Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
culture war

Merry Christmas: The Message From The Manger

It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.

December 24, 2016
A demonstrator dressed as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protests outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Trump Drives Spike Into Culture War Politics

Our friends the Koch brothers routinely give money to socially conservative groups to win over middle- or working-class followers otherwise not served by the family’s economic agenda. The brothers themselves have shrugged at gay marriage, saying they have no problem with it. Perhaps, just perhaps, the working-class whites targeted by culture warriors don’t really care all that much about these issues.

May 5, 2016
Neil dGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is A Nice Man

When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, “What a nice man.” He was on the TV screens at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, where he’s director, urging us to behold the wonder of — to use the Biblical term — the heavens. That impression only grew on seeing his television show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Here he […]

August 14, 2014

Welcome To The New Normal

President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York […]

March 3, 2014