The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him.
I devoured the recent biography "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," hoping to find secrets about writing. Nobody wrote nonfiction better than Joe Mitchell, who for decades enthralled readers with his profiles of barkeepers, carnival freaks, fishmongers, homeless intellectuals and other noncelebrities.
Volunteers? In the wake of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) sudden withdrawal from his once-certain ascent to the speakership, several others are considering running for the job.
"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight." That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman.
And the Bush family's War on English continues.
Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.
The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.
What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police.
"Do you realize now what you have done?" So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us.
If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.
The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.
Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms -- "It's deja vu all over again" -- has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.
Wonderful. That's just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision.
Pope Francis's four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph.
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