If the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court becomes the
titanic battle that both sides in the judicial wars have been
anticipating for years, Democrats must create a new playbook. If they
stick to the same old strategies, they could end up wishing that
Harriet Miers had fared better.
On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining
circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there
are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las
Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down
segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the
popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life
should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who
came before and after her.
Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball
periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives
him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left
behind in “baseball factories,” still hoping?
The privatization of the nation’s greatest, once-public colleges and
universities is well under way. The loss of low-cost higher education
is a quiet tragedy, one that will severely limit the potential of
generations of future students.
It has all the makings of a horror flick, but panic over a
possible bird flu pandemic is following a time-honored script:
sensational media reports, profit-hungry drug manufacturers and
politicians eager to capitalize on fears.