CHICAGO — In my first full-time teaching job, a supervisor disabused me of the classroom-management silliness my teacher-preparation program had drilled into me.
A battle-hardened veteran devoid of educational mumbo jumbo, she gave it to me straight: Be firm, show 'em who's in charge.
"In a three-hour period, I had $1,200. And in a day and a half, I had $2,000. Four different guys gave the entire $200 requested. They said to go out and help some more Gifford families, so we added four more Gifford families."
WASHINGTON — The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly":
WASHINGTON — We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.
Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis.
Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.
WASHINGTON — In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program." But if the program, now several decades old, had really been "halted" shortly after U.S.
Six or seven years ago, I cobbled together a series of columns on common words that had simply disappeared from the lexicon.
Some of these referred to products no longer in use — like fender skirts or curb feelers. Others — more — had simply fallen out of style. It's a living language, they say, and as new words arise, others become objects of antiquity.
"If you're a bartender, have a happy hour."
— President Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of 160 young Obamacare missionaries at the White House about creative ways to encourage Americans to sign up.
One of the oldest cliches in politics is that pols who feel double-crossed should not get mad, but get even.
In December 2012, Champaign County Board member Michael Richards vowed to get even. The Democrat wanted to be the chairman of the new 11-district, 22-member county board, and he had narrowly won the endorsement of the Democratic caucus. But it was not to be.
WASHINGTON — Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement's manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran's nuclear infrastructure remain. U.S.