The only thing more unpopular today than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at a New England Patriots game or Mel Gibson at a bat mitzvah is Congress. Exhibit A: Recent Gallup polls show Congress stuck in the starting gate. Only 12 percent of Americans express confidence in it, while three out of four believe the institution merits a scarlet letter of dishonor. Both parties. Conservatives and liberals. Men and women. Congress is mired in a muck
The sword of Damocles is set to swing again as Republicans rush to “repeal and replace” Obamacare as promised, Democrats defend it as promised and the public fears whatever happens or doesn’t may not be good for their health. Literally. The conversation about health care reform is reaching full din, fueled by tweets and taunts creating fear and loathing. The politics over health care has become a grim sequel to The Hunger Games, where survival
For the 85th time the mayors of America gathered in the name of progress, more than 250 of them, to proclaim their insurgent independence from politics practiced in spite and politicians too often consumed with it. Instead, the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, set in a resurgent Miami Beach, showcased something remarkable. The mayors thought together, commiserated together, imagined together and pulled together — Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, from the
The bard of all bards beckons us now, to salve our minds and clear our conscience. Shakespeare’s observation about the theater of the real was right. When you strip it all away, much of the din consuming us is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The sound today comes from a veritable blizzard of news, information and social media pursuing and parsing everything that’s said and everything that’s done. The fury is the attitude
As Washington carnivores line up for front row seats to the sequel of “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming” and the media camp outside congressional hearing rooms excitedly waits to cover the coming out party of fired FBI Director James Comey, White House advisors are considering retreat and retrenchment. Against a gathering storm of media fire and partisan ire, their counsel is to take shelter in the Rose Garden, tighten their already tight-knit