February 6, 2014 |
It's more than their unusual Black Sea locale that, for American TV viewers at least, will lend an exotic flavor to these 2014 Winter Olympics. Ninety years after 304 mostly aristocratic, mostly male amateurs gathered for the first Winter Games, Sochi's schedule will showcase several new daredevil sports, more team events, and a superstar roster dominated by females. With diminished women's figure-skating hopes and a men's hockey team so far absent from the gold-medal conversation, the United States will rely on much-improved bobsled and Alpine skiing teams as it seeks a second straight medal-count victory.
February 11, 2013 |
I know from watching the recent Senate confirmation hearing what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) thinks of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, for once having used the words "Jewish lobby" in an interview. (Hagel has since said he regrets his word choice.) But Graham's testy questioning of Hagel made me wonder about someone else's reaction - the Middle East negotiator to whom Hagel had made the comment. So I asked Aaron David Miller, a distinguished scholar and vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
November 14, 2012
U.N. assails U.S. on Cuba rules UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic, and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The final tally Tuesday was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United States. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia both abstained. The embargo was first enacted in 1960 after Cuba's nationalization of properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Sanctions against the Caribbean nation were further strengthened to a near-total embargo in 1962.
October 3, 2012 |
There's an old saying that liberals will support intervention in a foreign conflict as long as nothing resembling national interest is at stake. If the cause is purely humanitarian - if the refinement of American morality is the only possible benefit - liberals just might back military force to help a starved, invaded, or otherwise oppressed people. Which brings me to the baffling subject of Syria. Like many observers of the Obama administration, I've been confused by its unwillingness to take even relatively modest steps to bring about a decisive end to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
August 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss tensions in the South China Sea during a sprawling trip through the Asian Pacific that will include stops in China and Russia, the State Department said Tuesday. The trip, with stops in six countries, underscores the Obama administration's heightened focus on Asia, an economically booming region that has sought deeper U.S. ties. Clinton starts off in the remote Cook Islands for talks Friday with Pacific island leaders.
June 24, 2010
The commentary "The world's most dangerous summer" on Monday illustrates the crucial difference between the politics of Winston Churchill in his time and those of the United States today. Churchill had personal convictions that were fixed and did not melt under the pressure of public opinion polls showing a strong preference for accepting Hitler's tempting peace offer. Nor was Churchill swayed by the misguided opinions of political colleagues or editorial policies of British newspapers, most of which advocated, once again, accepting appeasement.
September 10, 2004 |
The three candidates seeking election to Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District seat will debate tonight at the Exton Square Mall. Two of those candidates were on nationwide TV during their parties' political conventions. The third is fighting to stay on the ballot. Both Republican incumbent Jim Gerlach, 49, of Chester County, and his Democratic opponent Lois Murphy, 41, a lawyer from Montgomery County, appeared on C-Span in the conventions' off-hours, a signal that their candidacies are attracting national attention.
June 27, 2002
THE VERY IDEA of not keeping Amtrak afloat with government subsidies is beyond my ability to understand. A national passenger railway is not only desirable but essential to a nation that has grown too dependent on air travel. It should be clear in the minds of our elected officials that a shutdown of Amtrak would be shameful and irresponsible. I truly believe it is in the best national interest not only keep Amtrak afloat but to heavily invest in rail transit so as to secure a viable alternative to air transit.
November 11, 2001 |
For the last two months, NBC, CBS, and Fox have been covering themselves in red, white and blue. But Thursday night they showed, once and for all, that their favorite color is the same as it was before Sept. 11: green. For just the second time since the attacks, President Bush decided to address the nation on the state of the war on terrorism. One month ago, every single radio and TV network with an ounce of news credibility carried the first, stirring speech live. But this time around was remarkably, disturbingly different.
May 27, 2001
They came before Justice Department officials last week to tell their stories of discrimination, confiscated property and other civil-rights abuses. "I'm angry about it," one man said. "They were hardworking people, and to think they were treated like this. " Italian Americans were talking about their families' experiences in America during World War II. A report will be prepared; a formal apology has been requested. This is good. There's vast healing power in having your story acknowledged.