In my early teens, I was captivated by a verse I heard from the "Rubaiyat" by the Persian poet Omar Khayyam:
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This is becoming another summer that didn't quite happen. It follows the bum summer of 2020, which was canceled by COVID-19.
I wish I could be a Cheney fan. I really do. Rep. Liz Cheney has conducted herself honorably for the past nine months. Her courage in telling the truth about the election and the insurrection of Jan. 6 has been punished by the Republican conference, which booted her from leadership and repla…
Former President Donald J. Trump recently filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Miami against the Big Tech companies that have denied him a platform. He has targeted Twitter and Facebook, whose media platforms he had used with spectacular success before and during his presidency to ad…
A lot of people don't care about the nation's growing debt. Some believe that low interest rates for the foreseeable future essentially means a free lunch for the government. Others believe that no matter what the cost of this debt, it is all worth it because of the purported higher returns …
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She is 8 years old.
On so many levels, the big right-wing outrage these days about the assertion that racism has been a powerful force in American history and society is such a crazy thing! (And so ugly.)
Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.
Every policy wonk will tell you that after you live in Washington long enough, you start seeing the same issues reemerge on a regular basis. Common ones are praise for the magical ability of government spending to help pay for itself during recessions and handwringing over the myth of middle…
Sometimes history brings people painful disillusionment. Two examples:
The CEO of Morgan Stanley wants all the boys and girls back in the financial giant's Times Square office by Labor Day. "If you can go to a restaurant in New York City," James Gorman told them, "you can come into the office. And we want you in the office."
Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it's hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults — about 4.4 million citizens — are currently under some sort of community supervision.
Almost exactly 60 years ago, the newly appointed Chadian ambassador to the United States, Adam Malick Sow, was heading south on Maryland's Route 40 toward Washington, D.C. He stopped at the Bonnie Brae diner and asked for a menu. The owner, Mrs. Leroy Merritt, sneered, "We don't serve n-----…
There was a time when soccer (as Americans call European football) was known as o jogo bonito, the beautiful game that could be played by men, women and children all over the world. A Brazilian player became the epitome of that Portuguese definition. His name was Pelé and his popularity as a…
There’s a reason that Christianity presents the combination of “Peace on Earth” and “Goodwill to Men” as a central message about the Good in the human world:
Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on Jake Tapper's CNN show last weekend, and for a few brief minutes, I felt transported to a saner world. Asked about the gross things some on the right are saying about Gen. Mark Milley, he responded that "Gen. Milley is a person of extraordinary accomplishment and…
A funny thing happened on the way to California's collapse. It didn't happen.
For Derek Chauvin, nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds have turned into twenty-two and a half years -- the prison sentence he recently received for the murder of George Floyd.
How often do African Americans have to save the Democratic Party from its left wing? With Black voters having just thrust a moderate ex-cop to the head of the pack in New York City's mayoral race, it's the second time in just over a year they've done it.
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On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner." Set to the British tune "To Anacreon in Heaven," "The Star-Spangled Banner" is inarguably one of the most difficult national anthems to sing.
I owe a lot to Gary Mahoney.
In the event that a group of U.S. senators cannot agree on committing enough money to a bipartisan infrastructure plan, Democrats are reportedly considering a $6 trillion plan of their own. It would probably be best described as a package full of progressive items wrapped in magical thinking paper.
Perhaps you've heard about charges being dropped against most of last summer's George Floyd protestors. Prosecutors from Oregon to New York have chosen not to pursue a host of different charges against those arrested after peaceful protests turned into destructive riots.
There was a Father's Day parade in Washington, D.C., last week that warmed my family obsessed heart. It was called the Black Fathers Matter motorcade, and it featured silver and black balloons, a band serenading the crowd aboard a flatbed truck, kids singing their dads' praises, community le…
Major conflicts often end up getting focused on a particular battlefield. Like Gettysburg – in the American Civil War. Like Waterloo – where the battle that ended the Napoleonic era was fought.
Ed Litton is the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, or the SBC. Observing some of the commentary online and engaged with a number of friends, one might think the communists just took over the Baptists. The more that one is involved in Republican politics, the more one is likel…
China is America’s economic rival. The way capitalists deal with rivals is to compete. President Joe Biden vows to compete with this rival on the rival’s terms. He calls it “extreme competition.”
Let's talk calmly and objectively about U.S. immigration policy, shall we? And let's focus on what's happened so far this year following our nation's latest changes in strategy. Those changes have sparked an unprecedented flood of refugees across our southern border.
Conservatives have a special purgatory for uppity black women who dare question America's founding myths.
So many times in my life I’ve had to face the same vexing question: “What does this silence mean?”
I did not attend my high school graduation. My family had a lot on its shoulders. My dad and stepmom were going through a divorce. I was told the Friday before my senior prom that it was over.
"Letting adolescents have their way." That's one way to describe two public policies, advocated vociferously by woke liberals, opposed surely by most. One primarily affects young men, the other primarily young women.
As lockdowns sent city dwellers "fleeing" to the suburbs for more space, the prices of homes offering that space took off. To play in the bidding wars, homebuyers had to cough up big money and chain themselves to giant mortgages. This painful scenario led many to choose renting over buying, …
If QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory, the Democrats' allegations that Republicans are killing democracy is the left's conspiracy. They have convinced themselves that the Jan. 6, 2021, incursion into the Capitol was the worst event since the Civil War.
At long last, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are inching closer and closer each day to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic here in America.
"If you elect us, we will repeal Obamacare," Republicans claimed in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Each victory brought a goal post shift. Ultimately, the Republican Party never got rid of the Affordable Care Act. The same happened with Planned Parenthood. Despite Republican control, reconciliat…
Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked recently about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: "They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy."
When I was 8, my stepmother bought me a packet of seeds, bachelor's buttons, and we planted them in the backyard. We hadn't known each other long, and this is one of my first memories of us together. The flowers grew leggy and sparse, but I was thrilled. Our new relationship budded, too. Whe…
In “Under the Banner of ‘Life’s Flourishing,’” I argued that the Good is completely tied into the values that were instilled into our world through Life’s development on Earth:
Last June, eight guys in Brooklyn put their heads together, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and came up with a scheme to steal strangers' identities and take what didn't belong to them.
Palm Springs, California, has a world-class art museum. And the museum building is itself a world-class example of midcentury modern architecture.
A reasonable person living in the United States over the past 17 years might have been occasionally tempted to emulate a type of cicada that lives in the regions around Washington, D.C.
The conversation started on a long Uber ride. The driver, originally from Colombia, said he knows a lot of Colombians living in the U.S. "without papers." He argued that they are good people paying taxes and should be left alone. I responded that I believe they are good people paying taxes b…