It appears no one bothered to run anything more than a cursory background check, so they missed the allegations that started surfacing over the past couple of days, such as creating a hostile work environment, overprescribing and boozing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” said Trump. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year, Trump delivered a measured, proportionate response to Assad’s chemical attack, hoping this would deter the dictator. The U.S. should destroy all Syrian military aviation infrastructure, says retired Gen. Jack Keane.
The increased generosity of Social Security benefits is an important contributor to our projected debt. Congress has not kept passing legislation to expand those benefits. But the program automatically expands benefits over time.
In making his decision to place party over country and corporate tax cuts over defense of democratic values, Ryan failed to comprehend the depth of Trump’s unfitness and the centrality of character in determining a president’s success.
“I’m not going to be president,” Kennedy says. It is an astonishingly honest line, full of self-pity, full of real pain, full of the heavy weight of family obligation and the memory of his late brothers Joe, John and Robert.