It's been a beautiful fall day. I am healthy, reasonably intelligent, have good friends and a roof, albeit rusty, over my head. But I burrow, downcast, on my denim couch beneath a tiger throw, wondering why I feel so terrible about two football games. Auburn
Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.
There's this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.
WASHINGTON -- There are many crucial items facing the lame-duck Congress, from Ebola to the Islamic State to funding the federal government.
Time will tell, but I do believe this year has been a monumental one for Starkville.
When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate.
Dear Republican Party: Impeach President Obama.
You can't handle the truth.
FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- From the barn come the boards that serve as underpinning for my old house. They are brought to its high side and screwed into the battened cedar for the season. Warnings here are for a freeze.
They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.
The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives.
The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun.
"Ebola has reminded people that it is not just poor people who can die of infectious disease," Bill Gates tells me, in a characteristically matter-of-fact tone.
One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word "liberal" gets tossed around as an insult.
It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."
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