Now that we have absolute proof Russia interfered in the 2016 election and knows it is free to intervene in the 2020 U.S. elections with impunity, let us turn to the stunning amount of old-fashioned corruption going on in your nation’s capital. The number of top administration officials who have left their jobs in the past two and a half years because of malfeasance is far higher than normal. (It must be made clear here that both Democrats and Republicans in office throughout our history have taken advantage of their positions to make themselves or their families and friends richer. But we now see more openly outrageous behavior than most of us could have imagined.)
President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.
Along with the rise of women and the expansion of civil rights, the most important social transformation of America’s first quarter-millennium has been the triumph of modern agriculture over the famine and ceaseless, backbreaking effort simply to feed one’s self that had been the dominant fact of human life throughout history. Most of those who preceded us lived their entire lives on the farm. A little more than a century ago, a third of all Americans were farmers. Successive revolutions in mechanization, horticulture and biotechnology have been an enormous blessing, enabling a tiny percentage of Americans – today fewer than 2% – to feed the rest of us and much of the world. Incalculable human talent has been liberated to invent all the other miracles we enjoy. We spend less of our income on food than any society ever.
The power of Donald Trump’s insults is apparently limited to members of his own party.
Metaphor alert! The friendship tree has died. Fourteen months ago, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stood on the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremonial planting of a young oak from France’s Belleau Wood, where American soldiers fought in World War I.
Last January, Boeing was poised for another record year. The company’s order book burst at the seams. Things seemed to be going Boeing’s way. In 2019, Boeing planned to step up deliveries of KC46 aerial refueling jets to the U.S. Air Force and the new 777 composite-wing jumbo jet was entering its crucial test phases, with plans to begin deliveries within the next two years. Boeing’s contracts for new aircraft climbed to 1,500 Dreamliners (787) and over 5,000 Max (737) jets.
One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe Biden to abandon his support for the Hyde Amendment – which currently prevents the funding of abortions through Medicare – the abortion lobby and activist liberals have taken the first, major step toward re-electing Donald Trump. The problem here is not only that Biden appears weak and vacillating on an issue of conscience – which he does. Or that he will now be pressured to repudiate every hint of moderation in his 36-year legislative career – though he will be. The Hyde Amendment has played a particularly important role for Catholic politicians. It has allowed them to draw a distinction between permitting abortion and promoting it. Supporting the amendment has let them claim neutrality on abortion even while being effectively pro-choice. For Biden, this fig leaf is now removed. And seeing a 76-year-old man religiously and ethically naked is unappealing.
Former White House counsel John Dean’s opening statement Monday before the House Judiciary Committee laid out a compelling series of parallels between Donald Trump and Watergate.
The lessons of the past do not seem to have been absorbed or analyzed with significant rigor. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention knows that government has expanded substantially over the past half century.
This miniseries needs to be seen and internalized. It’s not just a story of justice denied. It is also the story of a harsh truth most dark-skinned people are forced to learn at some point.
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything. I’d love to hear a plan for making abortion irrelevant.
If Mexican officials think Republicans in the U.S. Senate are going to save them from Trump’s tariffs, it’s time for them to think again.
If NATO were an old-fashioned sort of alliance, President Trump’s language might not matter. But NATO is a defensive alliance: It exists not to attack but to deter, precisely so that we don’t have to fight another battle as bloody as D-Day.
I expected that speaking out on Alabama’s recent abortion restrictions would have consequences, but I never could have imagined the response from the University of Alabama, which on Friday said they would be returning my gift and removing my name from the law school.
There are no more dog-whistles. Abortion is front and center, and will be one of the key issues in the 2020 election.
Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, aren’t doing well. According to a recent study, about half of New York’s Uber drivers are supporting families with children, yet 40 percent qualify for Medicaid and another 18 percent qualify for food stamps.
The Rev. Franklin Graham’s recent declaration of a “special day of prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump” last Sunday had a very different theological flavor.
Paperwork – both real and electronic – is driving many doctors to go part-time or leave the profession altogether.
The trade standoff between the United States and China suggests that the long-established ‘most favored nation’ approach is giving way to rival economic blocs that, increasingly, control international trade and investment.
Facebook has a decision to make. Because in a war for truth, there are no conscientious objectors.
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