"Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."
As best I can recall -- my computer ate the email -- that was how the key line went in a reader missive that had me doing a double take last week. It was not the outlandish assertion that struck me but, rather, the emphatic claim of its veracity. We're talking Shift-Lock and all-caps so there ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn't wrong.
Obama told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations.
Warren is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an abomination ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind.
From Franklin -- actually, from Franklin's alter ego, Poor Richard -- comes the saying, "He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas." In foreign policy, ...Read more
Tom Shields, my big brother, lived a long and good life. When he died earlier this month, he was widely -- and deservedly -- praised for generously giving millions to fund struggling inner-city Catholic schools and scholarships for hundreds of kids who hadn't been so lucky in life's lottery as he, our wonderful sister, Ann, and I were to be ...Read more
Everyone, it seems, has a proposed solution to Europe's tragic "boat people" crisis. Some are breathtakingly bad.
Making a grab for top honors is controversial conservative columnist Katie Hopkins of Britain's The Sun, who proposed greeting migrants, whom she compared to "cockroaches," with gunships.
Mother Teresa she is not. The timing of her...Read more
When she takes the oath of office as attorney general, after coming close to breaking records on how long it took to give her the courtesy of a vote, Loretta Lynch will become the first African-American woman to serve in that position.
And while it's easy to forget, to take such "firsts" as simply belated, which this one is, it is also ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The discussion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas -- or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to change the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact -- and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise -- until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.
Only then does "collateral damage" become big news and an occasion for public sorrow. President Obama ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or mythmaking, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and a haze of pot smoke. But as the counterculture has consumed the culture -- with hipsterism marketed at Urban Outfitters, pre-, non- and extra-marital sex a firmly established social ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 -- and he hasn't entirely changed jobs.
In a rare Tuesday-night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture....Read more
WASHINGTON -- In all of rock 'n' roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. "I hope I die before I get old," they declared in "My Generation." I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps ...Read more
People love a good rant.
The one issued by an Atlanta judge this week has certainly made the rounds. Judge Jerry Baxter was all over CNN as he angrily sentenced teachers and administrators convicted in a widespread cheating scandal. He ordered some of the guilty educators to jail for seven years, a ...Read more
What if you happened to record video on your smartphone of a police officer as he shot an unarmed suspect in the back? What would you do with it?
That disturbing question faced Feidin Santana, the Dominican immigrant said on NBC's "Today Show," after he recorded police officer Michael Slager's fatal shooting of unarmed Walter Scott after a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How should we think about whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty?
Perhaps you oppose the death penalty in all cases, on the grounds that state-sanctioned homicide is wrong, that it diminishes the moral authority of the state and its citizens. As Pope John Paul II said in 1999, expressing the ...Read more
These days it's not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she's not needed right then.
Although she's already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for child care, the work is no longer available and she won't be paid for it.
Just-in-time scheduling like this is the latest...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.
They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.
The logic is about as obvious ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn't been seen around here in some time.
No one has raised the slightest question about Lynch's qualifications. No one disputes that she has been a tough, effective U.S. attorney and a strong manager. No one ...Read more
In the category of "no good deed goes unpunished," we now have the speech of FBI Director James Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He said some remarkable things. The first is that he requires all his agents and analysts to visit the museum so that they can acquaint themselves with evil. The second is that he personally is so "haunted"...Read more
I've noticed something recently. One of the things I get paid to do is notice things.
I grew up in a time and place where any adult male could call any female "honey" or "sweetheart" or "darling.'" The woman who served you breakfast, your insurance agent, the woman who sold you cigarettes, bank tellers. The women frequently "honey-ed" you ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former President George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb's dad in 1988.
It would help a great deal, of course, if events also flowed her way, as they did for Bush 41. In 1988, gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent. There's nothing like rapid ...Read more