Stand aside, Disney World.
The real magic in Florida happens in Contractilandia, the place where you can be an epic failure -- and the government will reward you with another $135 million contract to take another shot at messing things up!
To borrow from Mickey Mouse: Meeska, Mooska, Gov. Ron DeSantis, let's give Deloitte Consulting another ...Read more
On April 9, a worker at Maid-Rite Specialty Foods meatpacking plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, filed a complaint with OSHA, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The worker listed a number of COVID-19-related safety issues, and went on to say:
"About half the plant is out sick, they hire more people and (are)...Read more
Even before President Donald Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking service. Now, Twitter and several investment companies are also reportedly talking to TikTok's owner, ByteDance, about possibly taking over the ...Read more
One day, someone will calculate how many lives California Gov. Gavin Newsom could have saved by making wiser choices during the coronavirus pandemic. That terrible figure will likely stand as his political legacy.
Until that day comes, we must grapple with another horrifying number: 10,365. This is how many Californians have died from COVID-19 ...Read more
Russia, China and Iran are targeting the 2020 election, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. To protect our democracy, America -- from the White House to Congress to the tech sector to everyday citizens -- should unite as it would against any external attack.
First, however, a successful defense requires an honest acknowledgment of the ...Read more
With the spotlight on Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, it's a good time to revisit the role of the vice president -- and point out that the VP selection process is a mess.
I proposed some time ago that we go back to the original constitutional design, under which the candidate receiving the second-most electoral ...Read more
Many parents in the U.S. are coming to grips with the reality that their children may not return to their schools until the fall semester of 2021. Schools that aren't opening this fall seem to be waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, and even the most optimistic scenarios don't envision one to be approved and widely distributed in time for the ...Read more
Some days -- and certainly more days than we want to admit -- life in the United States seems fraught with more risks and worries than the people of a wealthy, advanced country ought to endure, and I'm not talking about the pandemic. I'm talking about problems that have been looming and ticking for a long time.
Who among some 680,000 Baltimore-...Read more
In picking California Sen. Kamala Harris to join the Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket, Joe Biden has shown that, unlike the man currently holding the job he seeks, he's not afraid of strong women.
It would have been disappointing but understandable if Biden had dismissed the highly qualified Harris as his running mate. She had also sought ...Read more
The pandemic rages on. Millions of laid-off Americans teeter on the edge of financial disaster now that extended unemployment benefits have ended. The courts and homeless shelters are preparing for a tsunami of evictions now that federal eviction moratoriums have expired. State and local governments are facing layoffs and service cuts because ...Read more
As a child in Queens, New York, I loved to sing the anthems my elementary school taught us, especially "My Country 'Tis of Thee." My parents had emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong only a few years before I was born, so it might have been a little odd that I proudly sang, "Land where my fathers died/ Land of the pilgrims' pride/ From ...Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ricochet across the country, the need for a coordinated response has never been more urgent. But since there is no coordination at the national level, it falls to governors to create at least a coordinated regional response to tamp down the spread of the coronavirus.
The latest research by our team in the ...Read more
How would you explain our two "major," political parties today?
They are a puzzlement.
With the custom of the political convention dying a sudden death this summer, it is worth noting that conventions once chose candidates for the highest offices in the land, and produced what were called platforms -- the stand of the party itself on the major...Read more
We are facing so many crises all at the same time. COVID-19 cases are again rising, a pandemic of racial oppression has spawned an uprising in U.S. cities as well as around the globe, and sky-high unemployment rates threaten the stability of American families. But our most immediate crisis is what to do with the kids this fall. Chicago Public ...Read more
New York state Attorney General Letitia James has pointed a loaded gun at the National Rifle Association, accusing its leaders of fraud and self-dealing. Does she have enough firepower for a big kill?
Yes and no.
James' 164-page civil complaint is chock-full of allegations of brazen and embarrassing corruption. It devotes 17 pages alone to the...Read more
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy let the public know in a Friday statement brimming with business-speak that he's overhauling management of the U.S. Postal Service "to capture operating efficiencies by providing clarity and economies of scale that will allow us to reduce our cost base and capture new revenue."
DeJoy, who lacks much of the ...Read more
On Aug. 4, a massive explosion in Beirut's port killed at least 160 people and injured thousands more. When bad things happen in Lebanon, observers often assume it's terrorism; the country has long been plagued by bombings and attacks from extremist groups. But the cause here, it seems, was not outright malice, but something just as corrosive: ...Read more
Like a lot of Americans, I am downhearted about the lack of progress on COVID-19 this summer. As one of the good little boys and girls who wore a mask, social distanced and only went out when it was necessary to buy groceries or medications, I am also angry at those who didn't.
Here we are five months in with more than 5 million infections and ...Read more
Two opposite worlds inhabited by the "haves" and the "have-nots" collided last week on a glitzy street in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast.
It isn't often the two paths cross, which makes it easy for the "haves" to forget that violence does not recognize boundaries. Until now, the "have-nots" largely kept to themselves, seemingly content ...Read more
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump issued several new executive orders aimed at extending the Covid-19 economic stimulus that has offered some financial relief to millions of Americans. But instead of bringing clarity, the orders have generated a raft of confusion. Are they even constitutional? Will they go into effect?
For your ...Read more