In the countdown to the Iowa caucuses next Monday night, the candidates had one last big chance to make a splash: a final debate, scheduled for tomorrow, and sponsored by the Republican Party’s unofficial cheerleading squad, Fox News. But, because this year is not like any other year, the drama expected at the debate has actually preceded it with Donald Trump announcing he was going to boycott.
In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank concludes that the Flint water crisis is Gov. Rick Snyder's fault. Kudos to Rachel Maddow for staying on this story until it caught fire. I hope people will draw the obvious conclusion: Just because someone has been successful as a businessperson tells us next to nothing about their suitability as a government official.
The Holy Father issued a very challenging document over the weekend on the occasion of World Communications’ Day. Appropriately in this Year of Mercy, he focused on the relationship between mercy and communications. The statement has implications for pastors of the Church, politicians, and for those of us who write in the Catholic press.
At Politico, how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld buried a report that questioned the extent and value of U.S. intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program. I do not believe that political decision makers should be hauled into court for making bad decisions, but Mssr. Rumsfeld will have some explaining to do when he gets to the pearly gates.
The other day I was having a conversation about health care with a friend in the labor movement. We were discussing various problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the pressures on hospitals to cut costs and the negative effects of workers those pressures create, and such things.
“Happy New Year!” we all wish each other when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. The next day, while walking my dogs, I exchanged the same wish with my neighbors. But, for hundreds of refugees to this country, the new year has been horrific, not happy, and the fault lies exclusively with the Obama administration.
At Alternet, Robert Reich makes the point that the GOP did not simply snap up white working class voters. The Dems abandoned them. He might have also noted that this was not just about economic policy, it was about the Dems' penchant for sticking their finger in the eyes of working class voters, white and black, on cultural issues.
A blizzard is set to hit Washington tomorrow, interfering with plans for the annual Right-to-Life March. There is a metaphor for the state of the pro-life movement in the weather forecast, but it is not necessarily the one that the organizers have in mind.
The Holy Father delivered another amazing sermon that is probably setting the groundwork for an Apostolic Exhortation that will knock everyone's socks off. March, when we anticipate the Exhortation will be released, is going to be more than a little interesting.
Here at NCR, John Gehring has a wonderful commentary on the state of the civil rights movement.
Distinctly Catholic: Both Palin and Trump are skilled at articulating the sense of emotional grievance that lurks in many a working class heart.