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July 1 a reminder of strong U.S.-Canada relationship
MONTREAL -- When the United States celebrated its 150th birthday, Calvin Coolidge was president, Al Capone's gangsters were running wild in Chicago, NBC was just being formed, and Gene Tunney was girding to defeat Jack Dempsey. Generally, it was a quiet, contented country, not all that important in world affairs, not all that worried about war or depression.
Saturday, June 24, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Amyloid and Alzheimer's
Some years ago, my colleague and client Dr. Paul Aisen, an internationally recognized researcher of Alzheimer's disease and the director of the Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute at USC, discovered that people with Alzheimer's all have elevated levels of the protein amyloid in their brains.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

An essay on the 246 years of American slavery: Separating fact from myth
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t.
Friday, June 23, 2017

A Democratic blind spot on culture
How much do Democrats really want to defeat Donald Trump?
Friday, June 23, 2017

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Five more notes on Trump's current predicment
Not long ago I wrote that the danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter had changed dramatically in recent weeks. Now, in just the last few days, the situation has changed even more.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yes, hate speech is free speech
With the left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend -- the Supreme Court of the United States. 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No retirement talk from Dianne Feinstein, oldest US senator, at almost 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s oldest U.S. senator looks like she’s sticking around.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Question authority: Trump's shock to the system
Donald J. Trump may project the notion that he is the man with all the answers, but in truth he may go down in history as the man who inspired many of the important questions.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pelosi among lawmakers who favor more money for U.S. Capitol Police
WASHINGTON (AP) — The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety of themselves and their staff.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Statehood for Puerto Rico? Lessons from the last time we added a star to the flag

By David Stebenne,

The Ohio State University

 

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Puerto Ricans who turned out to vote in a referendum June 11 overwhelmingly expressed support for becoming the 51st state


Friday, June 16, 2017

He's a Republican now
Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

From The Sheriff's Desk: Let's learn from Colorado's experience. . .
TAYLORVILLE —  Three weeks ago, school administrators, county board members, government officials, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, substance abuse treatment and prevention professionals, parents, concerned citizens and I had the opportunity to listen to Jo McGuire speak on how the State of Colorado has been effected by the legalization of marijuana.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here we go again
Let's see: Whom can we blame?
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Five notes on Trump's current predicament
The danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter has changed dramatically in recent weeks.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Playing as best as we can
We played that funky music (that was the name of a song), wondered about Jimmy Carter (he was the man of the hour), worried about inflation (it was over 5 percent, and heading higher). We didn't think much about the stock market (the Dow hovered around 1,000) nor about the price of gasoline (it was 59 cents a gallon, more or less). We actually thought that more, not less, was our birthright. It was a long time ago.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The impeachment war
American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boy Scout Comey is no match for The Donald
WASHINGTON -- As it turns out, Donald Trump is the hope-and-change president.

According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away "the cloud" concerning the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. When Comey didn't, Trump changed Comey -- right out of a job.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Watching Comey today: For some politics-obsessed Americans, it's a party
WASHINGTON (AP) — Politics-obsessed Americans gathered at bars and restaurants Thursday with an excitement normally reserved for the Super Bowl or the World Series, ordering FBI sandwiches and morning shots of Russian vodka as James Comey testified about his dealings with President Donald Trump.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time to govern, Republicans
On Nov. 9, 2016, in the stunned afterglow of Republicans taking the White House and holding both chambers of Congress, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it plainly:
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?
In the new "Wonder Woman" movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind -- and she doesn't even read the internet.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Joe Biden talks the walk

Holy calamine lotion! Joe Biden has had an itch for more than 30 years. Thursday morning, he started scratching it again.

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Does the president believe in climate change or not? His aides won't say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does he or doesn’t he? Believe in climate change, that is.

You’d think that would be an easy enough question the day after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the landmark global accord aimed at combatting global warming.

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The age of unilateral rule
The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Jared Kushner's dilemma
Jared Kushner is being represented by one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, Jamie Gorelick, and he is going to need her. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

After blaming loss on DNC, the press and misogyny, Clinton now goes for Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that President Donald Trump has unleashed a level of hate and vitriol that is “incredibly dangerous.”
Friday, June 2, 2017

While controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward
New revelations come almost by the minute in the Trump-Russia affair. A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president's top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

The nonexistent case for the Paris accord
For a bull in the china shop, President Donald Trump has so far gingerly stepped around the Paris climate accord. That dance could end as soon as this week, with Trump deciding whether to stay in or opt out.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The wonderful world of Wall Street
Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians that?); and on and on it goes.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Focus on victims rewards terrorists
Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker's profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of "hate."
Monday, May 29, 2017

The Wonderful World of Wall Street
Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians that?); and on and on it goes.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

