Maryland’s two-term Republican Gov. Larry Hogan urged a different direction for the GOP after taking the oath of office for another four years. Hogan had Jeb Bush introduce him and praised the traditional wing of the Republican Party, while condemning dysfunction in Washington.
In the drawn out farewells for two singular Americans, we seem to have been struggling with a loss more profound than the deaths of a singer and a senator. In their passing, we could see how our country is slipping away.
Upon his death, the life and service of national hero Sen. John McCain was indeed fully praised beginning on Wednesday in his home state of Arizona continuing in our nation's capitol on Friday and Saturday, and concluding with a private burial service on Sunday at the Naval Academy.
This is not news — and it is nothing against the man, Sen. John McCain — but the New York Times obit on McCain, written by Robert D. McFadden, inadvertently serves as a template for how white privilege works.
Today, both name-calling and put-downs have become acceptable. If this is something that professionals do — and our U.S. president does, often on a daily basis — what hope do we have to become better people, a better nation?
With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in this country.
President Trump continued his submissive behavior toward Vladimir Putin this week congratulating him on victory in a rigged election. But I am not worried, because Saul Berenson, of 'Homeland," is now on the case tracking down the Russians responsible for poisoning our information ecosystem.
Jules Witcover made a point with which I totally agree. His point was that Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Robert Corker, who have been outspoken in their opposition to President Trump’s agenda and methods, should continue the fight to keep the GOP from becoming an extremist party.
We are a nation led by too many men and women today who have no sense of honor. That's the thought on which I ended a binge screening of the seven-part National Geographic mini-series with last Sunday. Events on the media and politics beat this week have only deepened my belief in that feeling.