August 20, 2000
Sainthood. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized Nicholas II, the last czar, saying he died a martyr when executed by Bolsheviks in 1918. . . Penalized. A defunct Miami jet-repair company, SabreTech, was ordered to pay $11 million for mishandling the cargo of oxygen canisters blamed for causing the 1996 ValuJet crash. . . Men's Waistlines. University of Chicago researchers said there seemed to be a link between the quality of sleep and middle-age spread at the waist and under the chin; decreased sleep means decreased production of growth hormone, they found, which leads to flab.
March 17, 2005 |
Former slugger Jose Canseco's request for immunity from prosecution was denied yesterday, raising the possibility of players' invoking their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer when they appear before the House Government Reform Committee today to talk about steroids. "No witnesses have been or will be granted immunity," David Marin, a spokesman for committee chairman Tom Davis, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. But the panel's ranking Democrat, Henry Waxman, of California, said, "Not everything's been fully resolved.
November 6, 2008
WHEN the president-elect is writing his thank yous, he should include the following: Hillary Clinton for giving him months of practice. Lehman Brothers for collapsing at just the right moment. George W. Bush for being the most unpopular president since Richard Nixon. John McCain for his inability to hide his desperate feelings during the debates. (Unlike his wonderfully gracious concession speech.) Tina Fey for making a parody of Sarah Palin before Palin made a parody of herself.
June 22, 2009
RE CHRISTINE Flowers' op-ed "Abortion Distortion": As a lawyer, she knows that speech is a very powerful tool. Lawyers use speech as a way to persuade others to view situations in their favor. She must know words have consequences. Words can be used as weapons, especially when they are used to inflame the anger of hateful and vengeful unbalanced people such as the followers of Randall Terry or many of the listeners of Bill O'Reilly, or Fox News in general. The kind of people who during a John McCain rally were chanting "Kill him. Kill him," referring to Barack Obama.
August 6, 2008 |
Andy Borowitz is a humorist, author and actor In what some political insiders are calling a major victory for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) easily surpassed his GOP rival, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) in total frequent-flier miles for the month of July. While polls show the two candidates locked in a close electoral race, Obama's impressive frequent-flier haul this month may put the contest for the most miles out of Sen. McCain's reach. "Right now, we are feeling very good about the frequent-flier miles committed to Barack Obama," said Obama strategist David Axelrod.
March 20, 2007 |
Since announcing my support of Sen. John McCain's candidacy for president recently, the most curious question I have received is "why now?" The simplest answer is "why not now?" Candidates are beginning to emerge. The '08 gates have opened, and now is the time to help a friend who I believe is the most able, proven leader in our midst to be the next president of the United States. What compels me to speak out now about the many reasons I believe my friend of 25 years is the right person to lead this country?
April 26, 2008
Joe Galante Eisenberg Philadelphia It's amazing that Barack Obama is still regarded as the front-runner. You don't send the nimble tailback who may account for 60 percent of the team's yards to push the ball over the goal line. You send the bruising fullback, who specializes in beating the goal-line stand. And the goal-line stand in the general election is Pennsylvania and Ohio. Hillary Clinton won both states by significant margins, and polls demonstrate she is stronger against John McCain in both.
March 3, 1991
Last November, there was a moment of clarity as the Senate Ethics Committee set out to to judge the behavior of the "Keating Five. " They were the senators, as you will recall, who tripped over each other to do special bidding for big-contributor Charles H. Keating Jr., whose savings and loan eventually crumbled, leaving taxpayers with a $2 billion tab. The moment came in the opening charge of special counsel Robert S. Bennett, who observed that this...
April 1, 2008 |
Sen. Barack Obama took shots at likely Republican nominee John McCain on foreign and energy policy yesterday and disagreed with prominent Democrats who are fretting that the fight for the presidential nomination has dragged on too long. "I think it is a good thing, it's a healthy thing, that so many people are passionate," Obama said during an evening rally at Muhlenberg College here. "I think Democrats will be unified when this whole thing is over - I am absolutely convinced of that.
April 1, 2000 |
While watching the Academy Awards Sunday night, I was reminded that although politics has become increasingly like show biz, it still has a lot to learn from Hollywood. As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart says: "It's all theater. " The only difference being that politics is years behind the entertainment world. To help politicians catch up, I've decided we should have an awards show - or at least an awards column - the Political Oscars - to parallel Hollywood's Oscars. The envelopes, please.