Given that he reportedly suffered mental health problems, that he told FBI agents he was hearing voices about ISIS and that he was held for psychiatric evaluation in Alaska just two months ago, how is it even possible that Esteban Santiago was allowed to fly with a gun?
Republicans like to claim that the party’s “war on women” is a political hatchet job by Democrats, yet the GOP keeps providing evidence that it’s real. The latest is the rather chilling report that Donald Trump’s transition team has asked the State Department to provide all information regarding gender-related “staffing, programming and funding,” a query first reported by The Washington Post.
Obi may be a small Pacific parrot, but he doesn’t want a cracker. Obi is much too sophisticated for that. Where other parrots (e.g., Polly) settle for mimicking human speech and begging, Obi is engaged in cutting-edge scientific research to understand flight.
The nation must be able to trust those who protect our borders against drugs, illegal immigration and terrorism. In some cases, federal officers have betrayed that trust. The government must recognize the danger that even one bad officer can cause and develop better means of guarding against it.
Now that you’ve cleared out the wrapping paper, the torn envelopes, the ribbons and the directions to the remote-control car, you’ve still got the boxes. Lots of boxes. All those cardboard cartons, waiting to be broken down and stuffed into the recycling bin (or worse, the garbage). Blessed be the trash haulers this post-holiday week.
There’s been a lot of talk about moving to a popular vote for electing the president of the United States in the wake of Republican Donald Trump’s winning a solid electoral vote majority but losing the popular vote plurality to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The criminal charges against a growing number of defendants in the Flint, Michigan, water scandal should send two powerful messages to officials at all levels of government. Their primary duty is to protect their constituents, and improvements to the nation’s infrastructure are urgently needed, especially in communities left bereft by deindustrialization.
The world is neck-deep in surefire fixes for a country’s economy. Cobble together trade deals, rip up trade deals. Build more, tax less. Let wealth trickle down, help the masses in society’s bottom rungs. There’s a much more straightforward prescription that doesn’t cost anything and is actually quite pleasant: Go to sleep!
Americans spend — waste — a year or two of their lives waiting in line, wishing it would move faster, staring daggers at any potential interlopers, fixing with disdain anyone who dawdles or delays the line’s steady clip.
The two sides in the Monroe County/Macon-Bibb County border war have been summoned by Secretary of State Brian Kemp to his office. This border war goes back to the 19th century, but this iteration started in 2004 when Bass Pro Shops decided to build on what was then inside the boundaries of Bibb County. In the 12 years since it has bounced around between the secretary of state, Fulton County’s Superior Court and Georgia’s Supreme Court — twice. And it has cost the citizens of Monroe County a king’s ransom (estimates of $2.5 million in 2014 and Macon-Bibb County $650,000). And while the ball is back in the court of the secretary of state where it belongs, he is giving the two parties one last chance to negotiate a settlement.
After two hours of deliberation, a jury found Dylann Roof guilty of the June 2015 murder of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The outcome of the trial was never really in doubt. There was overwhelming evidence against the 22-year-old white supremacist, including the testimony of eyewitness Felicia Sanders. Roof allowed her to live so that she would tell the world what he did and why he said he did it.
When Lilly Cassirer inherited a Camille Pissarro painting of a rainy Paris streetscape in 1926, she hung the Impressionist gem on the wall of her parlor in Berlin. Thirteen years later, Cassirer, who was Jewish, was forced to give up “Rue Saint-Honore, Apres Midi, Effet de Pluie” to a Nazi art appraiser in exchange for visas for her and her husband to flee Nazi Germany.
Allegations that the Russian government tried to influence America’s election are extraordinarily serious — “the political equivalent to 9/11,” according to Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA.
U.S. senators — Republicans as well as Democrats — plan to grill Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state pick. They had better. The Exxon Mobil CEO should have to pass muster on some crucial questions to become the nation’s chief diplomat.
Society looks askance at the inebriated person who gets behind the wheel and the one who texts while driving. But no such opprobrium faces the groggy driver. Perhaps America is too tired to notice him.
Online petition-signers are demanding that Ohio State University fire an administrator over a Facebook post seeking compassion for the student who attacked students on campus late last month. That would be wrong. Perhaps especially in dark times, we need free thought and speech. Stephanie Clemons Thompson should not be fired for her comments.
Few animals are as graceful and fun to watch in national parks and zoo settings as giraffes. Unlike other creatures in the wild, giraffes exude a gentleness that seems otherworldly for creatures that have to deal with all kinds of predators — both the two-legged and four-legged kind.
