At nearly the same moment as last week’s mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., an ominous, coincidental reverberation of that commonplace American theme — school shootings — broke across my own community college campus, here in south Texas.
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Russia’s airstrikes against Syrian rebels last week came as a surprise to many Americans — including, it seems, many in the Obama administration. They shouldn’t have.
At a cultural moment when celebrity trumps character in America, it took a humble priest from Argentina to remind us of the better angels of our nature — and of the kind of nation we must aspire to build in the 21st century.
Troy X. Kelley is the Washington State Auditor. He’s currently taking a leave of absence from his job while facing federal criminal indictment. The Justice Department has charged him with more than a dozen counts of money laundering and tax evasion. Guilty or not, Kelley has become an example of the establishment decadence that makes ordinary voters disgusted with politics.
The belief that “cultural appropriation” is offensive or even evil is hardly new; when members of one culture adopt elements of another, discomfort is a fairly common response. Yet the scolds seem to be gaining momentum. Many college campuses, including my own (where the issue is sombreros), have been the scene of “appropriation” controversies.
When Republicans won the Senate last November and increased their majority in the House, GOP leaders made clear they intended to end the gridlock of recent years.
Washington hosted two dramatically different dignitaries last week — Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both had meetings with President Barack Obama, and the pope became the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress.
I harbor a fond nostalgia for the technologies of my youth. I keep six or seven old typewriters in my office, long after I typed the last word on any of them. In one closet I store an old-fashioned slide projector. And a turntable that will play 78s. A box camera that shoots film. A View-Master.
It wasn’t difficult for pundits to spin instant explanations for why “outsider” candidates such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders have been surging in recent polls. Opinion surveys have long shown that American voters are unhappy about the state of the nation, frustrated with politics as usual and skeptical that conventional politicians can fix the problem. Lately, however, voters seem to have reached the “I can’t take it anymore” stage.
Patriotism is an abstraction, but its level of strength — in ourselves and others — is usually expressed and understood in practical ways, by the things we actually do or fail to do. Sometimes this fact can be misleading.
Carly Fiorina’s strong performance in the first Republican debate’s “under-card” launched her into the main event. And the sharp way she confronted front-runner Donald Trump in the party’s second candidate confrontation might propel her higher in the presidential polls.
According to the Census Bureau’s new annual poverty report, 46.7 million Americans lived in poverty in 2014. This finding is surprising since government spent more than $1 trillion in 2014 on cash, food, housing, medical care, and targeted social services for poor and low income Americans. (That figure does not include Social Security or Medicare.)
What do you need to do first, when you’re trying turn around the economy and culture of a place? Change attitudes.
Kim Davis, the now famous county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is out of jail and back to work this week. But she is not interfering with the clerks in her office who are processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll doesn’t answer the question of when Republicans will run out of demographic road as the nation’s electorate grows less white. But it contains a hint that the distance between Republicans and Hispanic and Asian voters is unlikely to shrink so long as Donald Trump’s heyday continues.