Thursday December 19, 2013
August 15th, 2013
Let's talk about Gov. Chris Christie. Everybody is; he's the politician of the hour. At the
top of the latest poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. (Just 2 1/2 years to go until the Iowa caucuses!)
If he winds up running, it could be a fantastic test of my theory that women won't vote for men who yell.
At last, both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to respond aggressively to economic needs. “It has been a tough time,” admits one Washington insider, applauding a new spending proposal that “could help out.”
Unfortunately, he and Congress aren’t referring to your tough times. No, no — they’re rushing to the aid of the multi-billion-dollar Military-Industrial Complex.
Don Graham's decision to sell The Washington Post was his reverse Sophie's Choice moment.
She had to decide which cherished child to save and which to send to the gas chamber. Don and the Graham family weren't forced to make an anguishing choice but did so anyway. They relinquished the newspaper they love in order to protect it.
If the comparison sounds hyperbolic, you don't know the Grahams.
What’s the hottest trend among men who have it all?
Buying islands and Picassos is out. Buying newspapers is in. We’re not talking about subscriptions here. All self-respecting billionaires should own at least one newspaper, preferably a big one.
Fat lot of good it's done Barack Obama to pose as The Great Compromiser. The more "Grand Bargains" he's proposed, the further Republicans have fled in the opposite direction. Is it really possible that Obama mistook the U.S. government for the Harvard Law Review, where his reputation as a fair-minded mediator earned him universal respect?
The leaders of al-Qaida in Pakistan and Yemen now know that it was the conversation last week between Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's successor in Pakistan, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Yemen-based head of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, in which the former instructed the latter to attack American targets on Sunday, that led the United States last week to take the unprecedented steps of closing embassies and missions in the Middle East and North Africa and declaring a global terrorist alert for travelers.
On immigration, the Republican Party is trapped in two trains of thought, each speeding along the wrong track. At the tea party end, there's absolute resistance to normalizing the status of illegal immigrants. On the cheap-labor side, there's this big push to admit as many unskilled immigrants as possible.
Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea.
It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to show them just how wonderful fracking is.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that we live in an age of incivility, with coarseness enabled by the Internet's immediacy and anonymity.
Still, one needn't have the delicate sensibility or decorous manners of a Jane Austen character to be shocked by the violent response in the Twitterverse to, of all things, the Bank of England's plan to put Austen's likeness on the 10 pound note.
America was once the land of Lady Liberty, beckoning the world: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"