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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

No. 1 swimming pool problem? It's number two!

(By Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News) - People always worry about pee in the pool, but number two is the No. 1 problem, government health experts say. They found plenty of evidence that someone’s pooping in the pool. 

It’s not only disgusting, but it’s evidence that people are not following basic hygiene rules, says Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Swimming Program.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bea Arthur topless painting fetches $1.9M in NYC

NEW YORK (The Charlotte Observer) - A painting of actress Bea Arthur topless has sold for $1.9 million at a New York City auction. 

The painting is by artist John Currin and is titled "Bea Arthur Naked." It sold at Christie's auction of postwar and contemporary art on Wednesday. It had been expected to bring in between $1.8 million and $2.5 million. 

Christie's hasn't said who bought it.

This Is No Ordinary Scandal

Political abuse of the IRS threatens the basic integrity of our government. 

 (By Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal) - We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don't look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone. 

Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Obama’s Second-Term Embarrassments

“Hope and change” is looking more like the 1973 Nixon White House. 

 (By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online) - In Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he ran to the left of Hillary Clinton as a moral reformer. Obama promised to transcend the old politics and bring a new era of hope-and-change transparency to Washington. Five years later, those vows are in shambles.