President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters…
Of all the various Washington mystery cults, the one at that end of Pennsylvania Avenue is the most impenetrable. This is why the argument many liberals are making -- that the drone program is acceptable both morally and as a matter of practical politics because of the faith you have in the guy who happens to be presiding over it at the moment -- is criminally naive, intellectually empty, and as false as blue money to the future.
Many pilots initially dismissed drones as nothing more than video games. But today, the Air Force trains more drone pilots than fighter or bomber pilots, and drone strikes have killed scores of terrorists, according to the Obama administration.
…Last year, drones flew more combat hours than manned aircraft.
As early as this April, Yale plans to welcome a training center for interrogators to its campus.
The center’s primary goal would be to coach U.S. Special Forces on interviewing tactics designed to detect lies. Charles Morgan III, a professor of psychiatry who will head the project, calls these tactics “people skills.”
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — It’s not easy running for Congress in conservative South Carolina when you’re liberal media mogul Ted Turner’s kid.
Just ask his son Teddy.
He’s been trashing his dad every chance he gets to show voters of the 1st Congressional District he’s not some tree-hugging lefty — or worse yet, Jane Fonda’s son.
"When you say something like this, particularly at this late date, you’re exposing yourself as one of two things: dumb or deceptive. Pick your poison (emphasis mine):
This idea - that our problems were caused by a government that was too small - it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies
The straight-news press does a poor job of pointing out Rubio’s giant whopper. Actually, it does no job at all."
The long-delayed cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.
Ok, that's progress.
Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.
Writing in the Times yesterday Steiglitz follows this observation by arguing for more and better education, may be a good idea and maybe not so much. He seems to favor, for example, making that period after high school we now call higher education public and free (probably good) and also shoving the kiddies sooner into more rigorous schools (most likely not so good).
No doubt we will just have to wait and see. But it occurs to me that those who argue for more education as a solution to all societies ills are themselves highly educated and well off (they assume) because of it. And yes I know that last sentence is a little bit ambiguous: Deal with it.