Through an anonymous but well-placed source deep within the White House, we received a leaked copy of a preliminary draft of Pope Francis Wednesday and Thursday itinerary for his historic visit to Washington D.C., prepared by President Obamas crack political advisers.
Trashed streets. Tent camps. Chaos at railway stations. A toddlers body washed up on the seashore. These are the scenes replayed over and over by the news media, depicting the worst refugee crisis to hammer Europe in more than half a Century.
Imagine waking up to the news that a Quaker county sheriff is denying concealed carry permits to citizens because of his religious objection to violence; or, a Muslim DMV supervisor in Dearborn, Michigan has ordered his staff to refuse to issue drivers licenses to women out of a religious objection to women behind the wheel.
Because of their wealth and their passion for funding free market causes and organizations, the Koch brothers Charles and David -- have been blamed for everything.
Before taking the stage at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama last Friday, Donald Trump had his private jet circle the venue -- a college football stadium packed with 30,000 screaming fans, some waving signs that proclaimed, Thank You, Lord Jesus, for President Trump"; and everyone waiting breathlessly to see the man who repeatedly tells us he tells it like it is.
We have met the enemy and it is us. Pogo, by Walter Kelly, 1970
The environmental disaster unfolding in Colorado is one of the worst since the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This time, however, it is the federal government -- more specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency that is responsible for the mess.
Until a few days ago, Dr. Walter Palmer was just a successful dentist from Minnesota who had a passion for trophy hunting; a highly regulated and extremely expensive sport.
A paper flyer hangs on a pole in New Hampshire advertising a Young Americans for Hillary party. It features a black-and-white photo of a young, Bohemian Hillary, and promises to include, in addition to political discussion and a good time, pizza, Hillary swag, and young people.
When the news broke last week of another mass shooting at two Gun Free military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the story was all-too-familiar. Gun Free Zones make absolutely no sense to begin with; but mandating them at locations we know to a virtual certainty are terrorist targets, including U.S. military sites, borders on criminally negligent.
Last Friday, President Obama wrote 46 letters to men and women across the United States that will change their lives.
Is the time ripe for Americas version of the Third World strongman? Will we see the arrival of a macho leader, riding in on a white horse with sword drawn, to rally a citizenry frozen in fear and uncertainty?
Were the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard filmed today rather than three decades ago, the authorities constantly chasing the Duke brothers around rural Georgia would not be a crooked county commissioner and a half-wit sheriff.
After even a few minutes walking the historic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, it becomes clear why the city is revered by so many. Charlestons rich history, world-class culinary offerings, and a community of people recognized as being among the friendliest in the nation, account for its consistent ranking high on the list of vacation destinations for Americans and foreigners alike.
If there is one law of politics the Clintons know better than anyone, it is the power of perception. Their masterful ability to twist, bend, and manipulate the truth -- even something as basic as the word is -- has afforded Americas Power Couple a Teflon-like resistance to scandal and corruption that is the envy of less savvy politicos.
Lavrenti Beria, who ran Josef Stalin's KGB, once commented on the ease with which the feared organization he headed could convict any individual at will: Show me the man and Ill find you the crime.
If John McCain, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, and the other Republican senators lashing into Rand Paul because of his efforts to force expiration of Sec. 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act had been alive and part of the debate back in 1775-76, they would have been blasting Patrick Henry for supporting Liberty.
Last weeks Tweet of President Barack Obama with rolled up sleeves, enjoying a waffle cone and wishing Americans Happy Memorial Day, may have been nothing more than an effort by the Presidents political hacks to convince the American people that he is, after all, a regular guy.
Since the landmark 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia case, which Second-Amendment lawyer Alan Gura argued before the Supreme Court, anti-gun officials in the nations capital have spent every waking hour trying to avoid doing what the high Court ordered be done: allow District residents to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
In March 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee when Sen. Ron Wyden asked him if the NSA collected any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? Clappers unequivocal response: No, sir.