May 12, 2013 |
There are two things you can do for your mother on Mother's Day. One is to say "thank you. " (Over lunch, with flowers.) The other is to ask her for advice - even if she's not convinced you really want it. "I don't think kids take any advice from their parents after they're 12," my mother told me last week. "But maybe they'll consider it. If they consider it, that's all you can ask. " Lois Doyle McManus is 87, and arthritis is getting in the way of her piano career. Her most recent performance, a concert with a community college orchestra, was last month.
May 1, 2013 |
Barack Obama really, really does not want to get tangled up in Syria. For almost a year, Obama's secretaries of State - first Hillary Rodham Clinton, now John Kerry - have pressed the president for more aid to the insurgents who are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama and his White House aides have resisted, fearing a slippery slope that would lead inexorably to U.S. military intervention and the kind of messy Middle Eastern war he campaigned against in 2008.
April 25, 2013
Jimmy Carter gets revenge on Barack Obama with the help of James Earl Jones in a Chicago Blackhawks locker room.
April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Sometimes, in the hubbub of Washington, it takes a personal story to grab government officials' attention. Enter Patrick Ivison, an 18-year-old USC freshman who was left a quadriplegic as a toddler when a neighbor accidentally backed a car over him. He was at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, telling his story in an effort to persuade federal regulators to complete work on a requirement for back-up cameras in new cars. He was joined at a news conference by parents who held up pictures of their children killed in back-over accidents.
April 11, 2013 |
The Republican National Committee's Spring gathering is taking place this week at Loews Hollywood. That is not Hollywood, Fla., or Hollywood, S.C., or Hollywood, Ala. - all real towns in really red states - but Hollywood, Calif., the place where Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, George Clooney and the rest of the entertainment industry's liberal horde earn their keep. Like Nixon going to China, the Republicans have entered hostile territory.
April 10, 2013 |
David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, is joining the list of one-time Obama administration officials who will be penning memoirs next year, Penguin Press has announced . Other Obama administration officials with books on the way include former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Axelrod's book is scheduled for a fall 2014 release. "Over the past 30 years as a journalist, political consultant and senior advisor to the President, David Axelrod has had a front-row seat to our political process at every level," Penguin Press editor-in-chief Ann Godoff said in a statement, "His idealism is infectious and his storytelling gifts are prodigious.