Cruz: Tea Party Senator, Far Right 2016 Candidate

31 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The Texas U.S. senator has been in office for just seven months and already is looking like a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Last week, Cruz won a straw poll at a major gathering of the party’s… read full story

Anthony Weiner: Signs of a Crack Up

30 July 2013 |permalink | email article

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine published in April, Weiner denied that his original misbehavior was a result of troubles in his marriage. He spoke of feeling isolated, saying he did not like “being in empty… read full story

Profiling Obama

29 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times , has raised an important question. “Why is it President Obama’s job to confront American’s racism. The answer is that there’s sort of persistent misperception that talking about… read full story

War Over Health Care Exchanges

27 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Federal and state governments are entering the home stretch in the race to carry out the most important health care reform in more than four decades. The most pressing task is to establish new health care exchanges, the electronic… read full story

Democrats in Flux on Economy

25 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the former Harvard law professor, has suddenly emerged as that state’s senior senator as a freshman. As the New York Times reported this week she has been the center of two issues that will… read full story

Mitch McConnell Faces Rare Woman Challenger

24 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The 71-year-old- Republican fixture in Washington is preparing to fend off a challenge by Alison Lundergan Grimes, a 34-four-old Democratic political newcomer. His team says he will address and even embrace the gender and generational differences between them. His… read full story

Warmed-Over Jobs Message

23 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“I don’t normally do this,”President Obama’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in the subject line of an email to reporters on Sunday night. As Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank wrote, this was tantalizing. What would this top White House… read full story

Mitch McConnell: No Free Ride In 2014

22 July 2013 |permalink | email article

A tea party challenger signaled Monday that he plains to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s GOP primary in Kentucky. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin’s entry in the race would force a major shift in the… read full story

Francis: Focus on Social Justice

22 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The new pope, in his first venture abroad, arrived in Brazil today on a weeklong visit to the world’s largest Roman Catholic country. “This is a crucial moment for the church, the nation, society and the people, heightened by… read full story

Liz Cheney’s Wyo. Senate Run

20 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is leading Liz Cheney by more than 30 points in the GOP primary to keep his Senate seat, according to a new poll. He gets 55 percent in the poll, compared with 21 percent… read full story

Catholic Educators Push Immigration Bill

19 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The presidents of 93 colleges and universities have sent a letter to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, and the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for… read full story

House Fights Losing Affordable Care Battle

18 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Since early 2011, the House has voted more than 37 times to repeal all or part of the law, to scale it back, or to cut financing for its operation. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said… read full story

Trayvon Martin’s Legacy

17 July 2013 |permalink | email article

In the end what is most frightening is that there are so many people with guns who are like George Zimmerman. Fear and racism may never be fully eliminated by legislative or judicial order, but neither should our laws… read full story

Black Boys Denied The Right To be Young

16 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, in a post long to be remembered, wrote that justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was             killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised,… read full story

Thinking The Unthinkable

15 July 2013 |permalink | email article

George Zimmerman spent Sunday in seclusion after a six-person jury of all white women found him not quilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter Saturday night. The Los Angeles Times reported that one of his attorneys said Zimmerman intended to… read full story

Screw The Food Stamps Program

14 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“We’ll get to that later.” That was the dismissive answer of Speaker John Boehner last week when asked if the House would restore the food stamps program it had coldly ripped out of the farm bill. “Later,” he said,… read full story

Garcetti’s Weak Joke

12 July 2013 |permalink | email article

L.A.‘s new mayor was asked this week if he has an opinion on the rumor about the billionaire Koch brothers possibly wanting to buy the Los Angeles Times. He took the safe route and quipped that he would prefer… read full story

House GOP Resists Senate Plan For Immigraton Overhaul

11 July 2013 |permalink | email article

House Republicans met just hours after former President George W. Bush added his voice to the immigration debate during a naturalization ceremony at his new presidential center outside Dallas.“The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working.We’re now in an… read full story

Detroit: Quotation Of The Day

09 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“The city is past being a city now. It’s gone.” Kendrick Benguche, a resident in Detroit, whose family lives on a block with a single streetlight, just down from a vacant firehouse that sits beside a burnedout home.

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Ways to Praise Jarrett in ‘This Town’

06 July 2013 |permalink | email article

A 33-point memo detailing ways to praise top White House aide Valerie Jarrett was send out by staffers shortly after an unflattering profile of the adviser was published in The New York Times last year, the new book “This… read full story

Putin Is Not Amused

06 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden has finally received offers of asylum from Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega, of Nicaragua. In Russia, officials have expressed dismay over Snowden’s continuing sojourn in the transit zone of Shermetyevo… read full story

Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal

05 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been for many years, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery… read full story

Tribune’s $2.7 Billion Deal for 19 Local TV Stations

02 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The purchase shows that the Chicago company intends to remake itself as a TV broadcaster with less emphasis on newspapers. Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune, said Monday would have no bearing on the future of newspapers like the Los… read full story

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