November 3, 2012 |
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the sight of President Obama and Gov. Christie, clad in matching his-and-his wind breakers, all cuddly in Brigantine, N.J. Actually, the president and governor got together to survey the damage done to the flood-ravaged Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy and to reassure displaced residents that "we are here for you. " But make no mistake: In political terms, they were doing some bipartisan cuddling....
September 5, 2012
Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson returned to practice on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee on Aug. 9. The No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama may be available to the Browns for Sunday's opener against the Eagles. With his dreadlocks flowing out of his orange helmet and a black rubber sleeve on his knee - which has been operated on twice since he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship in January - Richardson took some snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense during the portion of practice open to the media, then had a short quiz on his assignments with running backs coach Gary Brown (he passed)
April 12, 2012 |
TUESDAY, the city's Board of Ethics went before City Council in the annual budget beg-a-thon. Although this is an annual rite of passage for every city department, we hope that Council considers the board's plea for an additional $120,000. That would inch the board's budget to just above $1 million. (As a point of comparison, the Council's own budget is $15 million, and it doesn't have to answer any questions about how the money's spent.) Considering the work of the Ethics Board, especially since it was revitalized in 2008, after a tepid reconstitution under Mayor John Street, it's one department of the city whose positive impact is undeniable.
January 30, 2012 |
This issue that our state is exploring - whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and religious traditions - should not be decided by 121 people in the State House in Trenton. The fact is we're discussing huge change, and I believe we need to approach this not only in a thoughtful way, not in a rushed way, but also in a way where we're able to get the most input that we can from the public. So, if New Jersey is seriously looking to overturn hundreds of years of societal, legal, and religious tradition, we need to give the issue the weight that it merits.
October 4, 2011 |
HANK WILLIAMS JR. has lost his mind. You might have noticed you didn't hear Bocephus wailing "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" before last night's "Monday Night Football" game. ESPN pulled the song - which has been associated with "MNF" for 20 years - after Williams compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler on the show "Fox and Friends" yesterday. Williams was interviewed live from Tennessee, via satellite, by hosts Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy.
August 4, 2011 |
McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON - Barely a day after the dust cleared from the battle over raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans in Congress launched their next war of words, this time over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress has passed 20 short-term funding bills for the agency since 2007 without much controversy. But because Senate Democrats object to certain provisions that House Republicans attached to the current legislation to keep the FAA functioning, it's turned into a stalemate.
April 26, 2011
Here's a look at how plans to overhaul Martin Luther King High School turned into a political football that was passed to Mayor Nutter yesterday. March 16: After a community-led process, the School Reform Commission accepts the recommendation of King's School Advisory Council to turn King into a charter school run by Atlanta-based Mosaica Turnaround Partners. Later that evening: SRC Chairman Robert Archie, state Rep. Dwight Evans and Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery meet privately with John Porter, the head of Mosaica.
February 5, 2010
THE BUSH hangover persists. Not only hasn't President Obama been able stop the job-bleeding begun in 2007 under Bush, he hasn't been able to completely recover all the TARP money given to Wall Street under Bush. Fortunately, Mr. Bush was prescient enough to put an expiration date on his tax holiday for the wealthy that contributed mightily to the doubling of the national debt, and Mr. Obama won't have to figure that one out. I wonder if that will be another political football used by the right-wing so they can continue to transfer our public debt to our grandchildren while telling us they're the party of fiscal responsibility.
November 27, 2009 |
FROM a "giving thanks" standpoint, this year's definitely been a mixed bag. While there have been some major reasons to genuflect in gratitude, I've also felt a bit like Job on more than one occasion. So instead of providing you with a cherry-picked list of things I'm happy about, I've decided to present my pumpkin pie of appreciation with a side serving of regret. After all, the sweet sometimes tastes better when leavened by the bitter. SEPTA: I regret that the leadership of TWU Local 234 decided that the generous package offered to them by management wasn't sufficient, and decided to hold the innocent commuters of this city hostage while they pitched a municipal hissy fit. And I'm especially grateful that the strike is over so I don't have to see Willie Brown's smug mug on the front page of the local papers or read self-serving interviews with him in the weeklies.
March 27, 2009
A federal judge deserves applause for ordering the Food and Drug Administration to rethink its politically motivated age restrictions on an emergency contraceptive for women known as "Plan B. " District Judge Edward R. Korman of New York told the FDA to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds within 30 days, without a prescription. He also instructed the agency to review whether the contraceptive should be made available to girls of all ages without a doctor's order. While that decision is more difficult, the judge's order makes it possible for the agency to base its findings on health considerations, not political interference.