Tuesday December 01, 2015
August 27th, 2015
Donald Trump's immigration proposal rests on three assumptions: that immigration hurts American workers; that illegal immigration, in particular, is linked to violent crime; and that illegal immigrants drain government resources. Each of these beliefs is belied by the available academic evidence.
Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.
I assumed he had zero charitable instincts. In office, he kept trying to kill safety net programs, such as food assistance: “We’re the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat,” Gramm smirked back in 1981.
Same as it ever was. Once again, according to pundits on the influential Washington, D.C. cocktail-party circuit, Hillary Clinton is in deep trouble. The National Bitch Hunt is definitely on.
Surely you didn't think we could have a woman presidential candidate without one?
Nearly 40 years ago, a fictional television anchor called Howard Beale captured a public mood of despair by telling his viewers to go to the nearest window, throw it open and shout: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Unlike most of the people who are sadly reminiscing about Julian Bond, I fondly recall how my last conversation with the iconic civil rights veteran occurred at a zombie movie.
With Donald Trump's help, Republicans are laying claim again to the mantle of family values. For those who've been concerned that the GOP's preference for deporting undocumented immigrants might separate parents from their U.S.-citizen children, Trump has devised a family-friendly solution: He'd deport the children, too, their citizenship be damned (more precisely, if Trump gets his way, revoked).
If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?
In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.
Is America’s political system controlled by a small financial elite? One former president thinks so.
Almost 40 years after he was elected, former President Jimmy Carter commented recently that our political system is now “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” He may be right.
Anna Quindlen relayed an eye-opening and hair-raising experience to her readers in 1990.
“A newspaper editor said to me not long ago, with no hint of self-consciousness, ‘I’d love to run your column, but we already run Ellen Goodman,’” the New York Times columnist wrote. “Not only was there a quota; there was a quota of one.”
On August 7, an experienced hiker was found dead and half eaten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The offending bear was later euthanized.
A week later, a black bear injured a man near Yosemite National Park. The man had left a bag of trash outside his house, and the bear was eating it. When the man went out at 4 a.m. and discovered the bear, it attacked.