When people think they’re talking about race, they really aren’t. They are talking instead about the myths, resentments, projections and suppositions by which they justify half-baked notions about who those “other” people are.
When U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, vented on the radio about Democrats, Jews and Israel, it enraged a lot of people, but he had a valid point. At some point — now or in the future — support for the left and support for Israel must conflict.
Here is the specter that haunts Bill Gates’ nightmares: the emergence of a highly-infectious virus that would spawn global panic, overwhelm the supply of medical commodities, set off a desperate technological race against death, reduce global wealth by trillions of dollars and fill millions of graves.
President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness. He left out the part about Democratic intransigence and at least one incident of “wacko-birdness” from the left.
Male fans shout and tweet much worse about pretty much every sporting contest down to and including church league bowling. Indeed, male sports fans are the reason foam bricks were invented. Yet we are allowed to scream for the home team without being called vile names, much less threatened.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has launched an initiative called “Race Together.” Baristas now are encouraged to write “Race Together” on coffee cups “to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers” about their “race journey.”
A Republican candidate for president in 2016 (like every candidate for president) will need to negatively characterize his opponent. But the narrative of Hillary Clinton as Richard Nixon underestimates both leaders.
The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think Hillary Clinton’s email controversy is “serious,” yet 57 percent would be “proud” to have her as president. So what are we to conclude?
It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. New technologies aren’t just labor-replacing. They’re also knowledge-replacing.
Charles Krauthammer: Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.
To a great degree, political identity now serves the same function in the public mind as racial identity – namely, as a fundamental and immutable marker of character and worth. To put that another way: Would you want your daughter to marry one?
If the choice comes down to Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton, the conservative cause would be advanced by another Bush presidency far more than it would be advanced by another Clinton presidency. But will it come down to that?
Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press and a former CEO of The McClatchy Co., which owns The Kansas City Star, writes: It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens’ right to information, turning the right to know into just plain “no.”
The document was crafted by a senator with two months of experience under his belt. It was signed by some members rushing off the Senate floor to catch airplanes, often with little close analysis. This was a foreign policy maneuver, in the middle of a high-stakes negotiation, with all the gravity and deliberation of a blog posting. In timing, tone and substance, it raises questions about the Republican majority’s capacity to govern.
Majd Chourbaji is tense. She barely sips her coffee, is distracted by the incoming-message alerts on her cellphone and apologetic for her solemn mood. What should be a celebratory time for the Syrian human rights activist, who was honored last week by the U.S. State Department, is clouded by bad news from her homeland.
What was the rush to tell Iran, essentially, “You’re wasting your time”? The 47 Republican senators are like food critics who condemn a chef before he’s finished preparing the entree. Their letter also signals to the world that they have zero respect for our president, nor for the other world powers attempting to try diplomacy first.
To process a Justice Department report as just an indictment of one small town is to provide an escape hatch for the many people disinclined, through their own lack of moral courage and intellectual honesty, to admit that the whole darn country has a habit of racially stratified “justice.” We miss the point if we treat Ferguson as some bizarre exception.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.
If the American system does collapse, outside of some unpredictable disaster, it won’t be because of the “unique power” of the “right wing.” It won’t be because of “intractable political parties” or “gridlock.” It will be because of people like Hillary Clinton.
Jonah Goldberg: Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie “Aliens,” to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you’d have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.