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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Scandals seem to swarm around American presidents like yellow jackets around a state park picnic table.
In fact, administration after administration has spent its second term swatting away falsehoods — and true tales — of miscreancy.
And so patterns have emerged. This happens, then that happens and eventually ...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
In the poker world, table stakes is a term that puts a limit on bets. In other worlds, it usually connotes the basic necessities. The table stakes for a baseball player: a ball, a bat and a glove.
It's one of those gambling phrases that seems, like gambling places, to ...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Speaking to the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Conference on Saturday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — in a speech broadcast on C-SPAN — let loose a barrage of bons mots aimed at President Obama and political Washington.
Now that Fox News has re-signed Palin as a ...
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Ollie Cantos – blind his whole life – has a law degree and has worked in the White House. He's overcome self-doubts, prejudices, naysayers and countless unforeseen – and unseen – obstacles to get to this point. Not content, he's hoping to adopt teenage triplets — Leo, Nick and ...
Friday, June 14, 2013
To: The National Security Agency
From: The Protojournalist
Subject: Please feel free to read our email exchange with Wendy Nather, a high-tech analyst who focuses on security issues at 451 Research in Austin, Texas. Not that you need our permission.
Dear Wendy Nather,
I am writing a blogpost for ...
Friday, June 14, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.
One of the attractions of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.
This was brought home on April 15 — Tax Day, Patriots Day, Marathon Day — when two deadly bombs exploded on historic Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston ...
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Secret recordings are becoming a tradition in American politics.
Like buttons, bunting and backslapping at barbecues, surreptitious audio and/or video surprises continue to pop up in political settings — with more and more frequency.
The latest is an unauthorized recording of a tough-talking strategy session held by Sen. Mitch McConnell, ...
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.
Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would not have ...
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
And the Bushes just keep on coming.
In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd president. And now there's John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, who may want to become the 45th president.
Jeb is sending mixed signals: Tonight ...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
When exactly does someone become elderly?
A recent New York Times story calls a 69-year-old woman elderly. Philadelphia Metro considers 70 to be elderly. When NPR ran a story recently about a 71-year-old midwife, some readers objected to the word "elderly" in the original headline.
One commenter responded: ...
Friday, March 01, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican.
Love the Catholic Church or not, you have to admit the Roman numerals following a pope's name are distinctive. They set the pope apart from the rest of humankind. (As if he needs it.)
Roman numerals always stand out. In an increasingly computer-driven ...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
"Strange things are happenin' to me," a bewitched Mitt Romney said recently to a crowd of Mississippi supporters. The former Massachusetts governor is right: Strange things do happen to folks, especially national political candidates, when they talk to us Southerners. They start drawling and twanging, trying to sound ...