For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects.
"Mississippi finishes last - again - among all states in annual health ranking," read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald.
In December 1964, a Silver Age of American liberalism, to rival the Golden Age of FDR and the New Deal, seemed to be upon us.
There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with "What does this mean for the planet?" have relaxed into "Oh, it's him again."
Another black boy was killed by police, this time in Texas. His name was Jordan Edwards.
Hours shy of his 100th day in power, President Trump strides into the Oval Office. The energy in the world's most famous room changes instantly and perceptibly as he sits down.
For many years now, I have been making the case that bias in the news is not the result of a conspiracy, despite what some friends on the right may think.
Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left.
One morning Sam stepped out on the front porch with his .22 in arm; a shot rang out, a coyote skipped across the field, while two kittens sat sphinxlike on the porch steps watching.
Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he's dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours.
Look, I'm the guy who once called her a "viperous harridan," OK?
Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?
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