My essay the other day (about my dad's experience during the 1968 riots) leads us to the sad conclusion that not much has changed in the last 50 years. Over at Slate, Jamelle Bouie's latest thought-provoking piece argues that Baltimore's lingering problems are actually 100 years in the making. Some of the conclusions his piece led me to were probably unintended. Still, a good column, like a song or book, can sometimes spark unique ideas and interpretations.
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Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.
Forty-seven Aprils ago, Baltimore was in flames following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and my dad's National Guard unit was ordered in to curb the unrest. By sheer coincidence, he ran into my uncle (his brother-in-law) who was in town for the Orioles' April 10 opener. I thought about that last night when it was unclear until fairly late whether or not the O's would cancel their game against the White Sox.
Amid growing threats of boycott, Ian Reisner, one of the gay men who hosted an event for Ted Cruz, finally issued a confession on his Facebook page: Hosting the conservative Republican had been "a terrible mistake."
Rob Marks, the liberal who served as Sen. Ted Cruz's college debate partner, is alleging that a recent New York Times article "greatly mischaracterizes" Mr. Cruz's career as a Princeton debater, and "ignores the context of some of these debates."
Kudos to TheDC's Kerry Picket for spotting the significance of this Hillary Clinton quote: “Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
This post has been updated.
As governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker was a supporter of a company that helps wealthy Chinese citizens immigrate to the the United States. This revelation stands in contrast to his recent statement that legal immigration policy should be based on "protecting American workers and American wages."
My latest column deals with the rather superficial concept of "cool-ness," arguing that the candidate deemed to be the most cool usually wins. This, I suggest, could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton. After all, "Grandmothers (and grandfathers!) may be a lot of wonderful things, but 'cool' isn't typically one of them, at least in the popular imagination."
Life moves pretty fast. Just after I submitted my column on soon-to-be-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's appeal to populist conservatives, Scott Walker (who already has a blue collar thing going for him) started questioning the impact legal immigration might have on American jobs.
As he seeks the GOP nomination, former Jeb Bush is stressing his experience as Florida's governor. "Who sits behind the big desk as it relates to the presidency is different than perhaps United States senator or another job," Bush said this weekend in New Hampshire.
In his classic political primer, Rules for Radicals, famed Leftist organizer Saul Alinsky declared, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
We've arrived at the point in the campaign where it's time begin worrying about Sen. Marco Rubio's hawkish tendencies (this is a good sign for him, inasmuch as it signals people are at least starting to imagine him as commander-in-chief).
On a Spring day in 1987, a German teenager (and amateur pilot) named Mathias Rust managed to land a rented single-engine Cessna in Moscow's Red Square ... near the Kremlin!
When word leaked that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was planning to announce her candidacy on Sunday --- one day prior to Sen. Marco's scheduled announcement --- the conventional wisdom seemed to be that she might overshadow him. Instead, she turned out to be the perfect foil, casting him as the clear contrast to Clinton.
You've heard the quadrennial cliché: "This is the most important election in history!" Whether or not that's true, the 2016 contest is poised to be one of the most interesting. So I thought it might be helpful to conduct an interview with someone who could shed some light on what to expect. And -- in the spirit of Ross Douthat -- I figured: Who better to interview than yours truly? Yes, I'm interviewing myself.
I've watched this Rand Paul interview with Savannah Guthrie a few times, and though there are several angles one could take with this, I keep coming back to one main point: These are the exact kinds of questions journalists ought to ask.
During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. "We limit the president two terms" he said. "It is about time we limit the terms of Congress."
Members of the mainstream media sometimes scoff at new media outlets and reporters, but a good look at the MSM's journalistic rap sheet implies there is little to boast about.
Let's begin with the usual disclaimer: Nobody knows what's going to happen. We're in "Jaws versus the monkey" territory.
Why does the media continue to ask Elizabeth Warren if she will run for president?