Democrats hope the GOP’s wishy-washiness in continuing to side-step immigration reform sways the Latino vote over to their side of the ballroom.
When House Speaker John Boehner announced on Thursday that comprehensive immigration reform was unlikely to pass this year, the news sunk Democrats in the House and the Senate who had spent well over a year working on the bill. But it may prove to be a lifeline. Why? Because Democrats in the Senate are facing an awful difficult electoral environment in which to defend their 55-45 majority. According to political forecasts, six of the seats most likely to flip—and nine of the top 11—are held by Democrats.
It’s almost inevitable that Michael Sam will be drafted after coming out of the closet Sunday. When he is, decades of debate about what would happen in such an event will be tried in real life.
In September 2014, the NFL will start the season as usual. There will be fireworks and jets flying over the stadiums. But, when the players stand along the sidelines, silently mouthing the words to the Star Spangled Banner and waiting for the game to begin, something will be different. Almost certainly, at least one player will be openly gay. The NFL was founded in 1920 and it’s almost certain that gays have played in the league since its inception, when teams like the Canton Bulldogs faced off against the Dayton Triangles.
A Florida man shot and killed the 17-year-old in a parking lot dispute over hip-hop. Why is standing out still a death sentence for black kids in America?
There was a time when a little music, even a whistle, could get a young man killed.Or at least that was the case with a kid named Emmett. He was a boy of 14, Chicago born and raised, with a persistent stutter left over from an early bout with polio. But Emmett was as confident as they come. A prankster, he would tease his friends and put underwear over their heads while they slept. Emmett was also serious at times, and knew how to stand up for himself.
Creationist Ken Ham is a modestly-educated Australian schoolteacher. But America's long tradition of anti-intellectualism helped him become a star religious entrepreneur.
Ken Ham’s widely watched debate with Bill Nye has brought America’s most significant fundamentalist onto the radar screen of millions of Americans for the first time. Many are shocked to discover that such views still exist and, as polls remind us, are held by more than a hundred million Americans. The Ken Ham phenomenon is uniquely American. Creationism exists largely as an American export in other countries, and I am bombarded with inquiries when I speak on this topic in Europe.
The monster tech firms are stifling competition and consolidating their power while they expand into new markets. Like the old industrial magnates, they want to control everything.
The iconic view of tech companies almost invariably stress their roots in people’s garages, plucky individual entrepreneurs ready to challenge all comers. Yet increasingly the leading tech firms – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and especially Google – have morphed into vast tech conglomerates, with hands in ever more numerous, and sometimes not obvious, fields of endeavor.Ironically, the very entrepreneurial form that defeated Japan’s bid for global technological dominance is morphing into an American version of the famed keiretsu that have long dominated the Japanese economy.
Citizens on the left and right agree that the government is in dire need of reform. So why are the political parties, including the Tea Party, of so little help when it comes to working for legitimate reform?
Walking across New Hampshire last month, recruiting citizens in the “Live Free” state to the cause of fundamental reform—a 185 mile walk that we just finished, with about a hundred crossing the finishing line: read more here—I met a man who told me he was a “conservative Republican,” which, as he explained is “spelled ‘T E A P A R T Y.’” “What’s the chance,” he asked me, “of getting one of us to take this issue on? What Tea Party candidates are with you?”His question reminded me of just how different New Hampshire is—at least from the world within the beltway of D.
What started with cowpunchers has expanded to South American gauchos and more.
ELKO, Nevada—Rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski can’t help grinning when he thinks of the National Poetry Gathering’s early days. In the late 1980s, the Elko Convention Center auditorium was filled to ranch folks on holiday and most of the cowboy poets were just off the range. Now finishing its 30th year, the poetry gathering has gained national prominence and a certain cache. It still draws its share of working buckaroos and ranch bosses, but take a seat at bars inside the Star Hotel Basque restaurant, the Pioneer Saloon or the venerable Stockman’s, and you’re as likely to strike up a conversation with a college professor as you are cowpuncher with calloused hands.
Those who sold heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman are morally culpable for his death. But they shouldn’t be legally culpable.
Whenever a celebrity dies of a self-administered drug, particularly heroin, efforts are made to locate and prosecute those who provided the drug. As I wrote back in the 1980’s, following the overdose death of comedian John Belushi and the prosecution of Cathy Smith, the woman who provided him the drugs, “That issue [holding the supplier criminally responsible for the death] seems to capture public attention primarily when famous people overdose.
A group of Waco-based anti-abortion activists have launched a boycott of Girl Scout cookies—and all because the Girl Scouts of America tweeted a Huff Po list featuring Wendy Davis.
The new gluten-free shortbread cookies should have been the most controversial part of the 2014 Girl Scout cookie campaign.Instead, pro-life groups across the country have banded together to launch CookieCott 2014, a boycott of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other tasty pastries because the Girl Scout’s national leadership “continues to show its attachment to pro-abortion leaders and organizations.”What began as a local effort through Pro-Life Waco has rallied anti-abortion groups across the country, including Pro-Life Wisconsin.
He was Wyclef Jean’s musical director and even jammed with Bowie. A look at Robert Vineberg, the virtuoso who’s being held without bail in the wake of the Oscar winner’s fatal overdose.
On the drive from her home to her father's wake on Thursday, Philip Seymour Hoffman's younger daughter fell asleep. And of all the scenes ever witnessed at the entrance to the Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel over the decades—it has handled everybody from Irving Berlin to Biggie Smalls to Joan Crawford to John Lennon to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Damon Runyon to Walter Cronkite to Tennessee Williams to Heath Ledger to Jack Maple and such 9/11 FDNY heroes as Terry Hatton and Michael Carroll and Pat Brown—there has never been a sight so searing as that dozing little girl being carried inside by her mother.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
Republican joke-writers were shocked by Ted Cruz’s smoothly comedic performance at the Gridiron Club this weekend. And yes, there is such a thing as Republican joke-writers.