It's still inclusive and noncommercial. Be grateful.
Be grateful! The most American of holidays, ironically, is the one that resists the commercialism, competition, and cutsiness of modern American life.
It has been apparent for some time that Marco Rubio's political skills are less impressive than most people assumed several years ago. During the government shutdown/debt ceiling debacle he was either invisible or confused, ricocheting between extremism and quiet moderation, but at all times appearing like a man who didn't know what to do. In one corner, the business community. In another corner, Tea Party activists who will vote in a 2016 Republican primary. The result: flailing.
The New Republic's Alec MacGillis offers up various reasons why immigration reform has a better chance of passing in the next year than conventional wisdom currently holds. I appreciate his optimism, but immigration is doomed—at least until after the midterm elections.
As the first of what will be semi-regular chats with former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, I called him up on Monday to hear his opinions on Syria, Obama’s second-term agenda, and Larry Summers vs. Janet Yellen at the Fed. Isaac Chotiner: Do you think that Obama’s going to get this vote on Syria through Congress? Barney Frank: Oh, I don’t know. I’m sure there’s a possible way. There are people who would have a much better idea of that than I would. IC: Do you talk to any old friends in the House about what they’re thinking? BF: I’ve talked to exactly three members.
In mid-2001, Johana Cece, a woman in her early twenties, fled her hometown of Korçë, a small city near Albania’s Greek border. A local gang member, “Reqi,” who was notorious for kidnapping women Cece’s age to work as prostitutes, had begun stalking her around town, offering her rides and asking her out on dates that Cece refused. Things came to a head one day when Reqi followed her into a crowded cosmetics store and pinned her against the wall.
Dear Mr. Cruz/Cher M. Cruz—We’re very sorry to bother you, but it has been brought to our attention that you recently sought to renounce your Canadian citizenship.
At home, Barack Obama is waging a battle against Republicans who want to slash the budget. Why has his campaign manager gone to Britain to work for a pol who's doing the same thing?
Luis Guitierrez has all the makings of a primo pitchman for immigration reform. Few members of Congress have been hounding the party leadership to reform the system for as long as the Chicago representative of two decades. He has expert chops and, as a longtime fixture on Spanish-language news, is widely trusted by Latino voters for his line on the reform effort taking place in Congress.
Senator Marco Rubio’s immigration reform effort is in danger. It might seem like his presidential ambitions are in trouble, too. His numbers are down; Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz are starting to dominate the media’s discussion of 2016. In response, Rubio seems desperate to reestablish his conservative credentials, even by associating with a losing fight to defund Obamacare. That knee-jerk response calls Rubio’s political instincts into question, but his presidential chances are still alive, even if his immigration effort is on life support.