WASHINGTON — Federal Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York says documents called "statements of reasons" are an optional way for a judge to express "views that might be of interest." The one he issued two months ago is still reverberating.
WASHINGTON — When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
And a penguin?
In case you missed the most pressing issue of the season — Santa's race — Fox News' Megyn Kelly reaped a whirlwind when she recently declared that not only is Santa white but so was Jesus.
CHICAGO — Forty-eight hours before a high-school senior in a suburb of Denver burst into his school, shooting a student and then killing himself, a concerned mom asked, on Slate magazine, whether American school kids should be subjected to routine lockdown drills.
Her timing was impeccable.
I was recently driving along on a rural state highway, minding my own business (as they say), when out of nowhere (as they say) darted a white-tailed deer that seemed intent on colliding with my car, which it did.
The damage wasn't much, though more than $1,500 to fix (heavy breathing on a car probably results in more than $1,500 to repair at the auto body shop).
Of the myriad problems besetting Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, what to do about government anti-Semitism was not high on his list. But it confronted him nevertheless, last week (Dec. 17) in 1862 when Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant issued his infamous General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from trading with the Union Army.
PRINCETON, N.J. — In a scientific complex on 88 bucolic acres near here, some astonishingly talented people are advancing a decades-long project to create a sun on Earth.
When — not if; when — decades hence they and collaborators around the world succeed, their achievement will be more transformative of human life than any prior scientific achievement.
"The only way Obamacare is going to be delayed is if the American people demand it from the president and the Senate."
— U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, commenting on the need for House Republicans to be able to work with President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate to bring a halt to the damaging impact of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
It's not often that toilet paper turns into legal paper, but it happens.
"To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible."
— U.S. Supreme Court, 1838
WASHINGTON — 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people — her phrase "Embrace the suck."