Steve Hochstadt: Now the so-called House Freedom Caucus, representing the people who made his job so impossible that Speaker John Boehner announced that he was quitting Congress, who were uncertain that Kevin McCarthy of California was conservative enough, are demanding a Speaker for themselves.
new executive arrived in my town a few years ago. He came from the private sector to take the reins of a public institution. With experience in getting results, he said the best way forward was to identify priorities and then establish goals with timelines. And he did just that. A game plan was set. […]
reaking news: Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader who recently announced his candidacy for Speaker to replace John Boehner, just announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy after apparently being unable to muster the 218 votes needed to be elected Speaker, with 30 or so “Freedom Caucus” members of his party refusing to support him. […]
Richard Garner: The rise of the American Corporatocracy can be illustrated through a tale of two men: Eric Holder and Eliot Spitzer, both Democrats. The first played the corporate game and was rewarded handsomely. The other tried to fight the beast and was summarily executed.
John MacMurray: If we’re flying, it’s comforting to know that Richard Toomey’s aircraft wing de-icing device (#1,749,858–1930) will make our flight safer.
Walter G. Moss: How many more tragedies will families have to suffer before Congress, Democrats and Republicans, put ideological biases aside and do what they are paid to do—legislate for the common good?
Laura Finley: Bringing in a national speaker to talk about a local problem often fails to inspire attendees to see how they can take action in their communities.
Larry Wines: He transcended the sports page. Never egotistical, his humor could just as easily be self-effacing (literally) as anything else: “So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”
Janet Phelan: When Great Britain hands over the recordings to the NSA, technically speaking, a law is not being broken and technically speaking, the US is not eavesdropping on our each and every call.
James A. Haught: Amid all the chaos and confusion of daily life, through a thousand contradictory barrages, the struggle for a safer, fairer, more secure, more humane world never ceases.
Steve Hochstadt: The American conversation about equality brings people into the streets every day. There is much more to hope for. Listen to the voices of our candidates. Which side have they been on?
Murray Polner: At a distance of seventy years, FDR, a flawed and complex giant and still somewhat inscrutable to those who write about him, remains a striking and extraordinary giant among all our presidents, as “Man of Destiny” makes clear.
Sincere T. Kirabo: The more recent anti-Black incarnation of the GOP began approximately fifty years ago with the Southern Strategy, a scheme to rally racists disgruntled with the expansion of integrative policies and growing calls for the basic human rights of Blacks.