7:49 AM, Jun 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration has found at least one fight it is willing to make right to the end. Whatever that end should be. The first lady is rallying supporters to:
“… fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our school."
Her plea was made, as Justin Sink of the Hill, reports, “during a Twitter chat.”
So it might be hard to catch the full flavor if you were not on-line and chattering.
May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Nigerian girls inspire international action,” reads the headline on the front page of the May 7 Washington Post. But nowhere in the story will you learn of any action actually being taken to rescue the 276 Nigerian girls abducted over three weeks ago by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. You find reports of “an international uproar” and “a growing outcry,” of comments by President Barack Obama and phone calls by Secretary of State John Kerry, of warnings by U.N. officials, of a letter from all 20 female U.S.
May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
There was a lot to lament on Twitter last week, as always, but perhaps nothing more appalling than the spectacle of our diplomats beclowning themselves, as they unleashed their vaunted soft power on Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
As part of the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, State launched a new hashtag, #UnitedForUkraine.
12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry.
9:25 AM, Mar 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government of Turkey has pulled the plug on Twitter and the White House is not happy.
10:24 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his celebrated Thanksgiving proclamation, Abraham Lincoln struck his customary note of hope tinged with a kind of fatalistic melancholy.
12:57 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Stalin once asked sneeringly (that was his style) “how many divisions” the Pope had. The answer, of course, was “none.” But, then, Uncle Joe never had 10 million Twitter followers. That’s almost as many people as the Big Evil killed.
8:34 AM, Oct 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
An essential tactic in the shutdown is, it seems, to deprive people of things that they need or badly want. Make them pay. And when their suffering is no longer bearable, they will come back, chastened and grateful for the blessings government bestows upon them … something like that, anyway.
2:03 PM, Oct 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The process of bringing what was then called "Red China" into the light and joining it with the rest of the world began with ping pong. Some seem to think Twitter will be the agent that accomplishes the same thing with Iran. As Nathan Olivarez-Giles at The Verge reports:
1:55 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Michelle Obama will not be tweeting as frequently, due to the federal government shutdown. The announcement was made today on ... the first lady's Twitter account.
Students skip football games to text and tweet.3:03 PM, Sep 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There is much to lament about the rise of social media and the damage it has done to ordinary human activities and interactions. And now we learn that it is leeching away the loyalty of American college students for their football teams. Attendance in the student section is down in, of all places, the Southeastern Conference where they play the best football, produce the most champions, and fans organize their fall schedules, if not their entire lives, around the games.
7:27 AM, Sep 2, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
David Simas, a White House staffer, tweets (and the White House retweets) a link to an article and adds, “More good ACA [Obamacare] news. 21% savings on premiums for Ohioans who buy their own health insurance because of the ACA.”
3:54 PM, Aug 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Renee Ellmers, a sophomore Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, has criticized a conservative group's campaign to get congressional Republicans to support defunding Obamacare by way of the continuing budget resolution.
Ellmers, a nurse who entered her first political race in 2010 in response to Obamacare, knocked Heritage Action, saying the organization is targeting conservatives opposed to defunding the health care law in next month's budget battle instead of Democrats: