May 18, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - In a somber ceremony honoring police bravery, President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, killed last year as he tried to buy a gift for his son - and wound up disrupting an armed robbery. Tears streamed down the face of Wilson's grandmother Constance Wilson as she accepted the medal from the president in the White House's East Room. "Please know how deeply sorry we are for your loss, how grateful we are for Sgt. Wilson's service," Obama told her as well as Wilson's sister, Shakira Burroughs, and brother, Dareon, in his opening remarks.
May 15, 2016
John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit By James Traub Basic Books. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow To read this biography of our sixth president is to see both how little and how much has changed in American politics in the last two centuries. John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, spent a miserable and largely unsuccessful four years in the White House from 1825 to 1829. Like Jimmy Carter, he is generally acknowledged to have made his greatest contributions after leaving office.
May 11, 2016
ISSUE | CULTURAL BIAS Think before you act The kind of knee-jerk reaction displayed by an airline passenger who allowed her insecurity to interfere with the rights and freedoms of others ("Wrong conclusion reached, and a flight is delayed," Sunday) is allowing Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination for president and may become his key to the White House. I read, write, and "speak" higher mathematics. I understand all those weird-looking formulae that mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and economists use. Because I am a writer who can also read and write multiple languages and alphabets, am I - like Penn economics professor Guido Menzio, who was reported by a fellow American Airlines passenger - a terroristic threat to society?
May 5, 2016 |
Non-apology apology Larry Wilmore has issued a non-apology apology for using offensive verbiage at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. "I may have underestimated the tone of how I was telling the jokes," he said Tuesday. The Nightly Show host, who is African American, has been criticized for using the N-word to address President Obama . "I knew that it would be provocative and, yes, I was taking a big chance," Wilmore, 54, said, adding that the controversy may turn into valuable dialogue for the country.
May 1, 2016 |
Ferrell won't play Reagan Will Ferrell on Friday said he would not star as Ronald Reagan in a forthcoming satire that portrays the 40th president leading the country while suffering from dementia. Reagan died of Alzheimer's in 2004. The film is about an intern who helps Reagan by convincing him he's playing the leader of the free world in a movie. The Alzheimer's Association said using "dementia as a comedic device is offensive. " Reagan's daughter Patti Davis posted an open letter to Ferrell.
April 28, 2016 |
The White House says U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah did not have permission to use President Obama's voice in a campaign robocall that some voters received Tuesday. Fattah's primary day robocall to Democratic voters in the Second Congressional District has City Councilwoman Cindy Bass saying, "Listen to what President Obama has to say about Chaka Fattah. " What follows appears to be from a tape of Obama speaking in September 2013 to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, according to a transcript of that speech on the White House website.
April 28, 2016 |
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
April 27, 2016 |
THE LEVEL of animosity that has developed around this presidential election is troubling, but it is not unexpected. We should have known there would be backlash after the election in 2008 of the first black president. We should have foreseen Republican efforts to benefit from racist resentment of Barack Obama. But I don't think we could have predicted the anger on the left; a resentment born of the idealistic belief that America's conservatism could be reversed in less than a decade.
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP no closer to reclaiming White House After the Republican Party lost the last two presidential elections, it was decided that changes needed to be made. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said we need a candidate who can get the minority vote. I assumed that meant blacks, Latinos, women, and gays. The GOP has had nearly eight years to select a candidate or candidates to groom to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, we have Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.
April 20, 2016
By Martha Burk Years before the 2016 presidential campaign got underway, pundits and the public alike were debating "Clinton fatigue" and "Bush fatigue. " In 2007, the Wall Street Journal even invented "Clinton Book Fatigue" to go along with the regular variety. The updated version from Keep the Promise I, a PAC backing Ted Cruz, debuted in a video in August. It depicted a hospital ward full of barely alive patients suffering from Clinton Fatigue. Prominent Republican senators and former GOP Chairman Haley Barbour publicly agonized over Jeb Bush's last name as a negative as far back as 2013.