Senate Democratic Leader Thomas Daschle has no intention of scheduling the McCain-Feingold finance reform bill or other controversial legislation during the 17 days, starting Jan. 3, that he will be majority leader.
To ponder another year of the media's misbehavior, a panel of 46 distinguished American remote-control tossers has voted on the Media Research Center's "Best Notable Quotables of 2000." How many perpetual media tendencies can you spot on this year's list?
To achieve victory in war, the ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu taught that you must "know the enemy." And with the liberal interest groups who throw bombs from their ivory towers high above the streets of the nation's capital, it is always war.
A heartbreaking social statistic is that children on welfare have only about half as many words per day directed at them as the children of working-class families -- and less than one-third as many words as children whose parents are professionals.
New Year's resolutions are a bad idea. There's no way I will lose 20 pounds and keep it off, get through Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," or plant the imported tulip bulbs that have been sitting in my vegetable bin for the last two years.
Whatever you can say about any problems the Republicans are facing with the Clinton recession as they assume apparent control of all three branches of government (a sham on account of the high incidence of Republican turncoats with no corresponding Democratic turncoats), at least the Republican Party is not besieged by a triangle of egos now fighting for attention in the Democratic Party.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) is comprised of 29 industrial nations, mostly in Western Europe, the Pacific Rim and North America. They've recently released a report titled "Towards Global Tax Cooperation" that should worry all of us.
George Bush's nomination of John Ashcroft as attorney general of the United States could not suit me more. Ashcroft is an outstanding nomination, especially on the heels of the most corrupt Justice Department in the history of the nation.
As members of Congress are jockeying for chairmanships in the 107th Congress, the committees that handle big money seem to get all the headlines, but the education chairmanship may ultimately have the most influence on policy.
A friend donated some books to his son's nursery school here in New York. But one was rejected as too religious: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The friend, who is Jewish, was outraged that the school, which is vaguely Christian, was taking such a stupid stand on secretly Christian reindeer.
The votes counted and certified, the chads, and better yet, the lawyers out of sight, there hasn't been enough to talk about lately. But talk we must, because the world rapturously awaits the commentating fraternity's comments.
Democrats tell us that President Bush should foster an atmosphere of bipartisanship in Washington. They insist that the "photo-finish" presidential election requires that the new administration make conciliation with Democrats its highest priority.
When it became clear that industrialist Paul O'Neill was George W. Bush's December surprise as Secretary of the Treasury, grizzled conservative activists immediately remembered him as a doggedly liberal civil servant battling them a quarter-century ago.
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