Carrie Underwood, who has co-hosted the Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley since 2008, expressed a hope that this year's broadcast (November 2 on ABC) will be more homage to country legends than a forum for election-year politics.
Comedy is a delicate business and should be left to the trained professionals. So the next time Donald Trump announces his intention to be purposefully amusing in a public setting, we need to respond properly, and that proper response is: "God. No. Please. In the name of all that is holy, stop. Don't do it. Think of the children."
While the mainstream media continues its obsessive reporting on the mud-slinging campaign for the White House, a dramatic development in China last week brought President Obama's "pivot to Asia" to a sudden halt. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, while in Beijing, announced his country's "separation" from the United States. He told his Chinese audience, "Your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States ... both in military, but also economics.''
While President Obama was busy last week telling Hillary supporters how "dangerous" he perceives Donald Trump, real danger quietly passed through the English Channel - when Russian warships made their way toward the quagmire that is the war in Syria.
When I arrived at Kansas City International I knew what I was seeing wasn't typical. After all it was 5:15 on a Friday morning and the place was packed. As I walked pass the baggage check, I noticed most of the travelers were college students.