In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is.
The senseless government shutdown has led to a rout of the tea party, right-wing extremism and a Republican leadership that was cowed into a march toward oblivion. But a great deal hangs on what happens next
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, many pundits and political observers were eager to expunge the nation’s brutal and long-running history of stark racial oppression. They spoke of a post-racial society freed from the divisions of tribe, healed of the deep wounds that ached and bled along the color line for centuries.
Seeing our government and our creditworthiness held hostage to the demands of a right-wing minority is infuriating. It is also heartbreaking because the only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.
If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.
Its hard to believe, but America hasn’t had a budget since Obama took over the White House and Harry Reid took over the Senate. Why arent Republicans using this ongoing travesty as a weapon in their seemingly hopeless congressional fight to defund Obamacare?
As we face several more weeks of ludicrously irresponsible hostage-taking politics driven by tea-party radicalism, we would do well to study how postwar Germany — yes, encouraged by the United States — has embraced the sort of consensual, problem-solving politics for which we were once famous.
Odds on a government shutdown are even an a deal may end up being another political lifeline for the president.
Two billionaire brothers are spending millions of dollars to try to persuade young Americans not to buy health insurance. What’s up with that?
The public’s reluctance to support Obama’s effort to punish the Assad regime does not mean the American people want the United States to give up on its global role. But it was a cry for more time — and a demand that the case for American global responsibility be made afresh.
Pope Francis continues to delight and surprise as he pursues his radical pilgrimage across the global psyche — inspiring with his humility while also sending shock waves with his subversive spirit.
It was the last thing the Rev. Tim Ahrens expected to do during a chat in his book-lined office at the historic First Congregational Church at Columbus, Ohio: He expressed admiration for Gov. John Kasich.
Last week’s horror at the Washington Navy Yard barely interrupted the stale political chatter, the dueling poll-tested messages, the sensational reports on the latest celebrity divorce or stint in rehab. While the newest mass shooting did preoccupy reporters for a couple of days, its import — at least judged in headlines and cable hours — quickly faded.
News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor.
The conversation we’re having today about how to avert the next act of gun violence is nothing new. Yet, we seem always to fall into the same pro-con template when a fresh shooting occurs.
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- WALT SPECHT: Public housing should be for the poor who are deserving
- SAM HARRIS: Gourmet meals await at Albany Tech
- JOHN BRYANT: Americans are starting to question changes
- FORREST ADAMS: Monroe dancing was inappropriate
- WALT SPECHT: Special recognition of one combat death diminishes others
- MIKE SABOT: Obamacare supporters sold a bad bill of goods
- MANDY FLYNN: Listen up, honey ... oh, never mind
- MICHELE MOULTON: Family is what matters most
- BARRY LEVINE: Reflecting on holiday favorites
- CARLTON FLETCHER: State insurance commissioner: Illnesses sick people's fault
- MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - December 1893
- KRAUTHAMMER: Woe to our allies
- E.J. DIONNE: President Obama expands the playing field
- YARBROUGH: UGA needs your support academically as well as athletically
- CREEDE HINSHAW: Faith is expressed in a myriad of ways
- KATHLEEN PARKER: Republicans should focus on solutions
- Thumbs Up! - Dec. 9, 2013
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- Thumbs Up! - Dec.2, 2013
- Don't overlook locally-owned businesses this weekend
- Keep Black Friday Fever under control
- America has good reasons to be thankful