Philadelphia Monsiginor’s Case Overturned

27 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The Philadelphia district attorney who pressed the case, R.Seth Williams, said in a statement Thursday, “I am disappointed and strongly disagree with the court’s decision. Whether or not the conviction stands up, Monsignor William J. Lynn’s trial remains a… read full story

Christie’s Growing Bully Image

25 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The early conventional wisdom among Republicans is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the leading candidate for his party’s presidential nomination in 20016. In 2010, John F. McKeon, a New Jersey assemblyman, made what he thought was a mild… read full story

John McCain: Learning to Let Go

22 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The ‘Brave Maverick’ who became the ‘Bitter Old Man’ is now ‘Learning to Let Go and ‘Looking Back On His Life.’ How McCain turned his cliches into meaning. Mark Leibovich is the New York Times Magazine’s chief correspondent.
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Obama’s Bland Reassurances

21 December 2013 |permalink | email article

In a New York Times editorial Saturday on runaway surveillance, by the time the president gave his news conference on Friday, there was really only one course of action to take on surveillance policy from an ethical, moral, constitutional… read full story

The Austerity Issue

20 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman has pointed out that it’s true that the human cost has been nothing like what happened during the 1930. But that’s thanks to government policies like employment and a strong social safety net—the very policies austerians insisted… read full story

White House Warning To Congress

19 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Congressional authorities on Thursday that the government could be out of borrowing authority by February if the debt sealing is not raised.

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Pope Replaces Conservative U.S. Cardinal on Key Committee

18 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Francis moved on Monday against an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage, by replacing Cardinal Raymond Burke with another American who is less identified with the cultural wars within the Roman Catholic Church. It was a signal that… read full story

Why Inequality Matters

16 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman notes that it does matter. But politicians, intimidated by crises of “class warfare,” have shied away from making a major issue out of the evergrowing gap between the rich and the rest. That may, however, be changing.… read full story

Pope not a Marxist

15 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Political conservatives are now trying to accuse Pope Francis of being a Marxist. But he told the Italian newspaper La Stampa he has met Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended. “I am… read full story

Paul Ryan’s Very Big Week

15 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The chairman of the House Budget Committee teamed up with Democratic Sen. Patty Murry and succeeded in crafting a bipartisan budget. More important for Ryan was that he finished first in a new Iowa poll among 10 potential Republican… read full story

Mike Huckbee’s Eye on 2016

14 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The former governor of Arkansas has not been among Republicans frequently named as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but “I’m keeping the door open and would like that to change.” In an interview last week in Little Rock he… read full story

Joe’s Birthday

14 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Sorry we never connected.

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John Boehner Finds His Grove

12 December 2013 |permalink | email article

The House Speaker ‘s rare public rebuke of conservative groups who oppose a pending bipartisan deal marks his clearest signal yet that GOP leadership has had enough of tea party-driven intransigence. They’re using our members and they’‘re using the… read full story

Honoring Roger Angell

11 December 2013 |permalink | email article

His graceful prose has made him baseball’s foremost essayist for more than half a century, and Angell, 93, will be honored at the Hall of Fame next summer as the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award . A senior editor at The New Yorker and the first winner not to be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which made the announcement of Tuesday. Angell’s elegant style and rich, erudite writing have always set him above the rest. It’s a great day—for me, if not for baseball. He first contributed to The New Yorker in 1944 and became its fiction editor in 1956. He first wrote about baseball in 1962. Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to is to succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. Angell wrote in 1971. “You remain forever young.”

His graceful prose, and baseball’s foremost essayist for more than half a century, will be honored at the Hall of Fame next summer. Angell, 93, a senior writer at The New Yorker and is the first winner not to… read full story

Ex-Clinton Aide to Join Obama

10 December 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama, at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the long-time Democratic strategist John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. Podesta, who has agreed to serve as… read full story

Nelson Mandela, Communist

08 December 2013 |permalink | email article

A third reason the Communist affiliation matters is that it helps explain why South Africa has not made greater progress toward improving the lives of its large underclass, rooting out corruption and unifying a fractious populance.—- In the end,… read full story

Coaltion of Liberials Strikes Back at Centrist Democrats

07 December 2013 |permalink | email article

As a sign of the left’s new aggressiveness, a coalition of liberals have urged their members to contact a group of congressional Democrats who are honorary leaders of the centrist group, Third Way. In a Wall Street Journal opened… read full story

Warren Passes on Run for President

05 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the freshman Massachusetts Democrat, widely mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, said Wednesday that she would not run. “I will serve out my term which expires in January, 2019. “I am working as hard… read full story

Yes, The Drones Have Arrived

04 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Maureen Dowd notes in her New York Tiimes column that the novelty of flying cars never arrived. But flying novels are right around the corner.  If you aren’t nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Goggle… read full story

View of Church as Anti-Gay Is a Caricature

01 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said on Friday that the Roman Catholic Church was being “caricatured as being anti-gay,” even as he lamented the continued expansion of same-sex marriage in the United States and vowed to keep… read full story

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