President Barack Obama speaks during an election campaign event in Baltimore on June 12. The political environment Obama faces this election cycle is markedly different from 2008, with concerns over the economy compounding the negative impact of any campaign missteps.
Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.
Political winds are funny things. When they are blowing in from behind, leaders look poised, in control, and powerful. When they are blowing into their face, they look overwhelmed, out of their depth, and utterly impotent. We have seen this time and again over the years with presidents.
It is fitting that I watched Prometheus, Ridley Scott's grippingly gross blockbuster movie, this past weekend after having just written about how ultra-advanced aliens would be indistinguishable from gods. In Prometheus we learn, among other things, how the fearsome human-eating alien of the classic 1979 sci-fi movie Alien came into existence.
Florida's controversial voter eligibility program is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters. State election officials say it's necessary to protect the integrity of elections. But the U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit, saying eligible voters could get caught up. Host Michel Martin talks to Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on the alleged intelligence leaks by the Obama administration, and the role the press plays in reporting on top secret programs. They also discuss nudity by two popstars. Host Michel Martin checks in with journalists Viviana Hurtado, Bridget Johnson and Kirsten West Savali.
Fathers across the country will receive their fair share of ties, socks, wallets and mugs this Sunday. But Tell Me More wants to salute fathers with an unconventional gift: wisdom. In the series "Father to Father," dads offer their words of wisdom and advice to other dads. Today's essay comes from Eric Stuart of Van Nuys, California.
Some lesbians in South Africa are becoming victims of so-called "corrective rape." Men are raping women with the alleged intent to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Host Michel Martin speaks to Johannesburg-based journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:40 pm
I'm spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I've barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It's not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter.
At Misty Cargill's funeral, the minister called her an advocate for other people with intellectual disabilities. She was — although a reluctant one.
Cargill became an advocate when NPR did a story about her fight to get a life-saving kidney transplant. Misty, 30, died in her sleep on Saturday. She was on a list to get that transplant when she died.
Saying that his country is "not violating any international law," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today defended his country's sale of weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. He said Russia is not supplying anything that "can be used in battles with peaceful demonstrators."
And, Reuters reports, he "accused the United States of supplying rebels with weapons to fight against the government" — a charge the U.S. has rejected many times.
A money transfer shop sports a broken window in front of a poster of euro banknotes on June 12 in Athens, Greece. The Greek electorate will go to the polls in a re-run of the general election on June 17 after no combination of political parties were able to form a coalition government. That vote could determine whether Greece retains the Euro as its currency.