We the parents, synagogue clergy, wedding planners and former orthodontists of all of the successful young Hollywood types you discuss on your blog, would like to THANK YOU, Nikki, for providing such a perfect forum for us to applaud them publicly.
What happens when we move back deadlines? Research suggests we have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. We wind up facing the same problem again -- only now we've gone an additional week, or month, or year without reaching an important goal.
The Obama administration is trying to have it both ways on the "morning after" pill, and by doing so is taking a firm anti-scientific stand for irrationality. But Obama promised us all, in his first campaign, to do away with having politics dictate federal scientific policy.
As we used to say in the House of Representatives, today I'm going to yield to my esteemed colleague from Brooklyn, singer and songwriter Mr. Harry Chapin. For a song that he wrote 37 years ago, called "What Made America Famous."
Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.
Democrats in the last Congress could have passed the 2011 budget, but they did not. They punted, leaving the door open for Republicans to do what they will with the budget for both this year and for FY 2012.
I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.