No it was not the most excruciating thing ever seen on television. We've seen worse. We've seen Roseanne singing the national anthem, Magic Johnson hosting a talk show and Paris Hilton, existing. But if it's not number one on that list of god-awful TV, author Reza Aslan's recent interview with Lauren Green of Fox "News" is surely in the top 10.
As congressional leaders depart the nation's capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: a grand-bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package and progress on a cost-cutting health-care plan. Well, a girl can dream, can't she?
It's not often that a testy exchange at a hearing, followed by a senator's statement that he would put a hold on the nomination until he got an adequate answer to his question, opens a window to a fundamental issue in our democracy. And a timely one.
"Welcome to the other Great Smoky Mountains," a friend in town said to me. She was right.
Sometimes, the directness of children is unsettling.
Four words of advice for African-Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal: Wake the hell up. The Sunday after Zimmerman went free was a day of protest for many of us.
It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case feels. If I were Martin's mother, I'd want his killer's heart on a platter. If I were Zimmerman's mother, I'd be grateful my son escaped greater injury, however he managed.
Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end.
As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer. "As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it. He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn't do it." The "it" is tubal ligation. He wanted to sterilize her.
As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.
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