When push comes to shove
WASHINGTON — The shocking thing about Greg Gianforte's assault on a journalist isn't that he body-slammed and punched a reporter but that it took so long for the inevitable to occur.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Remembering a forgotten man, and his forgotten book
He was once a major figure in British colonial politics, the governor-general of Canada and author of "The Thirty-Nine Steps," which Alfred Hitchcock made into a famous film. But today the name John Buchan prompts no ripples of recognition. He is a figure from a fast-receding past -- a time when dash and daring were recognized and revered, when Kipling and Stevenson were read and remembered.
Friday, May 26, 2017

No collusion and now they're going for obstruction
Throughout the Trump-Russia investigation, the core question -- the question that mattered above all others -- was whether President Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to try to influence the 2016 election. If there were proof of that, the effect on Trump's presidency would have been devastating, and possibly fatal.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Campus liberals are too easy to bait
"Rising to the bait" is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone's dinner plate.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Not on our soil
The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of "chutzpah," if not necessarily the word.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump condemns Holocaust as 'most savage crime against God and his children'
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a short visit to Israel's national Holocaust memorial today, calling the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews "the most savage crime against God and his children" during the most sensitive stop on his two-day visit to Israel.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program.
Monday, May 22, 2017

The mysteries of American political philosophy
TORONTO -- The great Canadian historian John Bartlet Brebner, who taught at the University of Toronto before moving to Columbia, once said Americans were benevolently ignorant about Canada while Canadians were malevolently well-informed about the United States. Had he not died 60 years ago, he would have been astonished to see just how well-informed Canadians are about American affairs today, and how malevolently they view their neighbor to the south.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Embrace the robots
We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Show empathy for those living with mental health issues
 TAYLORVILLE — Think about the people you connect with throughout the course of the day – family, neighbors, coworkers and friends. Those who live with mental health conditions have their own story.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fact check: Does the US believe Western Wall is in Israel or just Jerusalem?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador, waded into a diplomatic minefield on Wednesday by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from U.S. policy.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The worst word in American politics
For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst -- "rigged."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When history is set in stone
A famous statue of Russian Czar Alexander II was dismantled during the Bolshevik revolution. So was a statue of Alexander III. A statue of Josef Stalin was removed from his hometown as recently as 2010. And this year in New Orleans, a fierce debate is raging over statues to Confederate heroes such as President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard.
Monday, May 15, 2017

A scandal about smoke
The cliche about the Russia investigation is that there's a lot of smoke, and with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump rolled a military-grade smoke grenade into the room.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Do-right women in a do-wrong world
For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad
What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

New VA head: It will take longer to end veteran homelessness
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama’s administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but he says it will take longer than his predecessor predicted.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The win-win twins

Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by whatever in the other -- each to his own mind born to win. 

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comey is gone, and the worst is yet to come

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comey is gone, and the worst is yet to come

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spending bill, not Obamacare, reveals deep GOP division
If you want to see what divides Republicans in Congress, don't look at the struggle to repeal and replace Obamacare. Look at spending.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Around the nation: Reaction to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

(AP) — Some Twitter reaction to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into allegations his campaign had ties to Russia.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

During World War I, a silent film spoke volumes about freedom of speech

By Eric P. Robinson,

University of South Carolina

(THE CONVERSATION) —  In the United States, “The Great War” led to unprecedented efforts by the federal government to control and restrict “unpatriotic” speech. But the boundary between speech that undermined the government and legitimate criticism was often unclear.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump's normality problem
White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president's top political adviser on the NSC. 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's the end of politics as we know it
Monday, May 8, 2017

Who Cares?

I was about to get into it with my son about President Donald Trump's suggestion that Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who died in 1845, could have avoided the Civil War (as if there were a compromise to be had on the question of expanding slavery into the territories), when he quickly dismissed me by pointing out that no one cares.

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

ABC, CBS, NBC join CNN in refusing to air Trump ad that blasts them
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC have joined CNN in refusing to air an advertisement that lists President Donald Trump’s accomplishments during his administration’s first 100 days while blaming the “fake news” media for not reporting on them.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Minnesota professor's coloring book pokes fun at college life and academia
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Julie Schumacher found plenty of fodder for her career detour into adult coloring books from two decades teaching at the University of Minnesota, which has its own therapy animals for stressed-out students to pet.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

A confederacy of dictators
It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president's ear. 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Lincoln, not Jackson

Donald Trump is trying to do for Andrew Jackson what Lin-Manuel Miranda did for Alexander Hamilton. 

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Has the Old Trump Magic Lost Its Spell?
Thursday, May 4, 2017

In our era of despair, history offers counsel
BUFFALO, New York -- A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Why can't house repeal obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to
"We're going to go when we have the votes," Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any "artificial deadline," Ryan declared.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What's Wrong With Obama's Getting $400,000 for a Speech?
Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left. "Distasteful," Bernie Sanders called it. Elizabeth Warren is "troubled," citing concern about "the influence of money" in politics.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trillion dollar federal budget deal would spare arts agencies
NEW YORK (AP) — The new federal spending bill would spare — and even slightly increase — funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump had proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rights group: Trump should seek accountability from Duterte
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should not roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, whom it accused of being a “mastermind” of mass murder because of his anti-drug crackdown in which thousands have died. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

