Perpetrators of hate crimes often take their cues from what they hear in the media. And the recent inclination of some politicians to use inflammatory rhetoric is contributing to a climate of hate and fear.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended police practices in Baltimore at a conference of law enforcement officials on Monday and argued that city leaders did not do enough to support the police during the riots in April.
I certainly don't want robed priests dictating how America should define life, death and everything in between (including marriage), but I'm at a loss as to why having robed lawyers (i.e., judges) make such decisions is such an obvious improvement.
Republicans fear having Democrats control the White House longer than eight years for the first time since the days of Harry Truman. Above all else, that fear will be the animating feature of the 2016 GOP primary.
Times certainly have changed in the Republican Party. Gone are the times when patience was its own reward and loyal leading members would await their turn in the list of aspiring presidential candidates.
Students at the University of Maryland have launched a petition calling on the college to boot Chick-fil-A off the College Park campus, after the president of the fast food chain said he opposes gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A has reaped both complaints and kudos in the past for contributions made to organizations battling same-sex marriage, but they paled in comparison to the social-media-fueled uproar that followed comments by the fast-food chain's president.
Despite months of speculation that he would retire rather than face a tough re-election, Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett appears to be mounting something of a political comeback as he begins to gear up for a race that will be among the most closely watched in the nation.
I saw a lot of Iowa straw poll coverage this weekend, and some of it was pretty awful. But nothing made me want to gag like this exchange between Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann Saturday night on Huckabee's weekly conflict-of-interest hour
A string of GOP heavyweights, including several presidential candidates, have campaigned in Maryland in recent months, despite the state's reputation as a Democratic stronghold. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is to visit this week.