Before he was president, Trump wasn’t among the upper echelon of New York real-estate developers, he wasn’t a fixture of civic life, and he seemed more at home on Page Six than on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Having even the most incomplete conversation about racism in American daily life is preferable to brushing the issue aside yet again. While closing their shops for the day may not sound like a lot, it’s better than we’ve come to expect
The very first use of clemency, in fact, was granted to enemies: In 1795, President George Washington pardoned some of the leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion, who had been sentenced to death for treason. It shouldn’t be for friends.
Starbucks took swift action and scheduled racial bias training for employees after an alleged racial discrimination incident led to the arrest of two black men at a store in Philadelphia. But this looks more like a PR strategy than a long-term change in policy.
Things have gotten better. In 1958, 44 percent of white Americans said they’d move if a black family moved in next door. Forty years later, that number was 1 percent. Were some whites lying? Probably, sure. But most probably weren’t.
Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly’s late entry into the race for governor has changed the political calculus in the state. The moderate, soft-spoken Democrat might be the candidate who could actually beat Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Democrat John Kerry was approved in a unanimous voice vote, including from Sen. Rand Paul, who opposes Pompeo. Democrat Hillary Clinton was approved 16 to 1, despite concerns about foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation.
Barbara Bush grieved the loss of a child after her daughter Robin died of leukemia at the age of 3. My mother lost a child as well, Mary Sanchez writes, and she felt a connection with the former first lady.
Vague laws “invite the exercise of arbitrary power” by “leaving the people in the dark about what the law demands and allowing prosecutors and courts to make it up.” The lack of “precise and sufficient certainty” invites unpredictability.
Now, with next to no friends on either side of the aisle, the only real Jeff City argument seems to be whether to start impeachment proceedings now, as Democrats prefer, or in a later special session, as his fellow Republicans want to do.
House Republicans declined to pass a big immigration bill, and candidate Donald Trump ran a campaign that sometimes seemed designed to alienate rather than court Hispanics. Yet Trump slightly improved on Romney’s record with that group.
Raymond L. Harris says a Kansas City firefighter spit on and called his 3-year-old grandson the n-word. The boy’s great-uncle said the restaurant manager called police not to report the spitter and slurrer, but to report the child’s family.
At any other major news organization, this would be a fireable offense. Recall that just months ago, CNN forced out three of its journalists for bypassing editorial processes in publishing an article that the network said was flawed.
The outcome in Syria that would have best served American values and interests? A well-armed coalition of moderate rebels forcing the regime to the negotiating table, resulting in a coalition government that includes some regime elements.
Starbucks is a place that waves the rainbow flag, that strongly supports Planned Parenthood and its mission to make America safe for “choice,” and that has been fairly clear about its position on the Trump administration.
Instead of engaging with the issue of representation, which would have made for a more satirical and topical show — you know, the type “The Simpsons” used to do years ago — the writers responded with the worst creative sin: laziness.
Surveys find that current college students are more likely to express support for speech restrictions, and less for the benefits of free speech, than graduates. Politically conservative views are restricted more than liberal ones.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, a doctor, is out there, telling the country, “We need to see addiction as a chronic disease and not a moral failing.” Imagine President George H.W. Bush saying those words about the crack epidemic.
The standard story of the Progressive Era, taught to high school kids and college students alike, is that the government has come to the rescue time and again to curtail the excesses of selfish, dastardly big businesses.