A coin toss? How about rock-paper-scissors next time? In several cases, the tight Democratic contest for delegates in Iowa between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders came down to a coin toss. And Clinton seemed to enjoy a remarkable run of luck that seemed to defy probability and sparked conspiracy theories.
Word spread that Clinton won six-of-six coin tosses (odds at 1 in 64, or less than 2 percent, according to National Public Radio). But as NPR’s “Coin-Toss Fact Check” stated, there were at least a dozen tiebreakers (including coin tosses) and Sanders won a handful. Still, what are the chances? Let’s flip for it.
Working for the president sentences the staff members to long hours at the White House. The job is about to become a little more comfortable for a few of them. Clarence-based Kittinger Furniture Co. has made 16 chairs to be placed in the Roosevelt Room, a meeting room for staff in the West Wing near the Oval Office. The old chairs, also by Kittinger, are only 12 years old, but apparently get heavy use.
The new ones use the same color leather – butterscotch – as the old ones, so staff may not notice the difference. At least, until they sit down. Then you may hear some “ahhhs” of contentment as staffers settle into their new seats under portraits of Teddy and Franklin.
With Election Day still more than nine exhausting months away, American voters can’t be blamed for casting an envious eye on Ireland.
On Wednesday, the Irish prime minister began the process of new elections by acting to dissolve parliament. He set election day for Friday, Feb. 26, just three weeks away. The campaigns will likely be bitter and hard-fought, but the short time frame will help keep the unpleasantness to a minimum. We should be so lucky.
Martin Shkreli, the drug company executive known as “the most hated man in America,” managed to burnish that reputation Thursday during an appearance before a congressional committee investigating high drug prices.
Shkreli gained infamy when he raised the price of a lifesaving medication from $13.50 a pill to more than $700. At the hearing he was his detestable best, smirking while claiming his Fifth Amendment right not to testify. He was not so reticent after the hearing, when he called the lawmakers “imbeciles” in a tweet.
He did accomplish something Thursday: He managed to get a fractured Congress to unite in a bipartisan show of fury against him.