With Obama, Clinton gone, GOP revives Pelosi as boogeyman

BILL BARROW

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ann Coulter the liberal
Because the California National Guard couldn't be mobilized in time, Ann Coulter had to withdraw from giving a speech at Berkeley.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Can we think our way past robots?
Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he's dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

The President goes bananas
Yet again, it's that pesky Constitution and those federal judges who take so seriously their obligation to uphold it, even when the king -- excuse me, the president -- is on the other side. 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shutdown showdown -- again

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No one owns science

Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Donald Jong Un
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What it means to be truly liberal on abortion
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints

By KEVIN FREKING

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Most of those complaints were compiled and made available for anyone to see as part of a database administered by the federal government.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they’re now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation’s highest courts.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Expo '67's lasting impact
MONTREAL -- If you were looking for a place to explore how the world has changed in the past half-century, you could do worse than venture here and contemplate the glory that was Expo 67, perhaps the greatest World's Fair of the 20th century and certainly the most popular.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Trump victory on the border

Donald Trump's saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong Un, but it's had an effect south of the border. 

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Senior citizen Sanders backs party youth to remake the Democratic party

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes alternate date
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — University of California, Berkeley officials said they have a “grave concern” of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her vow to speak next week at the university.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Murder while you watch
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Will Trump's order help US tech workers or not?
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump's long March problem
A new president needs to staff his administration with people who will be loyal to him. Donald Trump's problem is that he does not have enough loyalists to staff the White House, much less the entire executive branch.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No, Trump is not a neocon
 With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the "mother of all bombs" exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump's foreign policy?
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The strange and thankfully short ascendancy of Steve Bannon
President Trump didn't exactly boot Steve Bannon from his ruling circle of relatives and Wall Street hotshots he might like to have as relatives.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sean Spicer Must Go
The president's press secretary is either the stupidest person to ever hold a senior position in the White House or he's an outright anti-Semite. This is not a partisan issue. He is an embarrassment not just to the administration but also to our nation -- Republicans, Democrats, Jews, Christians, Muslims and all thinking people.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Low-rent for big bucks
Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O‚Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of millions -- his ratings went up.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

What It Takes
For years, I have been trying to figure out what it will take to make my students care about politics, to believe that elections do matter.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

With Syria attack, Trump uses element of surprise - on his voters
Belligerence is in the air in Washington. President Trump is enjoying (extremely rare) bi-partisan praise for a cruise-missile attack on Syria. There's tough talk from some Republicans about more. And even tougher talk about Russia. North Korea, too.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When the new frontier burned bright
Thursday morning they trooped to a Virginia hillside, speckled with white monuments standing out against the gray April skies, to reflect on, to salute, and then, with a bugler's sad tattoo, to bury the New Frontier.
Monday, April 10, 2017

During World War I, a silent film spoke volumes about freedom of speech

By Eric P. Robinson,

University of South Carolina

(THE CONVERSATION) —  In the United States, “The Great War” led to unprecedented efforts by the federal government to control and restrict “unpatriotic” speech. But the boundary between speech that undermined the government and legitimate criticism was often unclear.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Trump's normality problem
White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president's top political adviser on the NSC. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Thursday's Syria cruise missle strikes latest of 21st century US military forays
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration opened a new military front Thursday when it ordered dozens of cruise missiles against a Syrian air base, adding to a growing list of recent U.S. military forays. A look at where the United States has fought in the 21st century:
Friday, April 7, 2017

Tillerson visiting Moscow as US and russia face fresh tensions over Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — A proxy battle with Russia in Syria and multiple Russia-related investigations in the U.S. will follow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow next week on a trip designed to test the Trump administration’s hopes for closer ties to the former Cold War foe.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Can the president attack another country without Congress?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Schiff mum on what he saw at the White House
Thursday, April 6, 2017

A tragic hero takes his leave
People who experienced the phenomenon of Charles D. "Pug" Ravenel can't have helped wondering what might have been -- if only he had won.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Justice Gorsuch?
Judge Neil Gorsuch would never have been appointed to the Supreme Court by Hillary Clinton. He's way too conservative.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

What Woodrow Wilson set in motion
The American president was a romantic, a visionary, even a utopian. He was not without flaws; his racial views were offensive for his time, repugnant for ours. But he believed in human rights and the sanctity of human life. And he had a broad view of natural rights, and they included the freedom of the seas and the virtue of national self-determination. It was a toxic brew of ideas and ideals -- it would produce rhetorical majesty and personal and national tragedy -- but on April 2, 1917, he delivered the most important speech of his life, perhaps the most important speech of his time.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dystopia: Cyborgs at work, employees getting implanted with microchips
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

O'Reilly, Spicer comments help catapult Black Women At Work hashtag
(AP) — A pair of testy exchanges between high-profile black women and white men in the political spotlight launched a tweetstorm under the hashtag BlackWomenAtWork, validating the experiences of thousands of professional black women who say such slights are all too common.
Thursday, March 30, 2017












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