The whole career of Benjamin Franklin, from very young to very old, stands for the proposition that the press should be free to criticize the government – that when criticisms sting the most, they are the most essential. It follows that he would oppose any bill giving any President the power to shut down any part of the press in a self-declared “emergency.”
A picture is worth 1,000 words or so we’re told. Here are a few: despicable, appalling, predatory and unprofessional.
Amidst all the mistakes, misspeaks and obvious mechanical malfunctions, BP’s next move is to contribute $20 billion to an escrow account to pay out claims in the Gulf region. This sounds like humanitarianism and accountability, but there is something more sinister here. This is corruption. This is government domination of private business and this is political fundraising.
It's a wild political climate out there. In keeping with the blistering heat afflicting previously ultra-safe incumbents, a happily, comfortably retired Queens businessman by the name of Bob Turner thinks he can unseat his Democratic congressman, six-term Rep. Anthony Weiner, in November.
For several months, it seemed that news stories more and more were persuading us that genuine economic recovery was well underway.
The Huffington Post’s Cuba-based writer, Margarita Alarcon, informs us that treating Cuba “this small island” as “a threat to U.S. integrity so much that the Department of State puts it on its list of terrorist nations is considered tantamount to political dementia.” In fact, Margarita Alarcon’s views closely parallel those of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s former Latin American head, Ana Belen Montes.
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill just hit the shores of Florida beaches, and a new, flashy poll has revealed that more and more Floridians oppose drilling off their shores. But Marco Rubio continues to buck political tides and support offshore drilling in his home state.
Today the Supreme Court dealt a setback to supporters of traditional marriage. But it’s not the defeat that gay-rights supporters (and many of their fans on the media) are hailing it as, and leaves open the possibility that traditional-marriage supporters may be the ones celebrating at the end.
In 2010, a year so far marked by anti-Washington sentiment and growing voter frustration, vulnerable Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy faces a formidable opponent and a tough fight.
So Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job. Does it matter?
President Obama finally met with BP leaders. Immediately thereafter, Tony Hayward was made a CEO in exile. Undoubtedly he’ll soon be an ex-CEO. When Obama wants a CEO fired, by gum, they are fired.
After President Obama's serial petulence towards and treatment of everyone he perceives as a threat, we shouldn't be surprised that he took less than 40 hours to sack his hand-picked commander in Afghanistan even after Obama himself spent four months dithering over that commander's recommendations.
We didn't need this. By "we," I mean the large majority of citizens who want America to succeed in Afghanistan. By "this," I mean the Rolling Stone article that quoted Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides saying uncomplimentary things about Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other civilian officials.
Mexico, whose president said Arizona's law "opens a Pandora's box of the worst abuses in the history of humanity," recently filed a brief in U.S. federal court to side with the law's opponents.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal's mistake was not indulging in -- and allowing his aides to indulge in -- locker room guy talk; his "mistake in judgment" was allowing a writer for the far-left, anti-war magazine, "Rolling Stone" apparently unrestricted and prolonged access to him and his aides.
In confiding to Rolling Stone their unflattering opinions of the military acumen of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, Dick Holbrooke and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff were guilty of colossal stupidity.
In making and tolerating disparaging comments about his civilian superiors in front of a reporter, Gen. Stanley McChrystal failed a test of leadership, judgment and respect for his role in a democratic government. But most obviously, he failed an IQ test.
Does the Constitution authorize the federal government to compel you -- or anyone -- to buy an electric toothbrush? What about a hula hoop? Rutabagas or Twinkies? A robotic vacuum cleaner? No? Then where do Congress and the Obamians get off saying the Constitution authorizes them to compel everyone to buy health insurance?
The flap about General Stanley McChrystal's "resignation" was nobody's finest hour. But there are some painful lessons in all this that go beyond any of the individuals involved-- the general, the president or any of the officials at the Pentagon or the State Department.
One problem with a political landslide of the kind that Republicans now contemplate in November is that it may also sweep into office various ideologues who become embarrassments -- candidates such as J.D. Hayworth and Rand Paul. Democrats are familiar with this possibility, because they have Sen. Al Franken.
