Well, I can't say I didn't see it coming. The Republicans in the Senate, either afraid of the Tea Party or in league with that miserable mob of malcontents, have decided against all reason and decency to block former senator and army veteran Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense by demanding a 60-vote majority to confirm him.
You may not see a spotlight or photographers snapping shots at every turn, but sometimes a college campus can feel more like a runway than anything else you've been through.
In 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down, the world celebrated the birth of a new order. For nearly 70 years, the Soviet Union dominated half of Europe and spread the ideology of totalitarian communism throughout the world. Its empire extended across the world, influencing governments through its military and diplomatic power in Africa, Asia and Central America.