Diary Notes: Washington Puts a Dark Past To Rest
The Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia invented, letting vigilantes loose on reproductive rights.
At midnight, the unsigned opinion was joined by the only woman on the anti-woman side, once a "handmaid" in her religion, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She who stole onto the Court while Ruth Bader Ginsburg's body cooled in the parlor, days before the 2020 election.
As burned as we are at the Supreme Court, Texas earns even more ire. The statehouse retrenched voting rights this summer, at the governor's urging. Gov. Greg Abbott is also a sworn enemy of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The Lone Star State is its own country. So, Texas, you're invited to secede. I wouldn't miss you. Lincoln opposed letting the largest slave state into the Union in the first place.
Rays of light smiled on a standout weekend night by the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool. Thousands gathered to picnic at a free concert of the Broadway musical, "Come from Away."
It tells the true story of 7,000 airline travelers landing in Gander, Newfoundland, on 9/11. They were bedraggled on a "giant piece of rock in the middle of the ocean." The townspeople welcomed strangers from all over the world into their homes and hearts.
Thanks, Ford's Theatre, for this dreamy gift, a tonic to raise a glass to Canada. The scene was the happiest I'd seen the city in so long.
Next morning, I went to a funeral mass for an ink-stained editor, Al Eisele. He was a friend to all by name: the barista, news agent, homeless guy, deli owner.
On 9/11, Al's friend David McCullough, the historian, was over at the fancy Hay-Adams Hotel. He called Al and said, why don't you come over here?
Al brought two young reporters to witness the towers fall and the Pentagon burn with McCullough -- and wrote a column about it.