We don’t do enough thinking about catastrophe, so let’s pause to note that everything on our national political stage — tax reform, immigration, health care, the Mueller investigation — and in our private lives, for that matter, occurs against two apocalyptic backdrops: climate change and nuclear war.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was right to put his foot down and call hypocrisy by its name. He briefly forced a government shutdown early Friday by delaying a Senate vote required to advance the government’s spending authority. Paul was making a point that needed to be made.
The world’s great dictatorships share a common trait: the leadership’s demand for unwavering loyalty from the governed. Even among supposed democracies such as Turkey and Egypt, anyone who dares to “insult” the nation by questioning the ruler’s decisions can land in prison — or worse.
WASHINGTON — This is the autopsy of a lie. On the night of Nov. 18, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dying on the side of an interstate in West Texas. There were immediate signs it had been an accident. Martinez’s partner, Stephen Garland (who suffered a head injury and doesn’t recall the incident), had radioed for help, saying he thought he ran into a culvert.
Five months later, we still don’t know why Stephen Paddock rented a room in a Las Vegas high-rise and decidedto commit one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, killing 58 and injuring more than 500.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney once likened government regulations to a “slow cancer,” an attitude he shares with many in the Trump administration. So it’s hardly surprising that, in his new part-time role as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mulvaney would waste little time pulling back on the agency’s rules and its authority. It’s yet another reminder, as if any more were necessary, that elections have consequences.