Lawrence Lindsey, chief architect of the Bush tax plan, has privately--and literally--flashed a thumbs up to an expansion of the president's proposal to encourage investment.
Most people first heard about Tate as the boy who said he killed the girl because he was playing pro wrestling. Then he was the 14-year-old sentenced to life in prison without parole because Florida law allowed him to be tried as an adult -- a sentence Gov. Jeb Bush may commute.
Whether or not the movie "Traffic" wins the Oscar for best picture, it still qualifies as the movie of the year, at least in Washington.
This week the Senate is set to approve sweeping changes in federal bankruptcy law. Personal bankruptcies have climbed 75 percent since 1990. Last year, at the end of the Great Boom, 1.3 million Americans declared bankruptcy, according to The New York Times.
During recent visits to South Carolina much of the news had been dominated by the failing health and near death of Sen. Strom Thurmond. From reading the reports, you would have thought that the man was confined to a wheelchair, barely able to function, incapable of uttering a single sentence.
Lately, California has been in the news for rolling blackouts, its largest utilities at bankruptcy's brink, just about everybody scratching his unbelieving head about what happened - and enviros objecting loudly to practically every suggested remedy.
The great ongoing American political struggle has been, and probably always will be, between supporters of expansive federal power and those who believe that when government action is necessary, it should, with rare exceptions, be limited and localized.
While I'm usually permitted the illusion of authority when it comes to the remote control, this false consciousness is often shattered whenever my insatiable desire for certain TV fare meets the immovable will of my fiancee.
Love and marriage sanctioned by God is the oldest and most fundamental building block of our society. Not only were these institutions etched in stone, they were thought necessary for the maintenance of most capitalistic societies.
It's hard not notice that Americans are all over Cuba and, parenthetically, that the Helms-Burton Act and the U.S. embargo are ineffectual.
One of the benefits of George W. Bush's effort to cut tax rates is that it is stimulating a useful debate on whether the tax system should be used to redistribute income.
President Bush's approach to tax cutting not too big, not too small puts his rising political capital on the line fending off both Democrats who would whittle it down and Republicans who would expand it.
After its first-week ratings bonanza, the new football league's television audience has largely evaporated. The last hour of the March 3 NBC telecast, that network's most recent at this writing, may have been, in the words of the Washington Post's Paul Farhi, "the lowest-rated primetime hour ever on one of the Big Three networks."
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, taken by millions of high school seniors each year and required for admission to 90 percent of four-year colleges, may be headed for the endangered species list.
"Another school shooting," said the airport lot attendant as he wearily punched my ticket. "Same ol', same ol'." Thus I learned about the recent school shooting in Santee, Calif., which, wearily-wearily, isn't even the latest.
On almost the same day, (1) Iowa declared English to be the state's official language; (2) Drake University, Iowa's largest private college, announced that it would cease offering modern languages in its curriculum; and (3) the Census Bureau announced that the proportion of Hispanic Americans had grown to 12.5 percent of the population, 35 million people.
Americans like trials. It's the civil, fair, just way to settle disputes. But we like them too much. A general critique of Americans is that we bring everything to court. Our more serious problem, however, is that our addiction to trials infects and distorts our foreign policy.