Sadly, the American public does not have a thunderbolt to throw at Congress to get its members to quit acting like petulant children and focus on doing the work of the nation. In their latest tantrum, House Republicans passed a measure to sue President Barack Obama for not enforcing law. His supposed laxity on immigration measures tops the list of grievances, but he's also not prosecuting medical marijuana suppliers to the GOP's satisfaction. His attorney general is pressing for minimum sentencing for low-level and nonviolent drug offenders, and of course there are the usual complaints about health care reform and education policy. Any and every issue that pushes a button in the party's base has been thrown into this bill designed to pester the president, nothing else.
Why should people talk to reporters? It's a question that's seldom raised among news people, which is too bad, because it's an important one.
In Washington right now, the debate over how to address inequality - whether of income or opportunity - rages almost daily, as scholars, policy wonks and politicians often far-removed from these problems wrangle over whose solution is best and whose affirmatively do harm.
The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday, March 13:
A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun.
For 35 years, Florida has been trying to execute Freddie Lee Hall, who is mentally disabled and has been his whole life.
Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one:
The College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the once pre-eminent college entrance exam, has announced several major changes to the exam and the way it is scored. Which of the following statements describes its motivation?
America is deeply engaged in a debate about marriage.
How much does the Russian military intervention in Ukraine "cost" the Kremlin? Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have made clear that "there will be costs" to Russia, but so far, there only seem to be benefits, subsidies and the promise of a higher financial return to Russia.
The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Wednesday, March 5:
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, March 4:
It was both dispiriting and unsurprising to hear the other day that nearly 100 artworks had been stolen from storage at Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts.
Newscasters quickly changed the subject after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week vetoed a bill that would have let businesses, on the basis of "religious belief," deny service to gays and lesbians. Crisis over, folks, they seemed to say; let's move on.
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are:
The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, March 4:
As many as 300,000 West Virginians are still wondering whether it's safe to drink the water more than a month after the local supply was tainted by a spill of industrial chemicals.
The state of Arizona and the East African nation of Uganda don't have much in common.
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Monday, March 3:
An open letter to Miami-Dade Judge William Altfield, who is presiding over the Justin Bieber DUI case: