challenge even these principals. I don't know. I think they're up to it.
Personal tragedy revisited Vice President Joe Biden and his family over the weekend with the death at only 46 of his older son, Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, leaving behind his wife and two children.
The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job? One must ask.
The World Cup does attract a large U.S. audience every four years, but largely because it's played when the basketball and hockey seasons are over. Soccer is the top sport on just about every continent except this one, north of the Rio Grande.
Executives arrested amid allegations of corruption and bribery; a chief executive who appears tone deaf to the damage being done to one of the world's most lucrative brands; and the looming threat that the biggest contributors to revenue will take their business elsewhere. If FIFA was a public company, its shareholders would be in revolt by now.