*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.
38% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, 54% say it is on the wrong track. [Economist/YouGov, 10/9/18] Continue reading “State of the Nation”
“Hope is the belief that our tomorrows will be better than our todays.
Hope is not magic. Hope is work.”
-DeRay McKesson Continue reading “Quotes”
On October 7, 2018, CNN found that 41% of Americans approved of Trump’s job performance and 52% disapproved. This represents a 5-point jump in approval since the first week in September. Continue reading “President Trump”
Brett Kavanaugh’s (impending) arrival on the Supreme Court is like Donald Trump’s attainment of the presidency, in this important way:
By the rules of politics that prevailed until 2016, neither of them would have come close to consideration for their respective offices. For Trump, the reasons are obvious; for Kavanaugh, they’re brilliantly summarized by one of Kavanaugh’s long-term friends here, and discussed below. Continue reading “About Trump”
The Department of Homeland Security has published a proposed rule which states that immigrants could be denied green cards if they’ve received certain public benefits, including food stamps or Medicaid, or if they’re deemed likely to receive them in the future. Continue reading “Disassembling”
With the next presidential campaign just around the corner, it’s worth taking a look at one significant 2020 campaign event that occurred in 2017. The California primary, which in 2016 was held on June 7, has been moved to the first Tuesday in March, which in 2020 is March 3rd. That is a very big prize early in the campaign. It takes a lot of resources to play in California. Continue reading “2020”
18 days until the election
How interested are folks in this election? Here are three cuts at that question. Continue reading “2018”
National polls find Democrats leading on the question of whether folks want Democrats or Republicans to control the Congress after the 2018 elections. Continue reading “Congress”
Dr. Donna Strickland became the third woman — after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963 — to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Francis H. Arnold won the prize in Chemistry, becoming the fifth woman to do so. [Jacey Fortin, NYT] Continue reading “Women Will Get It Done”
(A reminder: I only write about restaurants I believe are worth trying and would patronize again. If I don’t like the restaurant, I don’t write about it.)
We went to San Lorenzo with Virginia and Tom at Tom’s suggestion.
San Lorenzo opened at the end of June. It is the creation of Chef Massimo Fabbri, most recently of Tosca and before that, Posto. Massimo stopped by our table to chat. Continue reading “Restaurant: San Lorenzo”
Debbie and I went to Siren with Rita and Bob two days after the announcement was made that the restaurant had been awarded a Michelin Star. Continue reading “Restaurant: Siren”