While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom — a fabulous place where taxes are cut, military spending is not, and budgets balance effortlessly. The coat of arms reads, "Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves."
Before it adjourned for the holidays, Congress delivered a message to hundreds of timber-dependent communities across the country that was anything but merry. By failing to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, Congress has forced forest counties all over the country to issue layoff notices to local schools and public offices that will take effect in early 2015.
Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. For decades, Cuba has been instructive as a museum of two stark failures: socialism and the U.S. embargo. Now, Cuba has become useful as a clarifier of different Republican flavors of foreign-policy thinking.
Sometimes, inexplicably, you find yourself at the intersection of dumb and clever, of foolish and inspired, of gutsy but harmless. Sometimes you arrive at a moment that will create a memorable story for years to come.
It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton, and President Obama are in no way responsible for the cold-blooded assassination of two police officers Saturday in Brooklyn. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.
If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I'd sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Rodman.
The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs, and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.
Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices.