August 28, 2013
Steve and Cokie Roberts
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OPINION: Katrina slammed into New Orleans Aug. 23, 2005
Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, breaking the levees and damaging or destroying almost all of the city’s already dilapidated and disgraceful public schools. The experiment in education that followed has sparked a fierce national debate, pitting advocates of independent charter schools against supporters of the traditional, central office-run system.
OPINION: Trump is now considered a serious candidate
After the debate in Celeveland, Donald Trump went from being a celebrity and curiosity to a serious candidate for president.
OPINION: Team Biden weighing arguments for and against White House run
A decision should be reached by fall on whether Vice President Joe Biden will make a bid for the White House.
OPINION: The entire Muslim community should not be vilified over the acts of a few monsters
Domestic killers like Dylann Roof, the white supremacist gunman in Charleston, are far more common than foreign-inspired assailants like Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga shooter.
OPINION: Beyond politics, this is a way to improve health
Last year’s farm bill provided $100 million in seed money, and this spring, about one-third of that was dispensed to underwrite local experiments that increase value of federal nutrition benefits if the extra funding is used to buy healthy food options.
OPINION: The reactions to the flag and weapon accused killer Dylann Roof held have been different
There has been little talk of gun control in the wake of the South Carolina church murders, but there has been a great deal of action against the Confederate battle flag.
OPINION: The inevitability of a Jeb Bush nomination no longer looks inevitable
In national polls, Jeb Bush attracts only about 10 percent of GOP voters, putting him in a virtual tie with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. More damaging is a Monmouth University poll that finds Bush’s favorable rating dropping sharply since April, from 49 percent to 40 percent.
OPIONION: What is Hillary Clinton afraid of?
Is Hillary so fragile, so unsteady on her feet, that she has to be shielded from anything resembling a real live reporter with a microphone in her hand? And what does that say about Clinton’s ability to handle the rigors of the campaign trail — let alone the White House?
OPINION: The politics of trade are muddled
The fascinating thing about the GOP’s Fear Caucus is that they are the first ones to proclaim the glories of “American Exceptionalism” and denounce Democrats like President Obama for insufficient pride in their country’s virtues. These scaredy-cats routinely brand liberals as part of a “Hate America First” crowd.
OPINION: Fence-sitters encouraged to run for office
As more candidates declare for president — three Republicans joined the fray just this week — they encourage the remaining fence-sitters to take a run more seriously.
OPINION: The emerging debate over incarceration is heartening
Serious folks across the political spectrum are taking a hard look at the facts behind “over-imprisonment.” They’re seeing what is true, not what ideology tells them should be true. And the harsh verity is inescapable: The current system of criminal justice is badly broken.
OPINION: Civil War victory came at a horrible cost to the nation
The United States emerged as a more cohesive country, with a unifying railroad underway that would soon connect the east coast to the west. And it was a country where the role of women had changed for the better.
OPINION: Some conservative activists have hijacked the noble concept of religious liberty
The real story out of Indiana is not that the legislature passed, and the governor signed, a pernicious law that could sanction discrimination against gays. The real story is the furious backlash around the country that the measure provoked.
OPINION: GOP is split between Spines and Brains
Bipartisanship flamed up briefly after Republicans took over the Senate, but is flickering now.
OPINION: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has new ID - grandmother
The practical implications of her new role go far beyond gauzy sentiment. There are 70 million grandparents in this country — a pretty formidable voting bloc, and one that Democrats have struggled to attract. In 2012, Barack Obama won only 44 percent of voters over 65. Grandma Hillary should have a better shot.
OPINION: Would-be presidential candidates get early taste of pressures that come with White House keys
The pressure that Gov. Chris Christie or Sen. Rand Paul or any candidate gets from the press at this stage is far milder than the constant, crushing demands of everyday life in the Oval Office. Those who cannot survive the Media Primary are clearly not qualified to serve as president.
OPINION: Vladimir Putin seems undeterred by economic penalties
Putin is a bully, at times a dangerously deranged one, who fantasizes about restoring the Soviet Union to its former glory — dominating smaller and weaker states from the Baltics to Central Asia. And like all bullies, he has to be challenged and confronted. Otherwise he’ll never stop.
OPINION: Gay couples embrace traditional values
Steve received an email the other day from a colleague announcing the birth of her son Brinton. She attached a photo of a red-faced tyke in a striped stocking cap, and co-workers responded with a cascade of “wows” and “bravos.” Ordinary family. Obvious fanfare. Except for one thing: Brinton has two moms — Nikki and Shelly Layser.
OPINION: Voters showed confidence in Republicans
It’s a new year and a new Congress. New Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now has to convince fellow Republicans to follow his adage: to go from the party of “no” to the party of “yes”; from part of the problem to part of the solution; from making trouble to making progress.
