Wednesday August 05, 2015
March 12th, 2015
It is winter in Gaza, in every wretched sense of the word. Six months after the latest war, the world has moved on, but tens of thousands remain homeless - sometimes crammed into the rubble of bombed-out buildings. Children are dying of the cold, according to the United Nations.
The New York Times revealed this past week that Hillary Clinton did not have a government e-mail address during her entire time as secretary of state. Instead, she sent her messages from an account with the domain clintonemail.com. That this is not the most transparent thing that has ever happened is like saying that Captain Ahab was not the world's biggest fan of whales. It is something of an understatement.
The announced closing of Sweet Briar College is a sign of how far we've come, how antiquated the idea of a women's school is and how close we are to absolute parity and equality for women.
It's over girls; job is done?
Not even close.
Somewhere in Smithsonian storage sits a portrait of Bill Clinton with two odd features: He is standing next to a shadow meant to conjure Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, and he is not wearing his gold wedding ring.
As we have been reminded by a recent wild cascade of stories, everything about the Clintons is convoluted. Nothing is simple, even a celebratory portrait.
He was almost lost in the whirl of lawmakers, pundits, plutocrats and other boldface names who showed up for Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week. But the presence of Pat Boone was a key to understanding why John Boehner was playing a smart game of party politics to stand so solidly with the Israeli prime minister.
What is happening to us in this nation? We have a legislative body attempting to undermine the President and a court that leaves us on pins and needles as to the thinking of the Justices (using the term lightly). Making matters worse are the President's own party members pulling the rug from under him.
The worst moment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, at least for me, came when he used Elie Wiesel, a great moral hero, as a Hollywood-style prop. Presidents giving State of the Union addresses have the right to tug at our heartstrings by saluting honored guests in the gallery. Foreign leaders taking advantage of partisan invitations do not.
Campaign 2016 Update: Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account.
I thought it was a joke. This is the best the Republicans can do? Their moment in the sunshine, the focus on America's problems, local Republicans riven by fear that they could end up with Mitt Romney... But how could they resist?
In 1986, Congress passed, and Ronald Reagan signed into law, the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. It directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban certain types of ammunition that could pierce the body armor worn by police officers. The National Rifle Association had originally opposed the legislation - which, in fact, was one of a series of events that caused a split between the NRA and most police associations - but the logic behind it was irrefutable.
That was quite a performance Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives, courtesy of Speaker John Boehner in his continuing campaign to impede and discredit the presidency of Barack Obama.