The meaning of Robert Kennedy's public life will continue to be contested. But on this day that would have been his 90th birthday, his legacy will remain strongly identified with the rejuvenating spirit of grassroots activism.
Ever since the White House was first occupied in 1800, there have been rumors of hauntings, but I got this story direct from the President. No, not President Obama. I first heard about the White House ghosts directly from the lips of Ronald Reagan.
I am in awe, both of Patrick Kennedy and of Lady Gaga, because, as much as I feel that it is my responsibility to be authentic and honest about my history, it is never easy to talk about it.
The mysterious, mostly disappeared world of LIFE magazine is all still there: Staffers hacking at typewriters, beefing about the managing editor, draining double Scotches and martinis before lunch. At least in my mind it's still there.
I have no issue with Benghazi being investigated; all the better to prevent future attacks. It is also understandable to be outraged at the deaths in Benghazi. But not if you felt no such outrage when embassy staff was killed under Bush. Or if you give Bush a pass on 9/11.
Since the beginnings of film, literature has played a significant role in developing the medium. Adaptations are everywhere, but here are some literary tales that we hope inspire more stories on the silver screen.
Patrick Kennedy's dedication to improving access to mental health care, as well as his activism in creating movement towards mental health reform, has emerged in several ways.
Keep the pressure on. Tell Congress that it's time for them to pass comprehensive mental health care reform. That was the message heard last week during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 4-10), when mental health advocates took to the airwaves nationwide and spread out over Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to call for action.
In the 21st century, we need to add a new precept to the list. That precept is the guarantee of freedom from religious interference in the core processes of our democracy.
We need to stop "othering" and start respecting brain disorders as serious health issues. We also need to get political and take action to start funneling money and resources into research and care.
Who speaks for Americans? To whom must Congress respond? Is it their constituents or their donors and lobbyists? It's time for that debate RFK tried to start in 1968. It's time for Americans to decide what kind of society they want. It's what the framers intended.
Johnson recounts how she became an in-demand globetrotting superstar hanging out at fashion designer Halston's legendary parties with Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor, going to Studio 54, her relationship with tennis legend Arthur Ashe and much more.
Please don't mistake me for a Boehner-defender, but name one other Republican who at least projects a modicum of maturity and discipline. Who, feebly and ineptly, at least tries to act like an adult in a room full of rubes.
The issue for me is not so much the faith of the candidates, but whether they would try to impose their faith on others through public policy.
Former CIA Director George Tenet believed the President's Daily Briefs to be so sensitive that none could be released for publication "no matter how old or historically significant it may be." Yet, yesterday, the CIA declassified and released every PDB produced during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. So what's in the PDBs?
Darkness The Color of Snow begins one icy cold night, when rookie police officer Ronald Forbert pulls over an old high school chum for speeding. The car is filled with drunken friends, and when Forbert attempts to arrest the driver for DUI, a freakish accident leads to the driver's death.