A Rolling Stone story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia has, in the eyes of many in the media, gone from bombshell reporting to journalistic malpractice in the bat of an eye. The piece achieves its power with a difficult-to-read opening about the protagonist of the story, Jackie, arriving with a date at a fraternity party where a trap has been set by frat brothers to take turns brutally raping her for hours. The details of this crime are practically unspeakable.
President Barack Obama's stated goal in the fight against the Islamic State, aka ISIS, is to reduce it to a "manageable problem." What this means, he hasn't spelled out in great specificity. Presumably fewer beheadings. A slower pace of Western recruiting. Fewer genocidal threats against embattled minorities. A downgrading of the caliphate to a mini-state, or merely a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq. The evil of ISIS has stirred nearly everyone around President Obama to ringing statements of resolve.
As a defender of the nation's borders, President Barack Obama is a hell of a pool player. The president enjoyed a game at a bar in Denver with Colorado Gov.
It takes a nearly impenetrable obtuseness to conclude that the most salient thing to know about University of California Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger is that he was a white male who didn't like women. Yet many liberal commentators have managed it in the painful festival of stupidity that has followed his horrific act of mass murder.
It was inevitable that attacks on Hillary Clinton would be deemed sexist. We now know that they will be called ageist, too. A report in the New York Post's Page Six that Karl Rove told a conference last week that Hillary Clinton might be brain-damaged after a 30-day hospital stay during her illness at the end of 2012 caused a volcanic eruption of denunciation aimed at the Republican strategist. Rove was accused, among other things, of dealing the age card from the bottom of the deck. Rove denies saying "brain damage," and the Page Six report didn't put quote marks around that phrase.
When the Washington Post-ABC News poll at the end of March showed a very slim plurality supporting Obamacare, Democrats hoped the health-care law had finally turned the proverbial corner. Then came the Post-ABC poll in April.
All you really need to know about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in this week's affirmative-action case is that Attorney General Eric Holder praised it as "courageous." There's a strong presumption that whatever meets Holder's approval will be insipid or politically stilted or both, and Sotomayor's opinion doesn't disappoint on either count. In a 6-2 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's prohibition on racial discrimination in college admissions, adopted as an amendment to the state's constitution by voter initiative in 2006.