Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Will New York Senator Chuck Schumer ditch gay couples for an immigration deal?
- If nobody's happy, it's working – the abortion debate and Irish politics of stalemate
- Conservative news entertainment complex claim Barack Obama leader of Al Qaeda
- Why Irish grudges are passed on - a long tradition of never forgetting
- Boston man confronts Infowars conspiracy nuts over 'false flag' claim
John McCain's house. It doesn't take much to imagine the atmosphere probably got a little Macbeth-ish at times.
Married to a woman who defied him by publicly acknowledging the connection between anti-gay laws and anti-gay bullying (a point of view that she then sadly and almost wordlessly retracted) there must have been some tense moments in the upscale Arizona mansion.
And consider that as he looked across his well appointed table at his own high profile daughter Meghan, McCain was contemplating yet another betrayal: her ardent support for marriage equality for gays is well known.
Ground Zero site "as often, if not more, than most workers. I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them."
That means Giuliani knows the risks. So why isn't he speaking out against the Senate GOP's heartless decision to vote against the Health Bill for the 9/11 responders?
Composed of mostly cops and firemen, the majority of those responders presumably GOP's voters themselves, it seems remarkable that they could be called heroes in 2001 and claimant fraudsters in 2010.
Over at Free Republic, a conservative website popular with Tea Party activists, the mood was souring and the mask was slipping:
McCain says now is not the right time to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In fact, he appears to suggest, next year won't be either, or the year after that, or the year after that.
So how does never grab you, eh?
We all know his endgame now. First Senator McCain asked for input from the military on the issue. (They didn't think to poll US forces on when or where they fight, but let's overlook that).
John Boehner, the incoming Speaker of the House, regularly wells up with emotion when he contemplates his up-by-the-seat-of-his-own-pants pursuit of the elusive America Dream.
But things have gotten so bad out there these days that Boehner now point blank refuses to visit American schools. Why? Because they're awful. Because they make you fear for the nations future. Because Boehner worries that kids nowadays won't have the same opportunities he and the men and women of his generation did. Cue waterworks.
He's right in that sense: they won't have the same opportunities he did. Thanks to the GOP's sacred mission to limit the federal governments ability to help them, that is.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the U.S. Senate yesterday, so please allow me to supply a quick recap: it began badly and then spiraled into one of the most shameful days in American politics in decades.
Can there be any top-tier Democrat (or indeed, Republican) left in the nation who hasn't grasped the now white hot political risk of continuing to offend gay voters in this particularly clumsy fashion?
We're all sick of DADT. You, me, the gays, the Democrats, the Republicans, the American public and the estimated 66,000 active duty gay and lesbian service members still menaced by it around the world.
Ronald Regan was fond of citing "trickle-down" economic theory to bolster his yearly round of tax cuts for the richest people in America.
It stood to reason, he said - if the rich keep more of their money then that will somehow translate into more money and job creation for the American people.
The problem for the GOP is that it didn't, and it doesn't, and the American people may be finally catching on.
FIFA has selected Russia and Qatar as the next two host nations of the World Cup may be an unfolding public relations disaster of the first magnitude.
FIFA delegates awarded Russia and Qatar the right to host World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 respectively, ending a drawn out process that has been marred by accusations of vote rigging.
But those accusations won't exactly be silenced by the choice of two nations were backhanders and corruption are almost a way of life. Although on the surface it looks like these choices were made to extend the popularity of the sport, something’s amiss.