In 2018, death, all too often, was the news. The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi sparked an outcry, in Congress and beyond, against the government of Saudi Arabia—except, controversially, from President Donald Trump. The president’s absence from the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, and his subdued presence months later at a service for President George H.W. Bush, dominated the news cycle for days. And then there was the loss of Senator John McCain, whose fierce defense of American values suffused a memorial in Washington that many saw as a rebuke to Trumpism and reminder of a bygone bipartisan time. As we do at the end of each year, Politico Magazine recently collected remembrances of these political figures and many others who died in 2018—reflections from friends, colleagues and mentees, as well as historians, journalists and other expert observers, about why these lives, now lost, mattered so much and how they continue to shape our world … [Read more...] about The Deaths That Shook Politics in 2018
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Ms. Gund is a wealthy white woman who spent a lifetime fighting for racial justice. At 80, she’s the homecoming queen of the philanthropy world. She’s also running out of cash. Agnes Gund at her home in Manhattan. Credit Credit Brad Ogbonna for The New York Times Supported by ByJacob Bernstein Nov. 3, 2018 At a recent gala benefit for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Agnes Gund accepted an award for her achievements in philanthropy and did something fairly unusual among people in her social set: She barely spoke about herself. Instead, Ms. Gund used her six minutes at the lectern to praise the museum for its contributions to culture and toasted her fellow medal recipients — the curator Thelma Golden and the sculptor Richard Serra — whose work enriched her life. Ms. Gund, 80, is patently uncomfortable accepting awards. She worries that she is going to sound foolish, or look … [Read more...] about Is Agnes Gund the Last Good Rich Person?
Kavanaugh Confirmation Activists, reporters, and White House officials are consumed with a barrage of rumors, hearsay and tantalizing tips about a Supreme Court nominee and his accuser. It is the tweet that launched a thousand rumors. On Tuesday evening, Ed Whelan, a conservative activist and legal commentator, posted a remarkable claim about the charge of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Story Continued Below “By one week from today, I expect that Judge Kavanaugh will have been clearly vindicated on this matter,” Whelan wrote. “Specifically, I expect that compelling evidence will show his categorical denial to be truthful. There will be no cloud over him.” In a follow-up tweet, he added for good measure: “Senator [Dianne] Feinstein will soon be apologizing to Judge Kavanaugh.” Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first senator to learn about the accusation against Kavanaugh. Whelan, … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh saga sets Washington rumor mill on fire
By Josh Brodesky Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, August 25, 2018 A vote for the fire union’s proposed charter changes this fall is a vote to make San Antonio poorer and less competitive. This is the simple, basic truth. Don’t lose sight of it amid the swirling politics of distraction. It is a vote to make the community poorer. To say anything else is to muddle the message. To say the voters need to be educated about the charter changes is to speak with condescension. Recommended Video: Now Playing: With divisions still appearing to run deep between the EU and Britain over Brexit, former prime minister Tony Blair has been in Brussels on what can be described as a Brexit intervention. He's hoping to change the course of Brexit, if not stop it altogether. He spoke to Euronews' Tesa Arcilla. The Brexit 'dilemma' Euronews: "How effective do you think your Brexit interventions are, is it wishful thinking or is it based on something that you know that … [Read more...] about A vote to make San Antonio poorer
By Rich Lowry Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018 Photo: Alex Wong /Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA., on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Democrats complain that this nomination makes the court undemocratic, forgetting that it has long been like that — in their favor. less Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA., on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Democrats complain that this nomination makes the court undemocratic, forgetting ... more Photo: Alex Wong /Getty Images Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be … [Read more...] about Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic