How can anyone ever explain this to Mason?
He's only 4 months old, so that moment still lies years in the future. Still, at some point, too soon, he will ask the inevitable questions, and someone will have to tell him how his dad was shot to death for being a police officer in Baton Rouge.
Here's something I never thought I'd have to say.
People should not play Pokemon at Auschwitz.
This is not about the police.
At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African Americans and the law.
"What sort of people are we, we Americans? ... Today, we are the most frightening people on this planet." -- Historian Arthur Schlesinger
On Saturday, someone tried to kill Donald Trump.
Some of you questioned my evocation of history's great villain in a recent column on House Speaker Paul Ryan's surrender to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
I am supposed to be writing about a shooting in Orlando, but my thoughts keep circling back to a funeral in Louisville.
This is a column about the value of six.
In 1933, Franz von Papen was hungry for revenge.
Dear Snoop Dogg:
You could have been honest about it. If you had, I'd still think you wrong as two left shoes, but at least I could give you points for guts.
Everything was different, the day after.
A few words in defense of pragmatism.
That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
I hesitate to bring up facts. If recent years have proven nothing else, they've proven that we have fully embarked upon a post-factual era wherein the idea that a thing can be knowable to an objective certainty -- and that this should matter -- has been diminished to the point of near irrelevancy.
It was not enough just to kill Sam Hose. No, they had to make souvenirs out of him.
Will there be blood?
That question has gone conspicuously unasked as we enumerate the possible outcomes of November's election.
So it has come to this: Trump 2016.
Dear white people:
As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.
It was 15 minutes after midnight when the bombs began to fall.
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