Paul Greenberg

Posted July 27, 2015

There she is, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood having lunch at a nice restaurant and, between sips of wine, setting the going rate for various fetal body parts. She's a real pro, this Deborah Nucatola, so competent, so relaxed, so chatty. She betrays about as much emotion as someone putting together the next Neiman Marcus catalogue.

Posted July 23, 2015

In separate but equally bizarre performances, two presidential candidates showed up in Arkansas last weekend, Hillary Clinton at a Democratic rally in North Little Rock and Donald Trump in Hot Springs, where exotic acts have long been welcomed.

Posted July 20, 2015

It's 46 pages long, but till now it's been kept under wraps: the testimony of David Greenglass before a grand jury some six decades ago on August 7, 1950.

Posted July 15, 2015

The big challenge was to maintain the faux suspense. To do that, the cast had to act as if it really didn't know it was putting on the kind of farce that's really a tragedy. As appeasement often is.

Posted July 10, 2015

Once upon a time, it was a bedrock American belief that all men are created equal. Now, according to the latest intellectual fashion that governs the art world, all of us are created artists -- and so should feel free to show our work in public, like on the walls of museums. Though if all of us are now artists, no one is, since there's no longer a distinction between artists and the rest of us.

Posted July 09, 2015

Judging by the returns from Sunday's vote in Greece, there is no judging.

Posted July 07, 2015

Now it is The Hon. Barack Obama who has run afoul of the Language Police after using the forbidden word in an interview the other day, even if only to warn against its use. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public," the president opined. Naturally he drew fire from our instant censors, who demanded that he find a way around the unspeakable word if he couldn't drop it entirely.

Posted July 02, 2015

The movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" tends to stay with anyone fascinated by how we acquire and maintain and sometimes switch our personal identity, and how slippery it can be. F

Posted July 01, 2015

How little things change -- and how a lot does. It may all depend on leaders -- their quality, their vision, their temperament. The scenes in Greece would be familiar to any American caught in the low ebb of the Depression, like the panicky lines of depositors trying to get what's left of their money out of shuttered banks. It could be the United States in March of 1933 complete with a bank holiday in effect, and all wondering what happens next.

Posted June 30, 2015

The hopes and fears of all the years met last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the narrow but sweeping decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that proclaims homosexual couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. Congratulations to them. At first glance, they've scored a significant victory, even if the score was just 5 to 4.

Posted June 29, 2015

A great history is both complete and to be continued, like a great house with many wings, door after door opened to the light at last. A great historian not only explores history, but his work makes history.

Posted June 26, 2015

The colorful banner that waves above South Carolina's state Capitol -- who knows for how much longer? -- represents the many virtues and values of this our South, only beginning with valor and pride.

Posted June 25, 2015

Nothing is clear yet -- this is, after all, your federal government in ever ham-handed operation -- but as of this writing Alexander Hamilton's portrait is to be airbrushed off the $10 bill. Maybe.

Posted June 15, 2015

There he goes again: According to Bill Clinton in an interview with Bloomberg TV, all that criticism of his and Mrs. Clinton's interlocking foundations, aka Clinton Cash, is just a lot of partisan politics because she's running for president

Posted June 15, 2015

"When I was in college, there were certain words you couldn't say in front of a girl. Now you can say them, but you can't say 'girl.' "

Posted June 12, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to accuse a slew of Republicans of "systematically and deliberately" trying to deny millions of Americans their right to vote.

Posted June 10, 2015

The Fed has earned our sympathy, but not our trust.

Posted June 09, 2015

"My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men." --Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Posted June 09, 2015

It is no surprise that there should be so much corruption in politics. Politics is the art of power, and no one ever came way from exercising it with clean hands, however pure his motives or intentions. The man now at the center of this slowly unraveling, never ceasing, always present scandal became speaker of the House himself only because of a series of scandals that culminated in the resignation of a House majority leader who had led the drive to impeach a president -- before his own extra-marital adventures were revealed.

Posted June 08, 2015

With the exception of Wisconsin's fighting governor, Scott Walker, my favorite underdog in the already overcrowded race for next year's Republican presidential nomination has got to be Lindsey Graham, who's now declared his candidacy. Sen. Graham chose his home town in South Carolina -- indeed, his home neighborhood -- to make his first appearance as a formal presidential candidate.