Unlike news reports, theater isn't expected to stick to the facts. By nature, the form is duplicitous, built on a sandy foundation of make-believe and pretense.
In November, California voters will have their first
chance in a decade to reform the state's "three strikes and you're
out" law, which has imposed cruel life sentences on thousands for
Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.
The Bush Administration has not made it easy on its supporters. David Brooks now admits that he was gripped with a "childish fantasy" about Iraq.
The Abu Ghraib prison scandal now implicates the highest levels of the Bush Administration in violating federal law and in war crimes.
So there were WMDs in Iraq after all. They're called digital cameras.
Partly because of them, the United States faces one of the most
humiliating defeats in imperial history.
We're told that the few rotten apples
Who brought on this sordid affair'll
Be punished. But what if those apples
Are right at the top of the barrel?
As of this writing, seven in ten Americans want Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld to remain at his post, a vote of confidence that exceeds that
even for the President himself.
On April 28 the subject of torture was discussed in oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.
Even before the Congressional hearings on the criminal abuse of Iraqi
detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, Colin Powell brought up My Lai, the
Vietnamese village where, in 1968, American troops slau