Planned Parenthood and ‘optics’

Planned Parenthood should stop worrying about the “optics” and be forthright about what those hit job videos show: a discussion about a legal way to use fetal tissue. Abortion opponents find the details gruesome already; they don’t care how scientists developed the polio vaccine using fetal kidney tissue. If they’ve already patronized women by claiming… More Planned Parenthood and ‘optics’

Majority of GOP voters support sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico

I’m shocked, I tell you: By 56-42, Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here. Independents agree by 58-39, and moderates by 59-40. But Republicans favor stopping the flow of undocumenteds and deporting those already here by 63-34. So do conservatives, by 55-43. “Those already… More Majority of GOP voters support sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico

John Kasich: Galileo, Soviet gulags, John Adams and Navy SEALs in one breath

As usual, only the Beltway press has fallen for John Kasich. Early polls suggest New Hampshire residents like him too. I remember him from his bargain basement FOX News show and a collaboration with Bono, from the period when the U2 singer could charm Jesse Helms and George W. Bush into helping with AIDS spending… More John Kasich: Galileo, Soviet gulags, John Adams and Navy SEALs in one breath

War on Women XXXIV

Charles Krauthammer is mad about something because he wrote a column. The something is a video, released by an organization called the Center for Medical Progress that is closer to a bridge game than an organization, purporting to show Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of human tissue. I won’t link to Krauthammer; follow the… More War on Women XXXIV

Wisdom at the Drake

Last Sunday afternoon, resting from the exertions of Pitchfork Festival, a friend and I sat at the Drake Hotel’s Coq d’Or, charming for its upholstered seclusion and air conditioned lethargy; customers seem to leave trails as they walk past. I sat beside a ninety-one-year-old woman, a regular who ambled to the bar every day for… More Wisdom at the Drake

The stupidity of David Brooks

David Brooks worries about dogs and cats living together: Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves. Christianity’s… More The stupidity of David Brooks

Fairness, etc

“Republicans say they’ll get you as far as your employer’s door, while Democrats want to walk inside with you” is the fairest thing any liberal’s written about a Republican since Eisenhower died, and Paul Waldman‘s dissection of the details in the president’s executive decision to raise the income necessary to quality for overtime hours is… More Fairness, etc

‘The enormous implications’ of the Ryan budget

Those who call themselves independents or non-partisan, motivated by the thrill of feeling courted, should understand that the 2016 presidential election would mean a winner and a loser, which means genuine differences separate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Rubio Cruz. If Democrats want to campaign on shorthand, the “Ryan budget” works. Jonathan Chait, on occasion… More ‘The enormous implications’ of the Ryan budget