Let us now praise ruthless men. And women.
Let us now praise ruthless men. And women.
The sound was so faint that I couldn’t quite pick out the tune the Marine Corps Band was playing in the background of President Obama’s State of the Union address last month when he stressed the importance of statesmanship and declared, “We must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” But now I’m pretty sure it was “Send in the Clowns.”
It’s not easy being pope. You have 2,000 years of tradition to defend. You have piles of doctrine and an ecclesiastical bureaucracy. Meanwhile, you have liberals clamoring for change.
The Religious Freedom Act, House Bill 2453, has a very narrow purpose. It prevents government from taking punitive action against an individual or a religious entity based on a sincerely held religious belief “related to, or related to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement.” It protects those on both sides of the marriage debate.
On Sunday night, Michael Sam made history. The college football standout and a top NFL draft pick publicly acknowledged that he is gay, which would make him the first athlete in a major American professional team sport to announce he is gay at the very beginning of his career.
This is a pivotal moment for the Common Core State Standards.
Most people accept the notion that politicians don’t always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential.
President Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast – and one is reluctant to criticize.
President Obama has been quite up-front about it: He refuses to enforce laws he dislikes and unilaterally changes others without the consent of Congress. The Supreme Court may soon have to decide the constitutionality of all this, but in the meantime many are wondering why Congress would believe it can trust the president to work with it in good faith on any issue.
It’s an odd thing.
“Originalism” is an influential theory of constitutional interpretation. In the 1960s, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, a prominent liberal, marched proudly under the originalist banner. In the modern era, originalism is championed by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the court’s most conservative members.
In 1995 I flew into the Caucasus on a Russian transport plane taking medical personnel back to the front in the province of Chechnya. This was the first of Moscow’s two recent wars against Chechens seeking independence, and it was going badly. The doctors and nurses on board had already seen hundreds of soldiers die and were slugging vodka from bottles to prep themselves for more carnage.
“I can say now I actually saw a live sonogram during a committee hearing. What probative value it has for the deliberative process I’m uncertain of.” – Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City
One of the most contentious issues today is government assistance for the poor. Our political discourse is plagued by interminable chatter about public versus private services – to almost no avail. If anything, this chatter undermines the difficult work undertaken by many to ensure others are treated justly and with dignity.
Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It’s already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you’d expect given the extravagant – and incessant – claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants.
For those who think the failures of the Arab Spring prove the Mideast is unsuited to democracy, Jordan’s Marwan Muasher begs to differ.
The Twitter misadventure of Kasey Knowles, “National American Miss Kansas 2013,” is the most recent proof that cheap talk no longer comes without a price. Social media have created a subculture in which prattle can carry a heavy price tag.
The state of Kansas filed a brief last week in support of Hobby Lobby’s effort to exempt itself from the requirement under the Affordable Care Act to provide contraception coverage as part of its employees’ health insurance. Our state attorney general, Derek Schmidt, says that the lawsuit is entirely about “religious liberty.”
It is no secret that the Obama administration’s Syria policy, to the extent that one exists, is failing.
Some Republicans envisioned a successful rope-a-dope strategy for this year’s elections: Don’t make mistakes, and let the Democrats stew in the juices of Obamacare and a strapped middle class.
Suppose a president of the United States delivered a State of the Union address and nobody cared? Isn’t that what happened last week when the increasingly irrelevant – and, yes, boring – Barack Obama droned on about predictable things in a predictable way?
Against all odds, prekindergarten is gaining ground.
The debate over immigration reform, rekindled last week by House Republican leaders, bears a superficial resemblance to last fall’s debate over the government shutdown.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates challenges some myths and provides new information about the George W. Bush White House in his new book, but you wouldn’t know it based on the early reporting and reviews of “Duty.”