Any American who is old enough can remember where he or she was when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. I was in a downtown Washington deli, where I stopped enroute from Capitol Hill to the ABC News bureau to get a carry-out sandwich.
Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.
American society has progressed in many ways since 1964, and much of that progress stems directly from the Civil Rights Act. But we've lost something profound as well, particularly in the way our government functions.
Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.
$1-billion-a-day figure estimating the costs of the Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach strike was trotted out quickly and promoted widely, because it's attention-getting. And possibly, because it serves certain political objectives. But it's not accurate.
It would be difficult to imagine, because it rarely happens. Grandstanding occurs far more frequently than compromise. That may be good for cable news and bloggers. But for the rest of the people? Not so much.
There is no liberty without order, no liberty when economic policies aren't rational, no liberty when citizens are not treated equally, no liberty when the planet has been polluted. That's a truth Republicans used to acknowledge.
Today's Republicans are far from their predecessors. Beyond political differences with Obama and the Democrats, they've been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign's final days.