Before we move on from Montana, where Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday after Gianforte "body slammed" a journalist on election eve for asking him a policy question, it's worth thinking about how our essentially binary elections work in the U.S.
A lot of people bashed Republican leaders for their mild reactions (...Read more
One hundred years ago this month, a University of Pennsylvania professor enlisted in the American Expeditionary Forces to serve during the First World War. He would not return. As we mark this year's Memorial Day, consider the story of Ward Wright Pierson.
Born in central Iowa, Pierson put himself through Northwestern University working as a ...Read more
Speaking at Wellesley College on Friday, Hillary Clinton recalled her 1969 commencement address:
"Now, if any of you are nervous about what you'll be walking into when you leave the campus, I know that feeling. I do remember my commencement. (I'd) been asked by my classmates to speak. ... We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday, May 26:
Bills being floated in Congress by a handful of Republicans would impose taxes on remittances -- money U.S. residents send abroad, usually to relatives -- to pay for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. The idea is as flawed as Trump's own ridiculous ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Friday, May 26:
Alternative facts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are relatively benign, as when President Donald Trump insisted his inauguration drew record crowds when photographs show that no, it didn't. At other times, they are a cynical attempt to affect policy, such as...Read more
I am a sucker for lists.
A few weeks ago, sparked by reading yet another claim that Donald Trump is the most "fill in the blank" in American history, I Googled "the worst American in history." I thought there was a list for everything some where in Googleland, but there was no decent list for this.
So I decided to construct a respectable ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the Star Tribune on Friday, May 26:
A point of clarification for Republican members of Congress who voted for their party's health reform plan: When you vowed on the campaign trail to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the expectation was that the replacement plan would improve upon former President Obama's ...Read more
I cannot imagine what the family members felt on 9/11, even though my own brother was in Manhattan when the Twin Towers came down. He emailed to tell us he was safe. I have no idea what the bereaved in Paris felt when the Bataclan was assaulted, even though I had French friends that sent me Facebook messages to say "nous sommes 'OK.'" I know no ...Read more
Miles LassiterMargo Lee Williams
Margo Williams had only a handful of stories and a few names her mother remembered from her childhood about her family's home n Asheboro, NC. Her research would soon help her to make contact with long lost relatives and a pilgrimage "home" with her mother in 1982. This story follows her ...
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, May 26:
When the White House unveiled its 2018 budget on Monday, plenty of Democrats were quick to characterize it as stingy and cruel. Among the exhibits for the prosecution was the plan for Social Security Disability Insurance, whose projected outlays the administration would ...Read more
News about the WannaCry ransomware infestation that recently struck at least 150 different countries has faded from the headlines, but the danger it represents hasn't. Who's to blame? Can we stop it from happening again?
Ransomware is one of the most prevalent new forms of cybercrime. The bad guys get onto your computer or your organization's ...Read more
When New Orleans officials removed the statue of Louisiana native son and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on May 17, they took an important step toward redressing the lingering national shame of honoring those who fought to defend slavery in the United States.
But opposition to the removals revealed deep bigotry as well as a serious ...Read more
Recently, Smithfield Foods, the world's largest purveyor of sausages, bacon, hot dogs and other artery-clogging pig flesh, announced a new venture: It wants to sell organs from the pigs it raises and kills for use in pig-to-human transplants.
In case the irony is lost on anyone, let's break this down. A company that, for 80 years, has sold pig ...Read more
In 1869, the president of Washington College was invited to Gettysburg. The Battlefield Memorial Association wanted his help in erecting granite memorials to mark the "positions and movements of the armies" during the great Civil War battle of six years before.
Robert E. Lee declined.
"I think it wiser ... not to keep open the sores of war," ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Thursday, May 25:
President Donald Trump isn't draining the swamp in Washington. He's shrouding it in a veil of secrecy and pumping in more slime.
Among his first acts in office was to rescind President Barack Obama's executive order limiting the revolving door between government service...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The Seattle Times on Thursday, May 25:
As President Donald Trump yodels about the Obamacare "death spiral," he may be getting his wish. The vast and expanding pool of uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act threatens to be a lead weight on its viability, producing rising rates and decreasing options for ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday, May 25:
House Republicans were so eager to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act -- the 2010 law known as Obamacare -- that they rushed through the American Health Care Act on May 4 without subjecting it to the normal scrutiny of the Congressional Budget Office. ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in The News & Observer on Thursday, May 25:
It's worse than even some of President Trump's most vociferous critics could have imagined. Trump's first proposed budget was characterized as "Robin Hood in reverse" by one critic, and that's an understatement.
The presidential budget now out cuts some of America's ...Read more
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, May 25:
The Civil War is a tragic and unavoidable part of American history. The Confederacy lost, and the union was preserved. The Union's monumental victory was one that absolutely deserves commemoration in public places because the Union was fighting for a right and ...Read more
The suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday was a sickening reminder that the West still lives under the threat of terrorism. And the claim of responsibility that followed was chilling confirmation that Islamic State has ordered adherents outside the Middle East to carry out attacks in their own countries.
The United States hasn't been immune. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Big news! Fake news is out. Truth is in.
I was at a grocery store the other day and saw a blazing tabloid headline proclaiming Hillary (ran for president in 2016) and her friend Huma had left the country on a private jet to escape from being held responsible for Benghazi. The pictures of them on a plane were so fake, it ...Read more