Tens of millions of advertising dollars have been shelled out by conservatives and pro-Israel groups that want to kill the Iran deal. Their efforts are likely to fail. It looks as if President Barack Obama will rally enough Senate Democrats to sustain his veto should legislators vote down the agreement.
At about the time you’re reading this column, I may be holding the first or second class meeting for the courses that I teach at my college. The fall semester is just beginning, providing an occasion to reflect for a moment on higher education in America.
Two weeks’ vacation on Cape Cod was a pleasant escape from the bizarre political circus otherwise known as the Republican primary contest, in which foreign policy has mostly gotten short shrift.
Jeb Bush has a legacy problem. Its name is George. Two presidents named George Bush, to be exact. The problem is that Jeb focuses attention on the wrong relative, his brother, President George W. Why not his father, President George H.W.? Isn’t he the one with the more appealing legacy?
Secretary of State John Kerry deserves applause for saying that human rights will be a top priority in the newly normalized U.S. ties with Cuba, but his decision not to invite Cuban dissidents to the flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana flew in the face of his promise.
Earlier this year, Harry Vincent, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, got some surprising news.
The raising of the U.S. flag at the newly opened American embassy in Havana is an important story, but I can’t help finding much of the U.S. media coverage surrounding the event to be repetitive, boring and frivolous.
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong. High on the list: a yawning gender gap. Romney won the votes of most men but lost among female voters by 11 percentage points; among single women, the margin was a daunting 36 points. “Our candidates … need to use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them,” the Republican National Committee recommended.
There is no question that Cecil the lion’s killing is an outrage, and that it should be punished, but I wish we would spend a fraction of the attention we are paying to this story on other tragedies that go virtually unnoticed across the world, including in Cecil’s own country.
A conspiracy theorist might think the stunning disclosure that Vice President Joe Biden might yet challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination was a calculated effort to steal some political thunder from this week’s initial Republican debate.