Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was still learning the ways of Washington, he says, when he saw a police officer following his car near Capitol Hill. “I took a left…,” he recalled in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, “and as soon as I took a left, a police officer pulled in right behind me.”
Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. One of those people is Donald Trump, who happened to arrive in Scotland as the news of the “Brexit” came in. Unsurprisingly he took him no time at all to make the story all about himself.
When public officials refuse to release a video that shows alleged misconduct by a police officer, you should only expect the worst. That’s particularly true in Chicago.
I heard in Coates’ impatience the voice of my own son, who tends to be far more eager to gripe about how far we have to go as a nation than to express appreciation for how far we have come.
Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]
I’ve heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: “You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?” Of course, that’s not a real argument. Yet I hear it a lot, which means it probably originates somewhere in the nation’s […]
Private businesses are trying to block Obamacare on religious grounds? What do companies worship besides, perhaps, the almighty dollar? That’s the question at the heart of two conflicting rulings from lower courts that the Supreme Court has decided to take up in its second constitutional showdown over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Since the […]
“I’m seldom accused of being too nice,” writes Rep. Luis Gutierrez in his lively new autobiography. Yet the feisty and frank Chicago Democrat has been sounding a lot like Mr. Nice Guy these days as he tries to salvage immigration reform in the GOP-controlled House. His book, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to […]
Observing Washington politics close-up has given me a new appreciation of Shakespeare. Now I see where he got his ideas. “Today, you could say that almost all of our political rhetoric, comes from two books from the 16th and 17th centuries: the King James Bible and Shakespeare’s plays,” Michael Witmore, director of Folger Shakespeare Library, […]
Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans. That “radical Republican” label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party’s progressive wing. They were opposed during the Civil War and through Reconstruction by the party’s liberals and conservatives. They strongly opposed slavery, […]
What if we had a mass shooting and nobody noticed? That gloomy thought came to mind as I listened to the unsettling sound of silence that followed the September 16 Navy Yard shooting in the nation’s capital that killed 12 people, plus the shooter. Three days later it came to mind again as a shooting […]
New polls tell us that the public’s attitudes about race relations have taken a bad hit since President Barack Obama’s historic election. Can we all get along? Obama’s election was a marvelous measure of how far we have come in race relations. His taking office revealed how far we still have to go. It didn’t […]
Immigration ironically has become the sort of wedge issue for Republicans that Republicans used to inflict on Democrats. Back when liberal Democrats dominated Washington in the 1960s, Republicans like Richard M. Nixon divided their opposition with issues like racial quotas, welfare reform and “crime in the streets.” Their success showed up in the “Reagan Democrats,” […]
When the National Rifle Association promised “meaningful contributions” to prevent another massacre like the recent horror in Newtown, Conn., I didn’t expect much, but I hoped for more than what we got. After a mentally ill gunman killed 20 children and seven adults, including himself, a remorseful public has been jerked alert once again to […]