Many say that the situation in Greece is a harbinger of what is coming to the United States. They are right. But first it will come to states like New York, California and Michigan, which are stretched way beyond their means and deeply in debt.
McChrystal's "resignation" wasn't about his violation of military protocol. McChrystal was fired because he made it clear to President Obama that he would no longer allow himself to be used as a scapegoat for America's failings in Afghanistan.
Even the most generous of impulses can be misinterpreted, especially those involving family and money.
Monday’s Supreme Court case on supporting terrorism saw retiring Justice Stevens side with the conservatives, while Justice Sotomayor went the opposite way.
The fight for New Mexico’s First District has shifted to Republican candidate Jon Barela’s favor.
We all should be absolutely alarmed by the current state of fatherhood in this country. It is terribly troubling that our society accepts fatherhood as a luxury, not a necessity. An involved, loving, active father has become the exception in this country, and it's time we make it the norm again.
Today, the administration seems unsure whether the Taliban are even a threat, and some advisors are implausibly arguing that even if the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, the Taliban would not welcome al Qaeda there.
The trial over the California constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman already took place where it should have—among the voters of California during the fall of 2008 when they debated its merits and decided to approve it. The U.S. Constitution permits the people or their elected representatives to decide public policy issues and to reaffirm the definition of marriage that existed even before the state and nation did. There is nothing bigoted or unconstitutional about doing so.
The hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court are set to start on June 28. So here are the top 10 questions Kagan should be asked at the hearings. Each question is, of course, meant to spark more discussion on Kagan’s judicial philosophy and her view of the proper role of a judge.
A democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive. In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.
Over the past few months, a widely circulated e-mail has reported that President Barack Obama is not signing Eagle Scout certificates, which only 4-5 percent of Boy Scouts attain. Categorically, Internet watchdog sites, such as snopes.com, have classified the claims as "hogwash." But I have found a steady stream of White House whitewashing when it comes to the Boy Scouts of America.
Middle-of-the-roaders and people who don't pay a lot of attention to politics have made a fetish out of bipartisanship.
Congressman Barton, sir, never mind what the party leaders made you say in riposte to your own verbal thrust last week. You were right the first time -- right to call out the White House for tactics extralegal at best, embarrassing to many who continue for some odd reason to look to the Oval Office for moral leadership.
About midway through his June 15 speech on the gulf oil disaster, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. But Obama said he had done so only "under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe." Where'd he get that from?
Are we fit to be free? That’s the big question for Americans to decide in election year 2010. Above the chatter of daily headlines, beyond the jockeying of parties, two opposing visions of human nature vie for expression in the political choices we will make.
When journalists give an award to one of their own, you’d think they’d honor reporting that rises above that of others in journalistic quality.
Father's Day has always been one of my favorite times. When I was growing up, I was excited to spend time with my father, Harry Sr, and his father, Simmie. My grandfather was a hardworking muscular man who stood 5 foot 10 inches. Although my lanky father’s 6’2” frame seemed to dwarf his father’s stature, they both seemed like giants to me. For the first 12 years of my life they towered over me both physically and emotionally.
The anti-political establishment sentiment that is gripping the country reflects something more basic that is going on. What we have is a national renewal movement - a search and discovery mission by Americans to restate and restore those first principles that define us.
Thanks to the attention from Glenn Beck, a recent top seller on Amazon.com is Austria’s Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. The book was written in 1944 to fight the drift from individual freedom and free-market competition to a growing dependence on economies controlled by central planning authorities. To Hayek, Stalin’s Soviet Russia was no better than the Nazi “National Socialists.” In all its forms, the increasing spread of socialism has and would always be a threat to individual freedom and economic progress.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is an outspoken opponent of SB1070, the Arizona immigration law. That’s an inconvenient thing to have on the books.
In a debate where the primary focus is a woman’s body and a woman’s right to choose whether or not to carry a child to his or her delivery, the “other partner,” the father of the baby, is rarely given consideration.