Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will welcome the Miami Heat to the White House. Star player LeBron James, a donor to Obama's presidential campaign, is expected to attend.Read more
The world's greatest deliberative body (just ask any of its members) got hung up over what is called a "Sportsmen's Bill." The impasse came on the first day after the Thanksgiving holiday, which is, traditionally, a time when hunters like to be in the deer woods and duck marshes, which the bill supposedly would have expanded and made more accessible. This is one of those bills that is said to "enjoy wide, bipartisan support."Read more
What to watch tonight? There is the debate, of course, upon which hangs the fate of the nation if not the world. That's important. And, then, there is the seventh game of the National League playoffs, with the winner going to the World Series. And, on Monday Night Football we have the Chicago Bears vs. the Detroit Lions, a tough divisional match-up.Read more
The debate tonight between Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden could be a game changer ... or not. The usual media suspects are all over the debate with analysis and predictions that may, or may not, prove helpful. Hard to recall anyone who divined how the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney turned out. The pattern here is that we are told what to expect and then, when the unexpected happens, told why we should have expected it all along.Read more
The U.S. basketball team, both the men's and women's squads, took a break from practicing for the London Olympic games to visit Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country:Read more
During Major League Baseball’s All-Star game Home Run Derby last night, hometown Kansas City fans booed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano with such gusto one could be forgiven for supposing there’s still a lively rivalry between the New York and Kansas City franchises—like there was back in the 70s and 80s. Or maybe after almost 29 years Royals fans just haven’t forgotten the pine-tar incident.Read more
Tim Tebow attended a Yankees game last night at the Stadium (if you are a Yankees fan, there is only one "stadium") where the fans booed him. This, despite the fact that he was wearing a Yankees cap and did not, so far as the news stories go, take a knee or quote scripture or throw a wounded duck that missed the open man. Just sat in his seat, like a well-behaved fan, and watched the ball game.Read more
The Peyton Manning tour has evidently ended in Denver, where he will play for the Broncos, and one almost wishes it could have gone on a little longer. It was a nice relief from that other road show we hear so much about—namely, the presidential campaign.Read more
Ted Leonsis, the owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., has had enough of President Obama's class warfare rhetoric. Here's Leonsis's take, from his personal blog:Read more
The U.S. women's national team will advance to the finals of the women's World Cup.
Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke says he's open to another round of quantitative easing.
Meanwhile, the price of gold got a big boost after Bernanke's comments.Read more
If I were smarter than I am I might be able to argue myself into believing that there’s hope for the Washington Nationals. If I were more realistic than I am I would define “hope” downward to mean merely the possibility, however remote, that the team could win almost as many games as they lose this year. But I’m dumb and unrealistic enough to know this is a foolish fantasy: The Nats are cellar dwellers, doomed to defeat, this year and probably next.Read more
To get in the mood for today's Kentucky Derby, I highly recommend reading WEEKLY STANDARD senior editor Lee Smith's recent reminiscence of attending the event as a child. After all, not many people can say that their grandfather owned the thoroughbred that won the run for the roses:Read more
On an August night 15 years ago, I drove to Coney Island to play basketball. Arriving just after dinner, I set up camp at a court on the corner of Mermaid and 25th Street, nestled beside a large public housing project. I ran games late into the night with a small group, including a hulking gentleman named Tank who had a mouthful of gold teeth, and a younger chap, Nick, who was missing a finger on his right hand. Nick’s torso was dotted with small, round scars from old gun wounds.Read more
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