Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population.
On Nov. 6, they'll have the power to alter the course of American politics -- flipping Congress, changing the leadership ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Although many of the Supreme Court's decisions have been contested and even condemned, its justices have been remarkably successful in performing the role Alexander Hamilton assigned them in Federalist 78: to be "an essential safeguard against the effects of occasional ill humors in the society."
What Hamilton didn't count on was ...Read more
Back in the days before video games in which a man can play as a female character, we (and by "we" I mean street-corner bums like me) had a simple rule that helped us determine if a guy was gay.
If you ever did anything sexual with another man at any time, for any reason, you were gay forever.
That was the rule. For a lot of men, it still is. ...Read more
Hard cases make bad law, according to an old legal maxim. Hard cases make brutal Supreme Court confirmation fights, too.
The soap opera unfolding around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings offers an excellent example. The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Anita Hill's truthfulness was brutally questioned. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., accused her of "flat-out perjury." So was her sanity. I recall a fevered phone call from a White House adviser peddling the notion that Hill suffered from "erotomania," a psychiatric disorder involving romantic delusions. So was her character. "A little ...Read more
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged." Jesus preaches that in the book of Luke.
But then, Jesus never had Twitter. Or, for that matter, Instagram or Facebook. He never had, in other words, one of the social media platforms on which millions of us routinely judge other people every day. It's a habit we might do well to reconsider.
Not that ...Read more
The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today's 162 million. With the 2018 midterm elections only little more ...Read more
NEW YORK -- When confronting a challenging problem, it's sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle. That's why I found it fascinating to talk about the rise of populism and nativism with Bono last weekend at a summit in Kiev. The Irish singer-activist-philanthropist sees the same forces that we all do...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "It never happened" and "it wasn't him" are legitimate, if inconsistent, arguments for defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to make. "We have to stick to our deadline" and "there's no need to involve the FBI" are nothing but partisan Republican talking points. And excuses like "he was only 17" and "boys will be boys" ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For those insisting that Republican senators take Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously, one aspect of the conversation is particularly infuriating: the notion that the timeline established by the GOP for completing this process is quasi-sacred.
Virtually everyone commenting on Kavanaugh's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I tip my 10-gallon hat to the Texas school board, which just voted to "streamline" the public-school curriculum in a way that will surely Make America Great Again.
The board, on which Republicans have a two-thirds majority, agreed with recommendations that it is "not necessary" for students to learn about Hillary Clinton, Helen ...Read more
Facing a public relations debacle, Senate Republicans have come up with a surefire compromise to win confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: Instead of simply dismissing the sexual assault accusation lodged against their nominee, they will pretend to investigate -- and only then rubber-stamp him.
Won't both sides be served ...Read more
Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair.
"How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in life?"
Fleischer, a former spokesman for President ...Read more
It must feel ironic for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be judged now by the standards that he once tried to apply in the toughest way possible to another alleged offender, then-President Bill Clinton.
Now it is Kavanaugh who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, which in his case would amount to attempted rape. I sympathize with any middle-aged ...Read more
I have been to this movie before. I know how it ends, and it doesn't end well -- not for anyone, by the way.
This much we know: A woman writes a letter in July. It's about something that happened in high school. Pick your words. An assault? An attempted assault? A drunken grope? It was more than 30 years ago.
She wants to remain anonymous. She...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Florence has drenched eastern North Carolina with more than 30 inches of rain, an all-time record for the state. Last year, Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston and dumped more than 60 inches of rain, an all-time record for the whole country. Also last year, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico and caused, ...Read more
In "Fear," Bob Woodward's nonfiction Gothic tale of the haunting of the White House, dread stalks the Oval Office and overcomes anyone who approaches the ironically named Resolute desk. They all but tremble before Donald Trump, fearing his temper, his enormous and unfathomable ignorance, his obsessions and his Category 5 dishonesty but there, on...Read more
Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers.
America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn't, to our continuing peril.
First unlearned lesson: Banking is a risky ...Read more
The rise of Donald Trump was shocking but it was not a one-off. The forces that brought him to power have parallels across democracies as fears about immigration, inward-looking nationalism and discontent over economic globalization push an ever-larger share of voters to the far right.
For American progressives, it is especially disturbing that...Read more
Not far from where I live, there's a Renaissance fair. In the advertisements for the event, "fair" is spelled "faire," so you know you're getting the real thing. Many of the vendors at the faire refer to their business as a "shoppe," rather than a "shop," so you can be really sure what you're getting.
Anyway, should you decide to goe to the ...Read more