LEONARD PITTS JR.
I cannot write this the way I want. Doing so would invade the privacy of too many people. But I can’t be silent, either.
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
We tend to remember leaders in characteristic poses. For Pope Benedict XVI, the college professor, it was delivering a much-misunderstood lecture at the University of Regensburg, which made controversial reference to Islam.
Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”
Gridlock; a ticking clock; a glacier.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
You’d think they’d never seen a scandal before.
News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?
Last month the Congressional Budget Office released its much-anticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from the deficit scolds who have had so much influence on our policy discourse. The problem, you see, was that the budget office numbers looked, well, OK: Deficits are falling fast, and the ratio of debt to gross domestic product is projected to remain roughly stable over the next decade.
WASHINGTON — A few months ago, the worst-case scenario in Syria was a protracted stalemate along the lines of the Lebanese civil war. Now, the worst case is that Bashar Assad wins with the full backing of Hezbollah, Iraqi Shiite militias, Russia and Iran. Future worst cases — involving loose chemical weapons, regional sectarian war, the fall of friendly governments — don’t require much imagination.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
‘I know this sounds racist, but ...”
I spent an intimidating period during my younger life dodging danger in the large city of Washington, D.C. But it wasn’t the muggers who scared me or the insane drivers or the presence of admitted politicians.
WASHINGTON – So, Attorney General Eric Holder approved a search warrant targeting Fox News’ James Rosen for the crime of journalism with malice aforethought. Then the Justice Department shopped around for a judge who would keep the surveillance of professional and private emails secret.
WASHINGTON – It’s good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative “train wreck,” we’re told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law’s troubles to give them a big electoral advantage.
RICHARD S. DAVIS
Seattle’s historic Moore Theater showcased Synergia Northwest’s unique celebration of music and music education May 18. The night opened with 12-year-old Caspian Coberly ripping a Jimi Hendrix-inspired rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” From there, the evening seamlessly blended rap, rock, the Garfield High School drum line, pop and classical music.
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