August 18, 2011
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According to Winston Churchill, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” When it comes to Obamacare, the lies have circled the globe twice before the truth has gotten out of bed.
Every once in a while, the United States Supreme Court decides a landmark case that changes the course of American history. For the nine justices, “every once in a while” suddenly became four times in a single week. In the past seven days, the Supreme Court resolved four blockbuster cases — and each one raised the same fundamental questions. To what extent do minorities share in the “inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? How far does the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment extend? And how does government “of the people, by the people, for the people” survive without progress toward a more perfect union?
We could use some good news, and Cleveland gave it to us. I’m referring, of course, to the dramatic escape and rescue of three young women in Cleveland who were kidnapped and held captive for a decade. There are so many lessons from this experience we’ve just witnessed as a national family.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, lawmakers are demanding answers from the FBI. They want answers not only about the Tsarnaev brothers — Did they act alone? Why did they do it? — but also about our security and intelligence operations.
Republican governors across the United States have discovered a new tool to deal with budgets bleeding red ink: Taxes.
Winter wore out its welcome early this year. It wasn't hard; it was inconsistent, alternating days that seemed almost warm with cold snaps. It rarely redeemed itself with large, wet, fluffy flakes that coated everything in a snowy wonderland.
Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” has sparked a debate about the role of women in America — and everywhere else. She’s a self-described feminist who has been pilloried by the professional feminists for what she’s written.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder — a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, specifically Section 5, which requires states and localities with a history of voting discrimination against racial and language minorities to get “pre-approved” by the federal government before changing how elections are conducted or voters are registered.
Before a grieving audience packing an auditorium, sitting in a cathedral-like hush, President Obama spoke perhaps the most important words of his presidency: "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change."
How are the "fiscal cliff" negotiations going? Reportedly, Republican leaders and President Barack Obama are in a stare-down. However, many rank-and-file Republican members have blinked, apparently ready to fold a demonstrably losing hand.
"We're all in this together," President Obama said on election night. "That's how we campaigned."
Politics. At times, we all get tired of politics.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan -- the leader of the Republican Party's rigid economic conservatives -- as his running mate has been described as "bold." Bold can be good, such as "to boldly go where no man has gone before." Or, bold can be not so good, as in "boldly deceptive."
We are in the dog days of summer, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney finds himself in the dog house
I don't think a national convention from either party has decided major issues, or had any suspense about who would be nominated, since the 1980s.
Before accusations and misinformation begin flooding the Internet, allow me to warn you.
The John F. Kennedy Center is hosting a musical this month titled “First You Dream.” When I noticed the ad, I thought about President Obama’s initiative through the Department of Homeland Security to allow undocumented immigrant youth to continue school or work without fear of deportation. Now, those young people can dream, too.
Let's establish a fact straight off: The killing of Osama bin Laden was a risky, yet unqualified success for America.
During Al Gore's Campaign back in 2000, we raised and spent close to $100 million (with matching funds) to win the primary, then received about $60 million in government funds for the fall campaign to get out our vote.
I write this in anger and in frustration. And I must begin with words better than my own: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies ... a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
But warmongering is good politics. It appeals to patriotism, fear, nativism, fear, wannabe warriorism, fear, panic and, yes, fear. War (whether threat or execution) elects presidents. Rattle the saber outside the polling booth, and the voters will tremble inside it.
It’s political preseason. Early predictions about performance, issues, swing votes, turnouts, independents, debates, states-in-play, etc., must be tempered by the political equivalent of “injuries” — such as gaffes or scandals — and “sleepers emerging.” Wasn’t President Obama a sleeper just four years ago?
The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, a fitting addition to the National Mall, might perplex those who remember only the opening of "I Have a Dream."
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced last week that he would run for president.