Some people can’t take yes for an answer. Take America’s Catholic bishops.
For only the second time in our history, a Catholic has been elected president of the United States. But Joe Biden’s not just a Catholic in name only, like John F. Kennedy. Biden’s a practicing Catholic. He faithfully attends mass every Sunday (or Saturday ...Read more
Dear Sen. Manchin: I don’t know you, senator. We’ve never met in person. But, ever since you arrived in the Senate, I’ve admired your streak of independence, your willingness to reach out across the aisle, and your dedication to the people of West Virginia. Yes, I’ve admired you a great deal … until now.
But any respect I once had for...Read more
We all remember that fateful day, September 11, 2001, and the moment when President George W. Bush got the news. While Bush was reading to a group of second-graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card walked in and whispered into the president’s ear: “America is under attack.”
For a president of the United States, Joe Biden did something highly unusual this week: something I’d bet you never even heard of — till now. On Tuesday evening, around 6 p.m., he skipped out of the White House, hopped on Marine One, helicoptered up to his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, for what the White House only described as a “...Read more
One of the great pleasures of politics is being able to change your mind. No matter what the issue. You watch, you listen, you learn, you grow, you realize you were simply wrong about something, even something you once felt strongly about, and you change your mind.
Well, I’ve been watching and listening a lot lately, and I’ve changed my ...Read more
Visiting Cape Town in 1966, Robert Kennedy said: “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not we live in interesting times.” By which, Kennedy noted, he meant a time of danger, turmoil and uncertainty.
Fifty-five years later, we, too, live in interesting times. And when the history of these ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO — Despite leading the country in so many ways — music, movies, fashion, technology, innovation, science — California’s still often unfairly derided as “the land of fruits and nuts.” But, once in a while, it earns the title. As it does today with the attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom.
It’s now official. Secretary of...Read more
Editor's note: While Mr. Press is away, Mr. Jackson is filling in.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, a bill that would make Washington, D. C., the 51st state of the union. It would finally end the denial of voting representation to its more than 700,000 residents, the majority of whom are black or brown.
The bill ...Read more
It’s been a rough 16 months. Battered by the perfect storm of a pandemic, economic slump, invasion of the U.S. Capitol, repeated cases of police violence, and multiple mass shootings, it’s been a long time since we Americans had any good news. But we sure got some this week with the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek ...Read more
It’s tough for anyone of us to admit a mistake. It’s even harder for a nation to do so. But President Biden did us all a favor this week by admitting that the United States made a big mistake in Afghanistan. It’s America’s longest war, one of its most costly and least effective, and it’s long past time to get out of it.
To those who ...Read more
What will you be doing in 2024?
If you think you know for sure, you're either clairvoyant or deluded.
I've been thinking about this question since President Joe Biden's news conference in which he was asked whether he plans to run again in 2024. This was the same news conference in which not a single reporter asked about the pandemic or the ...Read more
In this age of Facebook and around-the-clock social media, we’ve been pummeled with video of every possible form of human misery: from tornadoes, to mass shootings, to COVID-19 victims dying alone with no family members allowed at their bedside. But never have we experienced such gut-wrenching video as we’ve seen so far in the George Floyd ...Read more
Who says Republicans don’t have a sense of humor? If you still think so, you missed this week’s hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee — where Members of Congress made the most ridiculous arguments for opposing statehood for the District of Columbia. It was better than “Saturday Night Live.”
First, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC...Read more