Berry College’s national status was confirmed with its ranking in “America’s Top Colleges” for 2016 by Forbes magazine. The Rome-based liberal arts college with a Christian focus placed 387th nationally and came in seventh among the 14 Georgia schools on the Forbes list.
Politics is a brutal business. David Cameron thought he had a few more months in Downing Street but the removal vans were at the back door to Number 10 Tuesday, taking his belongings away in preparation for the arrival of his successor.
Presidential candidates invariably seek and often get endorsements from admired figures in American life. But Hillary Clinton apparently didn’t have to ask to get one of the most noteworthy signals of approval any politician could ask for — a criticism of her likely Republican opponent from a sitting justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hillary Clinton usually draws a stark contrast between her positions and Donald Trump’s. So it was odd to hear her campaign accusing him of channeling her during a recent speech. Trump, said her economic adviser Michael Shapiro, was “taking right from (Clinton’s) playbook on trade.”
This is the time for our community to rally around the men and women in law enforcement who keep us safe. They put their lives on the line every day — a statement that has never had greater import for those comprising the thin blue line.
It takes a special kind of person to become a police officer. These people often face sudden danger for little pay and lots of second-guessing. Fortunately, there are such men and women willing to do that to keep the rest of us safe, and most of them are honest, diligent public servants.
The decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to invite into its ranks 683 new members — its largest, most diverse class ever — earned the organization a somewhat less derisive Twitter hashtag, #OscarsNotSoWhite. But even though the group is 46 percent female and 41 percent people of color, those numbers will barely move the needle on the overall percentage of female and minority members in the academy, which is best known for nominating and selecting the Oscar winners each year.
Once again, the world has been reminded of the global threat of Islamic extremism, as news came of yet another terrorist attack. Suicide bombers attacked the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, leaving at least 41 dead and over 200 wounded. Our thoughts are with all those affected by such a senseless act of violence.
“Venezuela Saudita.” Saudi Venezuela. That was the country’s nickname in the 1970s, halcyon years when the oil boom filled the streets of Caracas with Cadillacs and Buicks. Free-spending Venezuelans routinely jetted off on shopping sprees to Miami, where in malls they were known for their catch phrase, “Dame dos!” (“Give me two of those!”)
Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through global financial markets and political bodies. The British exit, or “Brexit,” from the EU was a jolting reminder that when voters are frustrated with their governments, populism becomes a powerful political force.
Congress is giving the Aedes aegypti mosquito every chance to gain an advantage in the fight against the Zika virus. No one knows exactly when the first such mosquito will transmit the virus inside the U.S., but it might happen before lawmakers manage to pass a bill to pay for its prevention and control.
The possibility that the pilot at the controls in an airline cockpit has mental health problems that are not being addressed is pretty unnerving. So, it’s a step in the right direction for the Federal Aviation Administration to urge pilots struggling to maintain mental health to get treatment.
Few topics have spawned more commentary in recent years than unauthorized immigration, and few have generated as much pressure for a solution. But in a decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court provided a nine-word ruling — “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court,” it read in its entirety — and no resolution. So a matter that has roiled American politics and government for years will go on roiling.
If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump, last week’s big international news raised your prospects for a bright Nov. 8 as well. British citizens’ rebellion against the European Union is one more vindication of Trump’s campaign calculus on this side of the pond: Millions of voters in Western countries are furious about unchecked immigration, overweening government regulation and slow jobs growth after a recession that ended seven years ago this month.
Something is happening on gun control. There is a persistent flame of protest that is getting stronger instead of weaker, fanned by Americans who are disgusted at repeated outbreaks of gun violence — and not just from would-be terrorists.
State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, deserves credit for breaking the Republican hard-line opposition to Medicaid expansion in Georgia by telling a radio interviewer that Georgia should “re-examine” the notion.
A United Nations Global Trends survey released Monday reported that the world reached in 2015 an all-new high in refugees and internally displaced persons, a total of 65 million, with another 19 million forced to move by natural disasters.
Europe’s travails run wide and deep. The European Union has careened from one financial crisis to the next. The exodus of migrant refugees from the Middle East and North Africa has overwhelmed EU nations and stoked caustic nationalism across the continent. Terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have further eroded what once was Europe’s rock-solid sense of security.
