While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians in descending order of importance in the abortion debate have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to it. They have developed machines that produce increasingly vivid sonograms of fetal development. This concreteness partially explains the intensification of the debate.
After more than four hours of opaque testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr made one thing quite clear.
In the normal course of events, the successful demagogue demands and receives cringing deference. But how about a little empathy now and then?
The U.S. economy is growing at such a fast clip and the unemployment rate is so low that … there must be something terribly wrong. Does that make sense? No, but the healthy state of the country seems to be too much for some economists, talking heads and others in the chattering class. They struggle to find something nice to say about 3.2 percent growth accompanied by 3.8 percent unemployment.
The three-and-a-half-minute video in which Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president in the 2020 election was first-rate propaganda. Mm-mm: a Cinnabon of feel-good moralism designed to hit most Americans sweet spot.
Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in Americas prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the chipping away of voting rights leave America running down a slippery slope. Such running to be fair to the faux independent (he caucuses with Senate Democrats; he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination) does sound dangerous.
In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: Hey, can I call you Joe?
With the over-hyped but underwhelming conclusion of the Mueller investigation, whatever dreams NeverTrumpers within the GOP had of removing the president from office have vanished. Their last flicker of hope lies in mounting a Republican primary challenge in 2020 a strategy doomed to fail.
Along with the far left and far right in the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the pieties of liberal democracy in contempt. His nations attacks on American hearts and minds, detailed in the long-awaited Mueller report, carried with them the spirit of the Joker in the Batman myth a malevolent court jester motivated by venality, contempt for pretense and a craving for relevance and thrills.
The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nations highest tribunal.
At about 20 minutes after 11 on the morning of April 20, 1999, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold pulled semiautomatic firearms and sawed-off shotguns from beneath their black trench coats and, standing on an elevated part of their Columbine High School campus in suburban Denver, began shooting.
WASHINGTON Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while subtracting from Americas fairness.
WASHINGTON So another norm of public decency falls, like a historical building demolished to make way for one of Donald Trumps tasteless towers.
The Democrats presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their partys 2016 achievement the election of the current president was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison detre is to frustrate Democrats, seems to be thinking: We are determined to lose the 2020 election in order to foil Democrats attempts to lose it.
Ill admit it: President Trump is right. Theres a crisis on the southern border.
Baloney is not free.