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]
February 19, 2012 |
Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama. Romney was never fully trusted or liked by the staunchest conservatives. But until now, enough of them have been willing to swallow their doubts at critical moments because they believed the former Massachusetts governor could win the election. This is not true anymore. Reflecting the damage Romney's image has suffered in the six weeks since voting started in Iowa, he is running little better than Rick Santorum, now his main opponent, in matchups with the president.
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.
August 3, 2015 |
BY NOW, we all know that Cecil the lion was slaughtered by a rich American dentist named Walter Palmer, who paid $50,000 to track and kill the magnificent beast in Zimbabwe in early July. I've never understood the allure of hunting animals for kicks, whether it's offing a squirrel with a .22 or ripping into a big cat like Cecil with a crossbow. A lot of Americans don't get it, either. Over 735,000 of them have signed a "Justice for Cecil" petition on change.org, urging punishment for those involved in Cecil's death (including the big-game tour guides Palmer hired to help hunt his prey)
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.
October 1, 2012 |
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal the Family in America When Sen. John Kerry sought to unseat President George W. Bush eight years ago, journalist Thomas Frank thought he could help the challenger from Massachusetts. In a 2004 bestseller, What's the Matter With Kansas? , Frank claimed Republicans were playing dirty tricks by leveraging cultural "wedge" issues to dupe voters in his native state from voting their economic interests - in other words, for Democrats.
February 5, 2015
LET'S TALK ABOUT two who'll never be president: Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Both show up in a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday. Both trail Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 20 points. And that's because, if you listen to them lately, both still play to states that run north/south in the middle of the country. I know polling for a race a year away is mostly a test of name ID. I don't buy the inevitability of Hillary in 2016 just as I didn't in 2008. But two things I'm fairly certain of: Candidates with limited regional support can't win the White House; and candidates consistently selling intolerance and self-righteousness shouldn't win the White House.