By Jim Nowlan
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to eliminate most or all limits on money in politics. If the court lifts the already porous lid on campaign expenditures by megabucks players on the Right and Left, we may see confirmation that America is largely run by an oligarchy of wealth.
Is there anything we can or should do about it?
WASHINGTON — She who is about to become the most consequential woman in the history of American government will find it easier to be confirmed than it was to be nominated as the next chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Janet Yellen probably was the president's second choice, but Senate Democrats demonstrated their intention and ability to reject Larry Summers.
CHICAGO — Activist and educator Matthew Lynch recently asked if language barriers are the "new segregation." He challenged readers of an Education Week blog to consider if it is "fair to separate our student populations based on their native language."
With a solid Democratic electorate, access to substantial campaign funds and a history of easy re-election efforts, Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin is perceived as one of the safest incumbents in his party on the 2014 ballot.
"I don't want that deal."
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's presidency has become a feast of failures whose proliferation protects their author from close scrutiny of any one of them.
Now, however, we can revisit one of the first and see it as a harbinger of progressivism's downward stumble to HealthCare.gov.
WASHINGTON — Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.
Dear Ms. Know-It-All:
WASHINGTON — This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival's thumb.
By Jim Nowlan
I write a column for the Oriental Morning Post in Shanghai, one of China's leading newspapers. I try to explain our system to the paper's upscale readers. Here is my recent take on American political dysfunction. This is edited down, as the Chinese paper likes long columns.
Nobody knows better than Adam Andrzejewski that politics is a numbers game.
In 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for government, and on primary election night the numbers told him he lost.