Sure, we humans like to think of a new year as a blank slate; but deep down we know that history repeats itself. We know that along with the unexpected revelations and unpredictable fads, 2015 will bring us more NFL rap sheets, Facebook privacy settings reconfigurations, fracking debates, "stand somebody else's ground" military actions, sighs over a "do nothing" Congress, major retailer security breaches and warnings of a comet that may or may not strike in 37 years.
We stand at the brink of a new year. Our country will enter it in social, economic, and racial upheaval unlike any other since the late 1960s. These days, who really cares about America?
The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we'd arrived.
I'm writing one of my infrequent serious columns, because I realize there is more to Christmas than non-stop holly jolly mirth.
"You've worked for us for 10 years, Johnson, but I'm not sure how to grade you during this year's performance review."
Let's go deep for a second: What's the point of data?
Elizabeth Warren and plenty of media liberals are in a panic that the Omnibus bill, nicknamed "CRomnibus," is some sort of horrible right-wing Trojan Horse that will grind us all into domination by investment banks.
Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God bless America.
A poll released this week found 51 percent of Americans approve of the harsh interrogation tactics the CIA used immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
One of the most perverse consequences of the feverish backroom deals used to get Obamacare past the finish line was the funding formula for the law's Medicaid expansion, which started with the infamous Cornhusker Kickback, a sweetheart deal for Nebraska alone to get 100 percent federal funding for Medicaid expansion that was used to get then-Senator Ben Nelson's vote.
Can Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton? Moreover, could she somehow leap an even higher hurdle and succeed Barack Obama?
The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I'm already bored.
If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir.
Would police have harassed Eric Garner or his wife if the government had no financial interest in the selling of taxed cigarettes?
Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.
Hillary Clinton's cruise-control candidacy is beginning to leak oil - and that's without any meaningful challengers among Democrats, let alone a formal Republican nominee to worry about.
There we go again, Republicans.
March 15-21, 2015, marks the 10th anniversary of the nationally commemorated Sunshine Week in which open government proponents throughout our nation point with pride at transparency breakthroughs, but are equally alarmed about setbacks to the people's right to know what their government is up to.
God Bless America, and how's everybody?
Let me put this as charitably as I possibly can:
In recent weeks, the Federal Reserve and its apologists in Congress and the media have launched numerous attacks on the Audit the Fed legislation. These attacks amount to nothing more than distortions about the effects and intent of the audit bill.
Fewer things are more rewarding than devotion to something larger than oneself.