What I Got Wrong in 2015…

“Get ready for the “Bush Rebounds” stories. You heard it hear first.” One of my less-than-perfect predictions from 2015 ——— In the spirit...

What I Got Wrong in 2015…

“Get ready for the “Bush Rebounds” stories. You heard it hear first.” One of my less-than-perfect predictions from 2015 ——— In the spirit...

Grab the Pitchforks

“The CDO – collateralized debt obligation – was, in effect, a credit laundering service for the residents of Lower Middle Class America....

Grab the Pitchforks

“The CDO – collateralized debt obligation – was, in effect, a credit laundering service for the residents of Lower Middle Class America....

The Rules Matter…

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering – Bridge of Spies – works on several levels as his best films tend to. In fact, it may be one...

The Rules Matter…

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering – Bridge of Spies – works on several levels as his best films tend to. In fact, it may be one...

Selma: The Movie, The History

The Movie… If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Selma you should. While mostly snubbed by those who Like all films that set out...

Selma: The Movie, The History

The Movie… If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Selma you should. While mostly snubbed by those who Like all films that set out...

Oscar Takeaways

As Alessandra Stanley wrote in The New York Times this morning, “If the Super Bowl is a secular Christmas that everyone can celebrate,...

No Coincidence

Consider the timeline. On July 10, 2013 Politico, the Bible of conventional political wisdom inside the Beltway, ran a tough piece on...

Jim Crow’s Playmates

By all accounts Mr. Rickey, as everyone called him, wasn’t much of a ballplayer himself. He only played in the majors for four seasons,...

Baseball on Film

Another reason I hope 42 is worthy of becoming a classic is that there are relatively few really good movies about baseball. I think I’ve...

Traditions

Charles Dickens, with his enduring 1843 tale A Christmas Carol, invented much of what we consider the traditions of Christmas – the...

Lessons from Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis once again establishes himself as film’s finest living actor. Before Day-Lewis’ Lincoln, every film version of the life...

The Spy from Boise

Years ago as a very young, very naive reporter, the boss handed me a piece of wire copy ripped straight off the teletype machine and told...

All the Kings Men

In Robert Penn Warren’s classic 1946 Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Kings Men, one of Gov. Willie Stark’s acolytes offers the...

A Moveable Feast

One of the sweetest scenes in Woody Allen’s charming new film “Midnight in Paris,” involves the main character, played by Owen Wilson,...

The Veto

The presidential or gubernatorial veto may be the single biggest political club our nation’s executives can swing. The House and the...

A Good Movie

In a year of generally lackluster output from Hollywood, there comes at the end of the year a truly exceptional film from – England. With...

I Am Love

Family, food, fabrics, footwear. Set it all in Milan in a fabulous villa – the Medicis would kill (maybe they did) for this place – and...