August 2, 2016 |
As an educator, I want the significance of this election year and the privilege of what it means to be an American to get the attention they deserve. This is not the first time a woman has run for president, but it is the first time a major party has nominated a woman for the office. Before Hillary Clinton, there were Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, and Patricia Schroeder. Most people will say, "Wait, what? They ran for president? When?" Recently, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow showed footage of Smith and reflected on her 1964 presidential bid. Finally, I thought, these important, historic campaigns - events often left off the history pages - are getting some major news coverage.
June 3, 2013 |
Bob Dole took to Fox News last Sunday to share his views on the state of the Republican Party. Dole said he doubted that Ronald Reagan would be welcome in the current GOP (echoing what Jeb Bush said last year about the Gipper and Bush's father, George H.W. Bush). Dole said the party should hang a "closed for repairs" sign outside its door. "It seems almost unreal that we can't get together on a budget or legislation," he said. When he spoke, a vision of Michele Bachmann popped into my head.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle's. Obama used this year's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 41/2 years as commander-in-chief. Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda.
September 6, 2012
A lie is a lie The editorial "Ryan marred his speech with misstatements" (Friday) found many ways to describe the vice presidential nominee's speech at the Republican National Convention. Examples include: "wasn't 100 percent true," "his legerdemain," "altered or omitted key information," and "revealed as misleading before he spoke. " Perhaps one reason politicians continue to manifest high levels of dishonesty is because the media attempts to remain above the fray and responds with exaggerated civility.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton against unsubstantiated allegations that her family has ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, repudiating charges leveled by another Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann. In a speech on the Senate floor, McCain praised the work and patriotism of Huma Abedin, a State Department employee who has been a constant presence at Clinton's side. Without mentioning Bachmann by name, McCain assailed the attacks on Abedin, a Muslim, as an example of ignorance and fear that defames the spirit of the nation.
May 19, 2012 |
With warm weather bringing out swimsuits, it's time to think about fitness, and a return to the gym. So there I was at the gym, and there it was, up against the wall, a gleaming new machine I hit hard for half-an-hour. It had everything I wanted: Snickers, M&Ms, Three Musketeers, Babe Ruth, Butterfingers, Skittles, iced tea (uh-oh) ... Summer brings not only swimsuit (and Hawaiian shirt) weather, but also the Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night, steaming into its 22nd year in August.
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - At a time when his campaign is working to attract reluctant conservatives, Mitt Romney won the backing Thursday of onetime rival Michele Bachmann, who has vowed to use her connections in evangelical and tea party groups to help unite the party behind him. "This is what victory looks like," Rep. Bachmann of Minnesota declared Thursday in Portsmouth, Va., as she took the stage with the presumptive Republican nominee and Virginia Gov....
April 16, 2012 |
Rick Santorum's decision to quit the presidential race last week clarified a number of things: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee; the general election will be closer; and for the second cycle in a row, the conservative activists who make up the GOP's base are going to get stiffed. This is not how the 2012 Republican primary was supposed to unfold. When the race unofficially got under way 18 months ago, the tea party was at the peak of its influence, having just handed Republicans control of the House.
April 15, 2012
I can easily see Chris Christie as the 2016 Republican nominee. Here's how I get there: Rick Santorum. Marco Rubio. Paul Ryan. John Thune. Maybe Sarah Palin. They're the "usual suspects" for 2016 should Mitt Romney lose to President Obama, which current polls suggest will be the case. There's lots of time on the clock, and anything can happen, but assuming that's the way the current presidential race ends, the seeds are already being sown for yet another battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.
January 24, 2012 |
Heidi Klum has confirmed it to People. So it must be true, alas. She and Seal will divorce after almost seven years of bledded wiss. A statement from the couple says, sadly, that "we have grown apart. " That confirms TMZ reports over the weekend. She's been out of the house a lot, here and in Germany, doing her TV thing, and he's been out a lot, touring behind his CD Soul 2 - he was to tape Ellen DeGeneres ' show on Monday. Gosh, those two used to renew their vows every year at a special party.