January 20, 2009 marks a big day. Not because it's the inauguration of President Obama. Rather, it is likely the day that Michael Vick will walk out of prison in Leavenworth and into a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence for dog-fighting and other charges.
There is no question -- none -- that Israel's attack on Hamas in Gaza is justified. No nation can tolerate a portion of its people living in the conditions of the London Blitz -- listening for sirens, sleeping in bomb shelters and separated from death only by the randomness of a Qassam missile's flight.
This is the time of year when the studios send DVDs of their movies to the members of the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild and, in my case, the Writers Guild. It’s not altruism.
Hollywood tilts toward mega-action films with plenty of special effects but little in the way of special entertainment. That changes with the brilliant "Frost/Nixon."
Health care, says the man most concerned with that 17 percent of America's economy, can be "a nation-ruining issue." As Michael Leavitt ends four years as secretary of health and human services, he offers this attention-arresting arithmetic.
One minute, Suzanne was eating lunch with her mother and father. The next, the happy hubbub of the restaurant was silenced when a pickup truck crashed through the brick, mortar, and glass. How could that happen?
Unbelievable. The only word to describe the efforts of California Attorney General Jerry Brown to muzzle the voice and votes of the more than seven million Californians who voted in favor of Proposition 8.
While many ordinary Americans wondered last week what Santa Claus was going to leave for them under the Christmas tree, many American mayors were wondering how much money President-elect Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress will take from taxpayers to hand over to them.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The UAW golfed. While carmakers soak up $17 billion in taxpayer bailout funds and demand more for their ailing industry, United Auto Workers bosses have wasted tens of millions of their workers' dues on gold-plated resorts and rotten investments.
As President-elect Obama vacations with his family in Hawaii and publicly complains about the intrusiveness of the press pool and the intense scrutiny of his Secret Service team, I suspect about now Obama may be recalling George Bernard Shaw's heartless observation that...
Last week, I went to see the new, critically acclaimed film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This movie has been touted as one of the best of the year.
Volatile financial markets. Housing prices on the decline. Unemployment rising. An uncertain -- at best! -- outlook for the economy. It's no wonder many Americans are feeling less well off and less optimistic about their financial futures.
As the eventful, alarming year of 2008 lurches and sputters to its sour and exhausted conclusion the American people should take comfort in comparisons with last century's "annus horribilids" (year of horrors) 1968.
In a season that's all about a virgin birth, the Washington Post has decided to play Scrooge. Virginity pledges don't work, an article in that paper recently proclaimed, citing a study packed with the usual hyperbole.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is absolutely right to warn against Obama’s gigantic stimulus-spending package. McConnell says it “will be the largest spending bill in the history of our country at a time when our national debt is already the largest in history.”
In a column praising the choice of former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood as Barack Obama's choice to serve as Secretary of Transportation, longtime Washington Post political columnist David Broder had some pretty harsh, and in my view, inaccurate, things to say about the so-called "Republican Revolution" of 1994.
Unwilling to control its fighters, who fired scores of missiles into Israel at the end of their six-month ceasefire, Hamas gave Israel the provocation it needed to deliver a savage blow to the Palestinian enclave in Gaza.
So in a matter of days it's bye-bye, Bush. Then it's bye-bye, gradually, to the cottage industry dedicated to ridiculing, castigating, smearing and trashing the 43rd president of the United States, who couldn't have pleased this surly gang save by expiring in office (even if his expiry would have vaulted Dick Cheney to the White House).
With alarm over the effortless and near-total socialization of the U.S. economy, and with worry over concessions in the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq, a reader writes: "It is hard to feel joyful during the holiday season while our country and Constitution are in such peril."
Christmastime is the time of giving. So we can thank Bernie Madoff for giving Americans some special gifts this holiday season.
What does Caroline Kennedy have in common with black America? If your answer is not much, I'd tend to agree with you.
Feminists were devastated by Senator Barack Obama’s final Cabinet selections. Although Obama has not reversed any of his policy positions, he has committed a major crime in their eyes.
On December 23, when all of us were busy wrapping gifts and preparing for Christmas, the Obama team issued a report exonerating everyone on his team of any wrongdoing in the scandal to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.
Many people are glad that 2008 is ending. It’s been a long year of campaigns and financial crisis.
Viewing the United States through the eyes of a foreign national is one thing. And viewing the United States through the eyes of foreign media professionals is another thing.
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