December 28, 2013
Re "The U.S.-Israel rift that isn't," Opinion, Dec. 24 There is an old prayer: "God protect me from my friends, and I will protect myself from my enemies. " That's the way it is with the U.S.-Israel friendship. In the last U.S. election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly supported Republican Mitt Romney. And though Romney has moved on, Netanyahu apparently hasn't. It is in our country's interest to achieve a reasonable agreement on Iran's nuclear program, which may not necessarily be on the terms that Netanyahu wants.
December 27, 2013 |
Pope Francis is everyone's man of the year, so if you're a critic of President Obama you might want to try to portray the president as anti-pope. It sounds crazy, but that's exactly what two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican try to do in a bizarre op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. In a piece titled " A Mystifying U.S. Diplomatic Pullback From the Vatican ," former ambassadors Jim Nicholson and Ray Flynn criticize the Obama administration for planning to move the headquarters of the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican from a standalone office to surplus space in the U.S. Embassy to Italy.
December 18, 2013 |
Admittedly, I don't get a lot of my news from Fox News. But when I saw this headline Wednesday, “Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state,” well, let's just say they had me at “non-citizens caught voting.” Like Mitt Romney weeks later, and Karl Rove on election night, Fox has its own way of spinning the 2012 election. But hey, if voter fraud cost Romney Ohio, that's big news - bigger than President Obama being born in Kenya, bigger than Obamacare as the worst government disaster ever, bigger than Benghazi, bigger than Obama's uncle whom he did/didn't know, bigger than, well, you get the Fox(y)
December 18, 2013 |
As anyone who's watched even a few minutes of A&E's reality hit "Duck Dynasty" can tell you, Phil Robertson is a pretty conservative guy. But in an interview published in January's GQ Magazine , the duck call inventor and Roberston family patriarch goes on record with comments about the sinfulness of gays and black people under Jim Crow that are about as forward-thinking as his Old Testament facial hair. In the profile, an unedited Robertson...
December 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Three senior House members announced Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014, offering both parties prime pickup opportunities in the midterm election. The clearest opportunity for a party switch comes in Utah, where Democrat Jim Matheson said he would step down rather than make what would probably be another bruising run in the ruby-red state. Matheson won a seventh term in 2012 by just 768 votes against Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and a rising Republican star who plans to run again in 2014.
November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
November 8, 2013 |
Time magazine covers are no stranger to controversy. But did the latest one on Chris Christie go too far? After the Republican New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential contender coasted to reelection on Tuesday, the magazine put out a cover featuring his silhouette with the headline “The Elephant in the Room.” There's a triple entendre there: The elephant is something obvious but ignored. The elephant is the GOP symbol. And the elephant is also extra large and extra heavy.
November 7, 2013 |
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was declared the victor in his reelection campaign - a few seconds after the polls closed Tuesday night, so expansive was his win - the countdown immediately began. Fat jokes in 3 … 2 … 1. By Thursday, there it was on the cover of Time magazine : A side-view portrait of Christie, atop which rested the headline: “The Elephant in the Room. " A triple entendre: Elephant in the room = the obvious thing, being ignored. Elephant = Republican symbol.
November 6, 2013
Re "A plague on both your parties," Opinion, Nov. 3 Doyle McManus makes valid points regarding Americans' disgust at both parties on a variety of issues. With regard to the Affordable Care Act, there is nonstop coverage about the president's past declarations that those happy with their insurance policies could keep them. You can debate the degree of deceit - that is, whether it was poorly chosen words or an outright lie. What I don't hear anyone talking about is how this could have affected the 2012 election.
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October 30, 2013 |
The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it's running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. Jerry Brown deserves kudos, too. But it was Schwarzenegger who leapt in and became the nation's first governor to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act and begin planning to implement the ambitious program. "The Republican governor who preceded us jumped early and we accepted the baton that he tossed," says Diana Dooley, Brown's secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency.