February 28, 2012 |
Washington - It's looking as if President Obama may be back in women's good graces. His support dropped among this critical constituency just before the year began and the presidential campaign got under way in earnest. But his standing with female voters is strengthening, polls show, as the economy improves and as social issues, including birth control, become a bigger part of the nation's political discourse. "Republicans are making a big mistake with this contraception talk, and I'm pretty sure that they are giving [the election]
April 8, 2013
J. David Kuo, 44, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died Friday in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. After leaving his post as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2003, Mr. Kuo became an open critic of that operation.
February 23, 2012 |
Most candidates who emerge from the relative shadows to take the lead in a presidential campaign start to throttle back on the rhetorical thunderbolts and settle into a groove with a winning script full of phrases predigested by pollsters and focus groups. Not Rick Santorum, apparently. In recent days, the former Pennsylvania senator has accused President Obama of a "phony theology," suggested that a new federal requirement that insurance companies cover some prenatal testing would increase abortions, and compared Americans' patience with Obama - in the face of what Santorum calls the administration's threat to freedom - to America's initial indifference to Hitler's rise.
December 5, 2000 |
Last week marked introduction of an important advancement in measuring the impact and effectiveness of services to the community. Established by the United Way of America, a training organization for 1,400 independent United Ways nationwide, it is called the United Way State of Caring Index. As a measure of a compassionate America in the 21st century, this was created as a new approach to check the health and well-being of our nation. It tracks multi-year trends, from 1988 to 1998, and provides critical information on pressing social issues.
April 8, 2012 |
In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, polls show voters don't know the candidates' names, let alone their positions on issues or qualifications for office. None of the party's better-known politicians even tried for a chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, perhaps remembering that Casey ousted Republican former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum by 17 points in 2006. In the Republican primary field of five, the two most credible candidates are largely self-funded millionaires: Steve Welch and Tom Smith.
May 11, 2000 |
Though David Adamany would ultimately make his name as a highly touted university president, his career as an academic started almost on a whim. A Harvard Law School graduate, Adamany returned to Wisconsin in the 1960s to work in the state Attorney General's Office. Because of his interest in social issues, he took a few night courses in political science at the University of Wisconsin, just for fun. But the university, in an enrollment boom, hired Adamany as a teaching assistant.
April 13, 2012 |
A LOT OF PEOPLE were smiling Tuesday afternoon. People who excel at irony and sarcasm, especially when writing about a certain breed of conservative. People who think that talking about "good" and "evil" as if they were quantitative, tangible things is a sign of mental illness. People who pretend to tolerate differences, but only when those differences don't offend their own personal sense of fairness. When Rick Santorum announced that he was abandoning his campaign at the most sacred site in Pennsylvania, you had the sense that there was joy in newsrooms and campaign headquarters and colleges across the Keystone State.
June 9, 2012 |
I probably wasn't the only one who braced for a backlash after the NAACP followed President Obama's lead and came out with a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. How could I not? As a black Christian, I've seen the eye-rolling disapproval among plenty of fellow believers. I've heard the self-righteous vestibule chatter, felt the thick tension in the sanctuary when pastors mention homosexuality from the pulpit — if they dare. I'm not saying African Americans have cornered the market on the gay-marriage debate.
October 26, 2012
RICHARD Mourdock, a conservative Republican who is favored to win a U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, pulled a Todd Akin on Monday night, pontificating that pregnancies from rape or incest are "something God intended" - and therefore the victims should not be able to obtain abortions. But this time, the reaction of the Republican Party establishment was quite different from the reaction to Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's assertion in August that, if a rape is "legitimate" (that is, the woman didn't secretly want it)
May 14, 2012 |
Focusing on wrong issues First, let me say that I couldn't care less whom a person marries. On the list of issues in this country, gay marriage is probably about No. 12,454. Yet it has been on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on all TV news shows for the last week ("Obama backs same-sex marriage," Thursday). I can understand President Obama wanting it that way, given the $15 trillion debt, the $1.5 trillion annual deficit, the high unemployment rate, a failed strategy in the Middle East, and 50 percent of the population paying no federal income tax in an ever-expanding entitlement society.