OPINION: Sen. Marco Rubio has his views, and he's sticking to them
A recent poll of Cuban-Americans in the Miami area found that more than two-thirds support key elements of Obama’s overtures: re-establishing diplomatic relations and lifting travel restrictions. A smaller majority, 52 percent, also favors ending the trade embargo against Cuba.
OPINION: If Bush and Clinton run, they cancel out their weaknesses
Both have similar flaws and are vulnerable to the same charges: that they are too old (Jeb would be 63 on election day 2016; Hillary, 69), too out of practice (Jeb was last elected governor of Florida in 2002; Hillary was last elected senator from New York in 2006), too tied to previous presidents (their close relatives have won five of the last seven presidential elections).
OPINION: Deep South U.S. Senate representative will be all Republican in January
In the Deep South today, the Republicans are essentially the white majority party and the Democrats are the black minority party.
OPINION: In a land of plenty, no child should have to go hungry
The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs. So it’s not too early to make our annual appeal: This holiday season, give the gift of food. And health.
OPINION: House Intelligence Committee report dispels Benghazi conspiracies
Findings of a bipartisn House panel is ignored by those who want to perpetuate the myth of a conspiracy behind the deaths of the ambassador and three other Americans at Benghazi.
OPINION: Economic news from Japan and Europe is not good
The U.S. corporate rate, 35 percent, encourages businesses to move overseas and protect their profits from U.S. tax collectors; more than $2 trillion is stashed abroad, according to independent research firm Capital Economics.
OPINION: Which GOP will show up on Capitol Hill in January?
Here’s the problem for the GOP: McConnell, Cornyn and Co. might well understand what the public wants from their party. But they don’t “control” the conservative ideologues led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who equate any whiff of compromise with heresy.
OPINION: If the GOP takes the Senate, political life in D.C. could get more complicated
Elections always have consequences and legislation is not the only way to measure their impact. If Republicans seize the Senate, they would set the floor schedule and run the committees. Republican staffs would grow while Democratic ranks shrink.
OPINION: To some extent the Obama administration is suffering from self-inflicted wounds
The role of government has turned from an asset to a liability for President Obama. His favorable rating in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll has sunk to 40 percent, the lowest mark of his presidency.
OPINION: Romney is hearing encouragement to make another White House run
Despite declaring that he is not a presidential candidate in 2016, Republicans appear to be pushing Romney to mount another campaign for the White House.
OPINION: Democrats best hopes lie in motivating their own voters to go to the polls
If Democrats pull off any upsets in races favored for their Republican opponents, it will be because they motivated their supporters to get out and vote.
OPINION: President made right call to send troops, money to Liberia
Ebola is killing people every day. It threatens our well-being and demands a rapid response.
OPINION: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush show political rivals can cooperate with each other
Washington resembles a World War I battlefield, with both sides dug deeply into their own trenches. The frontline barely moves, but the casualty rate keeps climbing.
OPINION: The criminal justice system costs too much and accomplishes too little
The United States has 5 percent of the global population but a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
OPINION: Legislators missing the boat on basic principles
This legislative paralysis mirrors what happened on immigration reform, which passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but was then buried in the House without a vote.
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OPINION: So far leaders in Washington and Europe, the one in Moscow, are making the mistakes
So far, the so-called sanctions imposed on Russia for its incursion into Ukraine have been weak and give Russian President Vladimir Putin little concern.
OPINION: CIA response to Sen. Feinstein latest case of men behaving badly
A man in Sen. feinstein’s position would never be accused of having a “deep emotionalfeeling” about an issue.
Reports by presidential commissions are often like those statues that dominate public squares in Washington: massive in size, but opaque in origin and quickly obscured by a thick layer of grime.
OPINION: Americans deserve better than the congressional leadership they are getting
Both Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are letting hardliners in their respective parties bully them into burying legislation.
OPINION: Flaws of politicians are magnified and judged because of reporting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has benefited from being near New York and its media. Now that proximity is his political nemesis.
OPINION: Cuts to food stamps will hurt those struggling to put food on the table
Most food stamp recipients are hard-working Americans, not the “welfare queens” that conservatives rail against.
OPINION COLUMN: The declining white U.S. population is a challenge for the future of the Republican Party
Instead of trying to appeal to a broader base, many Republicans are trying to prevent minorities from voting.
At a recent news conference, President Obama reflected on what caused the 16-day government shutdown, and how another crisis can be avoided in the futur
The headline in the Washington Post read, “Moderates flex muscle.”
It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hilltop village in Tuscany. Some groups even included small children, perched in high chairs or wandering the dining area with an anxious parent trailing close behind.