Oh no! The United States is falling behind in yet another big area — commercial use of drones. (Those things that buzz around and gather information and drop bombs overseas but don’t yet deliver Amazon packages.)
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There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.”
It has been said that critical thinking by the electorate is dead. People are expected to make their voting choices by colorful signs, slick flyers and name recognition. There is no room for substantive content on a sign. Flyers are most often a collection of empty buzz phrases such as ” Jobs! Leadership! Independent!” And a rose by any other name still needs to be pruned.
At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is supposed to work.
I first heard about Robin Williams’ death while I was standing in line at my mother’s viewing and a friend’s BlackBerry dinged with the news alert from CNN.
Convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or die.
When I was growing up, my parents often gave me pep talks that were different from the ones my white male friends got from their parents.
I worked on the Gordon campaign for County Commissioner. I supported and endorsed Frank. I am embarrassed I did and won’t make the mistake again.
Recently the nation and the world lost a comic genius — Robin Williams. It seems as word traveled around the globe we all seemed to walk a smaller pace. By that, I mean the news media was not focusing on Gaza, Iran, Iraq or the breakout of ebola. It appeared the television media was covering the life and accomplishments of Robin Williams.
Shortly after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in 2009, a close Muslim friend I’d known since elementary school suddenly disappeared from my Facebook feed. She’d been excoriating Israel in her posts, and I’d said nothing. Then I posted a statistic showing the number of Hamas-fired missiles landing in southern Israel, where my husband has family. That same day, I noticed my friend had written “OMG!!” under my post. And then she was gone.
Picture the ad, either in the Democratic primaries or from a liberal independent candidate: Hillary Clinton — a pro-Wall Street buckraker, a foreign policy interventionist — championing George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq and looking like a lukewarm supporter of President Barack Obama.
Hospitals: Small is beautiful
Dear Abby: I am very concerned about my 33-year-old daughter’s safety. A man in his mid-60s, someone she met at a previous job, has become obsessed with her. He has declared his love for her, divorced his wife and slathered my struggling, single daughter with gifts over the last three years.
Assume there are two types of countries in the world: those that torture and those that don’t. Americans who believe that our nation is among non-torturers may have been disappointed recently when President Barack Obama announced, somewhat inelegantly, that “we tortured some folks.”
In January I wrote a column questioning the morality of continuing to extend jobless payments to Americans looking for work.