Mary Matalin and Jonathan Alter debate whether Obamacare's Relaunch retook the health offensive and can revive it. Mary then describes what a Catholic conservative thinks about a Pope attacking "trickle down" policies and Limbaugh attacking the Pope for "pure Marxism." Also: What War on Xmas?
Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.
What is really going on here is a combination of intentional insularity and ideological patronage. Instead of wanting to have their ideas tested and challenged by their clerks, the conservative Justices apparently want their law clerks to applaud and affirm their views.
Protesting is important in that it's the option to turn to when critical discourse is stifled. But protesting the opportunity to hear and engage critically with an ideology is damaging for both parties involved.
The fact that any American in 2013 -- let alone a justice of the United States Supreme Court, located in a major urban center with a large LGBT population -- can say he or she doesn't know anyone who is openly gay is pretty astounding. Scalia has spun a cocoon around himself.
History, it is said, is written by the victors. In North Carolina, apparently, that history will be written by Sharia-fearin', teacher-salary slashin' white people totin' guns into their favorite playgrounds and bars.
Wishes form the foundation of fairy tales, romantic films, and idle fantasy. There are times, however, when one's innocent fantasies can go horribly wrong and what started out on such a promising note can evolve into a horrifying nightmare.