Sometimes what courts do best is the same as what second-grade teachers do best: clean up sloppy sentences. You know what the student meant to say, but what they actually did say doesn't quite make sense.
Six words: If you can't afford health coverage, subsidies are available through "an exchange established by the state."
But what if the ...Read more
Does having a black president really give us a pass?
So there stood the three Republicans, leaders of the state, none of whom had the guts last week to stand up against the obvious symbol of hatred on the statehouse grounds.
Now, where I come from, you were always free to hate, but you were supposed to hate on private property, ...Read more
Actually, they don't. Whether you're a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, you make more if you're a man. More insulting still: Men in traditionally female professions, say nursing, make from around $4,000 to $17,000 more than similarly situated women in the same specialties. Let the men in, and they make more. That is not how it was ...Read more
There's nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn't matter. What do you do with such a person? Can you really force someone to sit down and read a voter's guide? And what...Read more
I wouldn't have believed it if someone had told me back in 1973, when I was decades away from having my first child, that I would still be fighting the abortion wars 40 years later. My children are adults and of course I'm long past having children, but we're still shouting and litigating about exactly the same issues.
If you'd told me there ...Read more
The Clinton campaign has launched its campaign in the courts, being waged by a veteran of such battles but on a far larger scale. What the Clintons are doing is challenging the new round of regulations on voter identification and proof enacted in a handful of states with a history of discriminatory voting practices. In the past, these laws ...Read more
If you're a student of public relations, you had to be impressed. The rollout of Bruce to Caitlyn has been handled with such mastery that you'd think we live in a country that long ago shed any deep hostility toward those who don't easily fit into boxes marked "male" or "female." From Diane Sawyer to Vanity Fair, it's been 5-star but tasteful,...Read more
Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning? Yes. How can they possibly think this, you ask (unless you are one of their ardent supporters)? I mean, a first-term senator, a former printing executive, whatever, who, frankly, no one has ever heard of is going to get elected ...Read more
Charlie's TripsJack Felson
A futuristic and absurd version of The Wizard of OZ: a freak tornado snatches up a Midwesterner teenage soldier, who's hurled into space-time and ends up 21 years later, on the West Coast. He's found on a beach, alive but unconscious. As he emerges from a 3-day coma, he...
It's "June gloom" in Southern California, that period well known to locals when the sunshine you expect doesn't show until the end of the day, if at all. This year, the gloom couldn't wait until June, and so it came in May.
That may also be true for the country.
Back in the 1970s, when inflation and interest rates were hovering near double ...Read more
I have watched the paid chatterers shaking their bobbed heads or frowning their well-practiced frown or just grimacing in frustration as they lament the seeming foolishness of the "American people" in not responding with greater shock and awe to the growing revelation that Hillary Clinton used her private email system to forward non-classified...Read more
It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days. I read through the clips of the various famous speakers, and many are quite wonderful, humble and inspirational, such as Madeleine Albright at Tufts, or downright hysterical, which you'd expect from Stephen Colbert. If there's a common theme, or a common message, it's the familiar ...Read more
How come everyone I know is depressed?
I mean the job numbers. And I don't mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don't hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious.
The world is a mess, and so are most ...Read more
That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team's stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.
Now, surely part of it is the simple truth that most of us should spend ...Read more
I remember years ago asking then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt why we Democrats persisted in the losing game of trying to raise as much "soft money" as the Republicans. Gephardt, the son of a milkman, the spokesman for working people (and for unions, who for a brief time thought they could beat business at the money game), shook his head ...Read more
They did. And then, in a moment, it all changed.
The First Couple becomes the First Widow. I have to read the story twice to understand.
Forty-seven-year-old billionaires aren't supposed to fall off treadmills and die. He was on vacation with his wife and kids, with the family he loved. He was beloved by women everywhere because of the ...Read more
What is a major league baseball game without any fans there to cheer? No one selling hot dogs, no one hawking programs, no need for any ushers. Welcome to Baltimore, where the first two games of a three-game series were postponed and the third is to be played with no people, lest what should be a sporting event degenerate into a race riot.
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
Has a fever come over Washington? It seems like every time I turned around this week, Congress -- or at least some subset of it -- was actually doing something. Was it just yesterday that they were agreeing to let the president try to negotiate within the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran? And then, barely hours later, the Senate ...Read more
Will she? She will.
Would she? She would.
It was inevitable.
Now where is that tingling feeling?
I remember when Fritz Mondale announced that he had chosen Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. Mind you, I knew -- I'd already switched her hotel rooms around. But I still got that tingling feeling gathered in front of a television...Read more
The real trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin now that the jury has returned its guilty verdicts. Tsarnaev, convicted for staging the bombings at the Boston Marathon, didn't really put on a defense. His lawyers conceded that he was involved (I would say planting the bag against a tree surrounded by children counts as involved), although they ...Read more