Congressional Democrats and pundits on the left are expressing alarm at what Donald Trump will do with executive orders after he becomes president on Jan. 20. They fear that Trump will bypass Congress to make far-reaching decisions on subjects such as immigration, trade, foreign policy and health care.
In 1994, Congress was considering a constitutional amendment to require the federal budget to be balanced. A stubborn habit of running deficits had gotten out of control in the previous decade and a half, quadrupling the national debt. “The balanced-budget amendment is a desperate but necessary device for restoring discipline to the management of the nation’s treasury by Congress and the president,” the Chicago Tribune editorial board said then.
Pressured by governments around the world, four companies operating some of the world’s most popular Internet sites and services — Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft — announced this week a joint effort to censor “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images.” It’s an effort to fight a bad use of technology with more technology, in the hope of curtailing the use of social media by Islamic State and other terrorist organizations to recruit followers and promote their murderous agendas.
Judge Merrick Garland is returning to his work on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, his nomination for the Supreme Court killed without a vote by a Republican Senate majority more concerned with partisan politics than with doing its job.
Dr. Ben Carson may be a fantastic neurosurgeon, but there is simply no reason for President-elect Donald Trump to assume he will be a capable, engaged secretary of housing and urban development. It’s not just his stumbling performance as a Republican presidential candidate. It’s that three weeks ago, when Carson was reportedly under consideration for secretary of health and human services, this is what his business manager said: “His background didn’t prepare him to run a federal agency.”
Thankfully, the 11 victims of a car and knife attack last week at Ohio State University are expected to survive. But while not the most deadly attack in recent memory, in many ways it presents a confluence of issues that President-elect Donald Trump must address immediately.
Leroy Barber grew up in rural New London, Wisconsin, hunting and fishing with two of his brothers. He enlisted in the Navy, trained at the Great Lakes facility north of Chicago and was assigned to a battleship. Barber enjoyed being a sailor, missed his brothers and advised them to join up. The Navy made an exception to its rule against putting family members on one boat — a decision their father sought to reverse — but America was not at war, and Hawaii was about as far from Europe’s fighting as you could get.
Donald Trump must choose: Be president, or be chairman of his company. He can’t do both without creating severe conflicts of interest, at the very least. At worst, Trump’s private holdings could undermine critical foreign policy and blatantly violate the Constitution.
The extremely powerful but highly irresponsible National Rifle Association spent $30 million this year helping elect Donald J. Trump and $10 million more backing six pro-gun Senate candidates (five of whom won). Trump, in turn, said during the campaign that he was proud of the organization’s endorsement, spoke forcefully in favor of expanded gun ownership and promised to “save” the Second Amendment.
After the rise and electoral triumph of Donald Trump, Democrats could be expected to be searching their souls, re-examining their approach to policy and voters, and maybe even looking for new faces and fresh leadership.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin annual State of the Nation address, delivered at the Kremlin, was rather restrained for him. But it did offer some clues to his idea of relations with the new administration in Washington.
Back when Donald Trump was a renegade, populist insurgent in the Republican primaries, he promised that he could save the nation’s social safety net — programs like Medicare and Medicaid — “without cutting it to the bone.” But now he’s president-elect, and he’s assembling a dream team for GOP orthodoxy, threatening the very notion that access to health care is anything resembling a basic right.
There are few certainties in President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda, except this: 2017 will likely be the last year of Obamacare as we know it. Republican leaders already are forging a plan to offer Americans better coverage at more affordable prices. But before the fall of Obamacare, Republicans have to construct Trumpcare. How will it work? No one is sure (probably including Trump).
The latest accounting of carnage on the nation’s highways should be setting off alarms and causing greater investment in safer modes of travel. U.S. highway fatalities rose to 35,092 in 2015, according to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accounting released in August, a 7.2 percent increase from the year before and the biggest jump in 50 years.
A federal judge ruled that white supremacist and accused mass murderer Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial on 33 counts of hate crimes, firearms charges and the murder of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015.
As a young political firebrand, Fidel Castro railed against two adversaries: Gen. Fulgencio Batista, who had seized control of Cuba in a 1952 coup, and the United States, whose influence on Cuban affairs Castro deeply resented. It took seven years, but Castro and a band of revolutionaries ousted Batista in January 1959. The U.S. remained a bitter foe throughout his life.