Longtime broadcast newsman Richard Tucker is a staff writer and media critic formerly with The Heritage Foundation.
Tucker works with Heritage analysts and other conservative public policy advocates who appear regularly in the print and broadcast news media.
Before joining the Heritage Foundation, he spent almost eight years as a broadcast news copy editor and writer, first in CNN's Atlanta headquarters and most recently in the cable news network's Washington Bureau.
Tucker's career as a broadcast journalist began in 1992 as a photographer/editor with WBNG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Binghamton, New York. He is a 1991 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.
Originally from Vestal, N.Y., Tucker lives with his wife and two sons in northern Virginia.
Modern medical science keeps people alive longer. Liberals hope they can do the same thing in political science: keep their dying ideas alive for just another election or two.
Quick, hang up that cell phone: You may be breaking the law. Well, not the law, exactly, but a regulatory agency’s view of what lawmakers might have meant. And that agency has power to issue its decisions as if they were laws. But wait, the agency has decided cell phones are okay after all, so never mind.
“People can come up with statistics to prove anything,” Homer Simpson once said. “Forty percent of all people know that.” Cue the ombudsman at The Washington Post.
In the movie “A Few Good Men,” Jack Nicholson’s character jokes that the Iraqi army was so overwhelmed during the 1991 Gulf War that “some of them surrendered to a camera crew from CNN.” Today, men may be searching for camera crews as well.
In 1992 presidential candidate Bill Clinton assured ordinary Americans that he understood the problems we face. His philosophy was summed up in the soundbite: “I feel your pain.” Or as The Onion joked, “New President Feels Nation’s Pain, Breasts.” During a campaign event in 2010, President Obama reprised the line, explaining that he understood the pain of standing in the hot sun.
Ethanol, because it’s popular in corn-growing states such as Iowa and Nebraska, was once thought to be politically untouchable. But at the end of last year lawmakers finally scrapped a tax subsidy that paid refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline. The subsidy had cost Americans some $20 billion over three decades. “Fiscal conservatives joined liberal environmentalists to kill it, with help from a diverse coalition of outside groups,” The New York Times explained. And, as politicians must have noted by now, the world didn’t end.
It's amazing what you can get used to. Looking back a few years, the unemployment rate in April 2004 was 5.6 percent when presidential candidate John Kerry announced that then-President George W. Bush sported “the worst economic record since the Hoover administration.”
Fans of 1970s Saturday morning TV may remember the “Laff-A-Lympics,” a cartoon spoof featuring goofy characters competing in strange events. With the actual Olympics starting this week, Americans will have the chance to witness many sporting events that we haven’t paid much attention to since, well, 2008.
For about 15 minutes, ObamaCare had been ruled unconstitutional. At least, that’s what those watching CNN on June 28 were being told. Then, on further review, the network changed its mind. ObamaCare lived, albeit in a Supreme Court-edited form.
Over the years, many have wondered what happened to “Say Anything” star Ione Skye. Now we may have our answer. In the movie her character, Diane Court, famously urged her fellow graduates to “go back.” So maybe Ione has followed her own advice and become an environmentalist.
In spring, bicycles come out of storage, newspaper photographers snap pictures of people riding them, and those photos generate letters of complaint to The Washington Post.
How would you like to tell a fifth grade girl who plays travel team soccer or a sixth grade “Girls on the Run” racer that the main reason she’s able to compete and win is because of a white man who’s been dead for decades?
Each year, it seems, politicians declare that the upcoming election will be make-or-break for the future of the country.
Powerful mystery novels keep you reading right to the end to find out “whodunit.” But some end up disappointing; after all the twists and turns, it simply turns out “the butler did it.” That’s how Washington’s mystery of the century, Watergate, has turned out.
The Wall Street Journal reports: “Federal regulators are using powers they gained in the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law to ramp up an inquiry into the recent trading blunders at J.P. Morgan Chase.” How dare a private company lose $2 billion. Losing money, after all, ought to be restricted to the federal government.
In summer action movies, there always seem to be superheros ready to swing into action and protect the world when it’s in need. Outside of movie theaters, of course, there are no superheros. But there is a super system, one that gives birth to the sort of companies that can help protect the world.
A recent comic strip summed up life in these United States in 2012. Several rotund Americans are waiting in line at the movie theater. All are holding massive tubs of popcorn, jumbo candy bars and vats of soda. They’re queuing to watch “The Hunger Games.”
In these tumultuous times, Americans seem to have trouble finding common ground. But it’s safe to say that most of us can agree that gasoline, at around $4 per gallon, is uncomfortably expensive.
Sometimes bad news can be good news. For example, maybe you’ve heard that our country is likely to smash through another debt ceiling this autumn.
It almost feels like summer in Washington, D.C. At least as far as the sport scene is concerned.
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