April 2, 2016
Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee's principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable dishonesty. Hillary Clinton's supposedly supreme presidential qualification is not her public prominence, which is derivative from her marriage, or her unremarkable tenure in a similarly derivative Senate seat. Rather, her supposed credential is her foreign policy mastery.
March 16, 2016
By Charles Lewis The United States has a noisy and utterly imperfect representational democracy, disorderly and dysfunctional in many ways. But as Founding Father James Madison famously observed, "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. " Unfortunately, in terms of a national "right to know" law, it took 144 years for the American people to begin to arm themselves with palpable knowledge about their government.
March 15, 2016
ISSUE | VETERANS Charity lost its way I was pleased to learn that investigations of the Wounded Warrior Project by CBS News and the New York Times resulted in the firing of the organization's top two officials ("Wounded Warrior fires execs over spending accusations," Philly.com, Friday) Several months ago, when I received a gift blanket for making a donation, I noticed that it had been made in China. I wrote to the executive offices, suggesting that employing American veterans to make the blankets, rather than outsourcing, would be more in keeping with the organization's goals.
March 8, 2016 |
Nick Buchta bounded into the room with a pizza box in one hand and a laptop in the other. He had quite a story, he told the other student editors crammed into an office at the headquarters of the Daily Pennsylvanian: Football coaches from the eight Ivy League universities voted to ban tackling at practice. "I'm the one who told Penn Athletics this is happening," Buchta, 21, the senior sports editor, said recently, his voice rising with excitement. "They didn't know. " Buchta, a senior political science and communication major from Cleveland, said he saw the story in the New York Times and quickly got it confirmed and posted a story to the school newspaper's website.
February 13, 2016
By G. Wayne Miller All-electric cars were creating excitement as the 2016 car show season began with the Consumer Electronics Show and, more recently, the Philadelphia Auto Show. With shows to come in Chicago, Toronto, Geneva, Beijing, and New York City, plus many smaller regional exhibitions, battery-powered vehicles will stay in the news. It's an old story, though, dating to the automotive industry's infancy, when electrics competed with steam- and gas-powered vehicles for market share.
January 27, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a close friend of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told the New York Times over the weekend that he might back his buddy if he runs for president as an independent. The caveat for Rendell, a longtime proponent of Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency: He would only back Bloomberg if U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic nomination. On Monday, Rendell walked that back a bit while speaking with The Inquirer. "I like Bernie Sanders.
December 31, 2015
Robert Spitzer, 83, a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology, died of heart problems Friday in Seattle, said his wife, Janet Williams, a Columbia University professor emerita. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders "so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing," said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980.
December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 15, 2015
NEW YORK - The 117th Pennsylvania Society gala over the weekend was odd. Odd beyond the basic oddness of thousands of Pennsylvanians trekking lemming-like each December to preen and be seen in the Big Apple in praise of home-state politics. An event long known for its annual sameness this year broke its own mold - no doubt because this year there isn't much to praise. State budget mess? Kathleen Kane? Supreme Court mess? Porngate? The Legislature? The Wolf administration?
December 11, 2015 |
People, aren't we better than this? Have we really become the Republic of Fear? Listening to Donald Trump, you'd certainly think so. His proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country was only the latest of an endless series of ugly and bigoted tirades meant to stoke fear and anger. Yet adoring thousands still flock to his rallies. The New York Times, after analyzing every public Trump utterance for a week, noted several powerful patterns of speech common to demagogues of the past century.