Category Archives: News of the Day

News. News. News. January 20th Edition

Certainties in Life: State of the Union Addresses & Taxes President Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union Address this evening. The Constitution requires the President to present to Congress, from time to time, a message on the State of the Union. This has degenerated, like most things in American politics, into a media event that is, I think, unbecoming for a republic. Most galling, at least for me, is the display that members of Congress make as they… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 19th Edition

US Supreme Court to Settle Gay Marriage Bans at State Level The United States Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear a challenge of the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision that upheld gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In 2013, the Court decided that federal laws that defined marriage as between a man and a woman were unconstitutional, but it did not settle the whether or not states can define marriage as between a man and… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 16th Edition

Are the Oscars Racist? Al Sharpton has activated his National Action Network in an effort to protest what he sees as the obvious racism involved with the Academy Awards nominations. The acting nominees are all white and Selma, which depicts struggles of the civil rights era, was thought to be a heavy contender for nominations, but was shut out except for Best Picture and Original Song. Vox and Slate also chime in with similar concerns. Big Hollywood‘s John Nolte pushes… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 15th Edition

Paul Ryan Wants to Shape Policy, Not Be President Vox has a slight commentary on Paul Ryan’s decision not to pursue the GOP presidential nomination. Ezra Klein argues that Ryan is making a straightforward choice to use his post as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee to shape the nation’s fiscal policy, preferably in his own image. Part of his analysis is that the media mis-portrays American politics by overemphasizing presidential power, often at the expense of Congress,… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 14th Edition

Some Companies Reducing Hours Due to A.C.A. One of the common Republican arguments against the Affordable Care Act was that it would harm employees. How? The law will eventually require employers (of more than 50 employees) to either provide health benefits to full-time workers (defined as working at least 30 hours/week) or pay a fine to the I.R.S. These incentives might cause employers to shed employees or reduce employee hours to get more workers under the 30 hour threshold, thereby… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 13th Edition.

Hebdo Fallout Continues The White House’s decision not to send a high-level representative to the Paris rallies continues to nag the President. National Review Online has video of White House spokesman Joshua Earnest admitting that the Obama Administration did not pay appropriate respect to the victims in the Hebdo attack last week. Meanwhile, France is increasing its military presence in and around sensitive areas. The Washington Post has a write-up. Paul Ryan Not a Candidate for 2016 Vox reports the… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 12th Edition

Obama a No-Show in Paris Neither President Obama nor his inner-circle attended the Hebdo inspired rallies in France. The Myth of Big Money Republicanism One of the persistent myths of American politics is that big money in America tilts to the right. After all, the argument goes, the wealthy favor lower taxes and smaller government because they are greedy. The evidence says otherwise. Big money breaks in all directions and recently toward the left. Politico has a nice article on how… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 9th Edition

‘Je Suis Charlie’ In light of the murders of much of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, the magazine that published cartoons of Mohammed, and paid for it, an interesting movement has developed. ‘Je Suis Charlie‘ is growing into a popular hashtag, sign, and symbol, as people from around the world are unifying around the idea of free speech in the face of aggression. Also, some news outlets, in their own sign of solidarity, decided to publish some of the cartoons… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 8th Edition

Your news links for January 8th are… Terrorism in Paris Islamic terrorists invaded a magazine’s offices in Paris and killed cartoonists, visitors, and two police officers, ostensibly because the magazine, Charlie Hedbo, had previously published cartoons depicting Mohammed in less than flattering positions. Here is the BBC’s description. Also, I wrote a post on the free speech implications of such actions here. Previously, the White House was critical of Hedbo’s decision to publish the cartoons. Jim Webb–Democrat Who Can Compete… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 7th Edition

In what I hope will become a running feature here at Bereans @ The Gate, here are links of interest for today: A sliver of the GOP attempted a coup against John Boehner for Speaker of the House. They failed. Now, there are consequences. Some of them will lose choice committee slots. If you plan a revolution, it better succeed. Otherwise… Politico has the goods. Of course, the Republicans took formal control of the U.S. Congress today (hence Boehner’s election). One… Continue Reading ››