A best-selling sports book, "The Boys in the Boat," describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There's lots about rowing, but what...
We Can Attack Global Warming Without Trump It would be nice if President-elect Donald Trump took one of the most serious threats to life on earth seriously, but he does not. Trump called global warming a Chinese "hoax" during the campaign, and he's assigned a science dunce to lead the transition at the Environmental Protection Agency. The comforting news is that America can move past the black hole of ignorance in Trump's Washington—or New York or wherever he is. Enlightened state and city governments, as well as the private sector, can provide the leadership.
Dear Facebook friends, If you don't see me gushing over the pix of your Thanksgiving pies, take no offense. It's because Facebook has become a platform for the sort of fake news stories that helped elect Donald Trump. In doing so, Facebook undermines our civic culture—its creepy smile floating overhead.
What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That's because at a certain point, "inclusivity" takes on the air of exclusivity. Clinton's fervent messaging to Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, Muslims, the LGBT community and women went beyond the usual targeting.
Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans' sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord. And a world that rushed to America's side 15 years ago shudders at us now. Calmer opinion says we'll get through this. The erratic and uninformed Trump will be checked and balanced by Congress and wise advisers. One hopes but also wonders.
Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable Care Act. No, Clinton didn't call it "crazy." This is what Clinton said (after noting that over 20 million more Americans now have health care): "The people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world." And he's right about this aspect of Obamacare.
Who "won" the second presidential debate? Skip that question. Who lost it? Easy answer. The American people and the reputation of their nation. This was no "he thinks this, she believes that" kind of conversation. Like her or not (and I like her), Hillary Clinton came to the debate—and presidential race—prepared to talk about what she wants to see happen in this country. Trump was, and remains, about maintaining his delusions of business prowess and animal attraction to women. What many early on thought was an act turns out to be his person.
Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European Union and 19 U.S. states. Governors in four states that do permit capital punishment—Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington—have imposed a moratorium on executions. The rest of America is getting there. For the first time in almost 50 years, less than half the public supports the death penalty, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Even states that still put inmates to death seem to be losing the stomach for it.
A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control—and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind." That this observation appeared under the headline "The Gathering Nuclear Storm"—and was written by a conservative journalist, Mark Helprin—should give us pause. The rubber bands Trump's advisers had wrapped around his brain to hold it together during the debate with Hillary Clinton apparently snapped after about the first hal