In the last year, the Chinese authorities have cracked down on Hong Kong’s once-raucous publishing industry. At least five prominent booksellers have disappeared — one from a busy Hong Kong street, another from a border area and one at a seaside apartment in Thailand. Others were picked up after crossing into China for personal or professional business.
Hillary Clinton is safely on her way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as the party’s presumptive nominee for president, but that doesn’t mean she’s clinched the deal with skeptical voters.
Working in concert, science and government can save lives. A classic case: Federally funded research has shaped policies that have slashed the number of auto fatalities, even as more Americans are driving more miles every year.
Granted, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is in a very tight re-election race against Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Unlike many of his Capitol Hill colleagues, Kirk must be extra careful not to alienate swing voters. So perhaps Kirk didn’t have to muster much intestinal fortitude to declare that he “cannot and will not support” presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Even as Hillary Clinton’s clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination heralded a historic opening of the nation’s highest office to half the population, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was sounding a dramatic retreat from our halting, hard-won progress toward truly representative government.
“Freedom of speech is in retreat,” the cover story for The Economist proclaimed last week. While the article acknowledged that technology has greatly empowered people to express themselves as never before, and that the world as a whole is freer than it was during the depths of the Cold War, it also revealed the disturbing trend of increased censorship and other restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in recent years.
Let’s stipulate from the outset: Borrowers must take personal responsibility for debts they incur. A loan accepted is a loan that must be repaid. That said, a loan granted isn’t a license for usury, for exploiting borrowers to the verge of bankruptcy. Too often, that’s the case with payday lenders and subprime car loan companies.
The last Republican to occupy the White House, George W. Bush, has scars on his legacy — from his handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war to the seeds of the Great Recession. One of them, however, isn’t an aversion to diversity as measured by ethnicity and race. He embraced it. In his first term, he appointed to his Cabinet five women, three Hispanics, four African-Americans and two Asian-Americans. When he ran for re-election in 2004, exit polls suggested that he got 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.
The murder of at least 50 people in Orlando early Sunday was an act of terrorism, pure and simple. It appears to have been driven by some combination of Islamic extremism and anti-gay sentiment, and yes, once again, a gun designed for no other purpose than to kill a large number of people in a short amount of time was central to the crime.
One of the most dreaded words in our language is cancer. It is Georgia’s second leading cause of death, tied at 22 percent with heart disease and claiming the lives of about 15,000 residents of this state each year.
Buried in the excitement around this week’s primary elections is an under-appreciated milestone: For the first time in American history, a woman is now a major party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
France (and anyone who travels there) is subject to a typically French duel between its Socialist government, which depends on the unions to remain in office, and the unions themselves. They are expressing themselves, as is their wont, through strikes, notably transport strikes.
Mosquitoes, leeches and vampires get a bad rap, but there’s another variety of blood sucker with a voracious appetite for unsuspecting victims: payday lenders who loan consumers relatively small amounts of money for short periods of time only to suck up those dollars and much more by trapping them in expanding levels of debt through ruinous fees and interest rates.
Donald Trump has become the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, defeating all 16 other GOP presidential candidates ahead of today’s California primary. Now the majority of them support him, as do other prominent Republicans and millions of American voters who see in him hope after years of feeling left out or left behind by a country changing too much too quickly in a time of too little prosperity.
“In too many cases antibiotics have stopped working. That means people are dying of simple infections or conditions like TB (tuberculosis), tetanus, sepsis, infections that should not mean a death sentence. If we do nothing about this, there will be a cumulative hit to the world economy of $100 trillion and it is potentially the end of modern medicine as we know it.”
For years we’ve been told the reason there are so many negative campaign attack ads is simple — because they work. That makes sense when candidates and campaigns spend hundreds of millions of dollars on such ads, mostly 30-second television commercials. If they didn’t work, why waste all that money?
Some will say it wasn’t worth it. Some will say the state sold its moral soul to the devil to get it, but the news that Atlanta will host the 2019 Super Bowl is welcome in most quarters, but particularly welcome around the new $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium that will be home to the Atlanta Falcons.
For months, Democrats have been watching the GOP presidential primaries with a mixture of amazement and glee, as Republicans went through the process of chaining themselves to an egotistical bully with a disdain for facts and a penchant for statements seemingly designed to alienate major voting blocs.