Category Archives: public policy

A brief history of the Internet being suspicious of Ted Cruz’s identity

Is that you, Ted? (Screen shot via Reddit.) Earlier this week, Reddit user missvh dropped a screen grab from “Maury” into an /r/pics thread with the simple caption, “ A female guest on Maury that looks just like Ted Cruz .” The woman in the photo — who appeared on an episode titled “5 Men Tested … Will I Find My Daughter’s Father Today?” — did bear an uncanny resemblance to the Texas senator. For most people, the discovery would seem nothing more than a random, mildly entertaining coincidence Continue reading

UT homicide: Questions surface about suspect’s alleged mental illness, meds

Officials classified Meechaiel Criner as a “hazard” when he was booked into the Travis County Jail for the murder of University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser. Continue reading

The Long Reach of North Carolina’s LGBT Law

A year after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, a North Carolina governor has moved the fight for lesbian, gay and transgender rights from the wedding chapel to public restrooms – a new front in the broader, ongoing battle for equal treatment for the gay community. On Wednesday, Gov Continue reading

Conservatives Say Trump Should Soften His Bluster

Conservative voters including Republican supporters of GOP front-runner Donald Trump aren’t troubled by his controversial policy positions as much as by his blustery, steamrolling personality. Even Trump backers acknowledge that the billionaire businessman is a vain, insult-prone know-it-all who alienates people. But they say if he can soften his temperament, and still exhibit strong leadership and charisma, he would be a powerful and attractive nominee and a good president Continue reading

Trump, Clinton Take Arizona Primaries

It was the first Western showdown for the surviving presidential candidates. Continue reading

Evangelicals accuse fellow believers of abandoning faith to support Trump

Students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., sing before Donald J. Trump delivers a speech on Jan. 18, 2016. Continue reading

For Blacks and Hispanics, Faster Lives and Quicker Deaths

Sixteen years into the new millennium, many white Americans see racial and ethnic inequalities as belonging to a bygone era of blatant discrimination and legal segregation that ended with the Civil Rights protections enacted a half century ago or more. The popular thinking goes that the reasons African-Americans and Hispanics nationally lag behind in income and wealth, in health and education, have to do with their own “personal shortcomings,” in the words of Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson. RELATED The Costs of Inequality: When a Fair Shake Isn’t Fair Enough Or, as David R Continue reading

Nancy Reagan, who became powerful first lady, dies at 94

Former first lady Nancy Reagan waits to greet Republican presidential candidates in a replica of the Oval Office at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, before the Reagan Centennial GOP presidential primary debate in Simi Valley, California September 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Chris Carlson) Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who as an aspiring actress married affable leading man Ronald Reagan, and then offered her unfailing support and Hollywood style as his unlikely political career took them to the Sacramento’s governor’s mansion and then all the way to the White House, has died. She was 94 Continue reading

Flint crisis a campaign issue for Democrats, less so for GOP

By DAVID EGGERT FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Nakiya Wakes raised her hand in a church to ask Bernie Sanders what he would do to help the people of Flint if he is elected president. The city’s lead-tainted water, Wakes said, is to blame for her miscarriage and her son’s repeated suspensions from the first grade. Continue reading

VP chatter turns to Tom Perez, a pick that could help Clinton with progressives

Hillary Clinton laughs as U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez endorses her during a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa, Dec Continue reading