Monday, May 27, 2013
Diagnosis: Informed Citizen Disorder
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the great pleasures of my life – reading the New York Times – is also bad for my health.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The day the Earth stood stupid
Say goodnight, Earthlings. That message — plus the slimmest of shots at an eleventh-hour reprieve — was announced to the people of the world last. . .
Monday, April 29, 2013
Can’t we all just not get along?
Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity – there’s too much.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An apple for the Apple
I ain’t letting no computer grade this column. No way.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Daddy’s Been Arrested
The final inch of the story turned me into an emotional puddle.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The bartender who rescued America
Prouty, we learned last week, is the 38-year old bartender who videotaped the $50,000-a-plate Boca Raton fundraiser where Mitt Romney wrote off 47. . .
Monday, March 4, 2013
Supermarkets say: Please don’t buy the dreck we sell
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was in a Minneapolis branch of Byerly’s, an upscale grocery chain in Minnesota. Scanning the aisles for a small. . .
Monday, February 18, 2013
How to avoid meteors
NASA scientists say that meteor explosions like the one last week injuring 1,200 people in Chelyabinsk, Siberia, are 100-year events. The last time a. . .
Monday, February 4, 2013
Being American is bad for your health
“Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations.”
Monday, January 21, 2013
Opinion: The Post-Kumbaya President
Four years ago, while Democrats danced at inaugural balls, Reps. Cantor and Ryan dined at The Caucus Room, a Capitol Hill steakhouse, along with. . .
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The future of technology: Fear of fun
Some day not all that far in the future, a new kind of entertainment is going to be perfected that will either be the coolest video game ever or the. . .
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Fear of fun
Some day not all that far in the future, a new kind of entertainment is going to be perfected that will either be the coolest video game ever, or the. . .
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Sandy Hook, Sandy and the politics of learned helplessness
"We have got to get Michelle to make this her priority."
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Two, three, many Grover Norquists
So Grover Norquist turns out to be a colossus with feet of clay.
Monday, November 19, 2012
GOP smart on copyright for 24 hours
They threw Derek Khanna under the bus. On Friday afternoon, the Republican Study Committee – the House caucus that promulgates right-wing. . .
Monday, November 5, 2012
My Chris Christie hypocrisy
I was against Chris Christie before I was before him. If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the. . .
Thursday, October 18, 2012
What do (suburban) women want?
If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars,. . .
Thursday, October 4, 2012
How to lose the next debate
A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote a “Romney Wins First Debate” column, I didn’t think I was going out on a limb. Obama’s re-election was. . .
Monday, September 24, 2012
Marty Kaplan: Romney wins first debate
If the media-industrial complex obeys its usual laws of supply and demand, the political headlines over the next four weeks are fairly predictable:. . .
Friday, September 7, 2012
Dreaming of a wave election
What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa. It’s that Democrats connected with the country. . .
Monday, August 27, 2012
Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying
It shouldn't have taken Todd Akin's crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another "method of conception."
Monday, July 30, 2012
How to ignore the campaign
Congratulations. You’re about to prevent hundreds of hours of your life from going down the rat hole between now and Election Day.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Why Kim loves Disney
Until I saw 16 hot North Korean chicks singing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” to Kim Jong-un, the strangest video that I’d ever seen of a head of state. . .
Monday, July 2, 2012
Ambushed by optimism
Twice in the past few weeks, my train of thought has been hijacked by hope. I am not by nature pessimistic. But for a while now my mood about. . .