OPINION: American culture is showing signs of change
What’s striking about the new labor writers is that they are not romantics who think that we can return to the ’30s or ’40s..
OPINION: Moving from health care reform, the president focuses on economic immobility
A long trend that has squeezed the size of the American middle class is a growing inequality from a lack of upward mobility.
OPINION: Pope Francis taking a stand against economic injustice
Liberals who love Pope Francis also need to come to terms with aspects of his thought that may be less congenial to their assumptions.
OPINION: Gratitude is built into the structure of most forms of faith
If faith without works is dead, gratitude without generosity of spirit is empty.
OPINION: Nuclear option in the Senate derails Republican efforts to control federal courts
In the Obama years, conservatives have abused the filibuster in ways that liberals never dreamed of.
OPINION: The passion for public service and politics shown by JFK has not been duplicated
John F. Kennedy has come to represent a time of widespread confidence in the possibilities of America.
OPINION: Over the past three decades, America has made strides in combating lawlessness
Falling crime rates may lead to bipartisan cooperation on prison and sentencing reforms.
A promise that Americans could keep their medical plans haunts Obama
There is no quick fix as the president looks for a place to start his political recovery.
OPINION: Conservative opposition to maternity coverage in Obamacare is astonishing
Critics of the Affordable Care Act feel it is odious for those who do not need maternity coverage to help pay for the coverage for those who do.
OPINION: Republicans takes a step away from the tea party after losing elections
Republican successes in elections Tuesday were instances where candidates veered away from the hard right.
OPINION: Opposition to Affordable Care Act is more noise than substance
Affordable health Care opponents create noise to distract attention from their lack of a solution for reforming U.S. health care.
OPINION: Former President Bill Clinton says conservative ideology does not accomplish anything
Former President Bill Clinton tells Virginia voters that the electorate that goes to the poll in off-presidential election years is different from the one that votes when the White House is at stake.
Opinion column: Washington politicians focus on the wrong problem
Instead of the federal deficit, Democrats should be focused on slow growth and unemployment.
Obamacare is working.
“Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.”
OPINION: Pointless, avoidable crises make the U.S. government look foolish abroad.
The budget deal Wednesday allowed the federal government to avoid disaster, but America’s image and reputation took serious blows.
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
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.
The tea party Republicans should hang a Mission Accomplished banner across the House of Representatives. They could flank it with large portraits of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who has in fact, if not in name, replaced John Boehner as speaker of the House. The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?
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.
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.
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.
The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game. They involve a fundamental showdown over the role of government in stemming rising inequality and making our country a fairer and more decent place.
You have to hand it to the gun manufacturers lobby. Children may be slaughtered, the death toll from firearms may keep mounting, but these guys are unrelenting and know how to play politics.
Bill de Blasio, the insurgent and defiantly progressive New York City mayoral candidate, did not hold his Tuesday night victory party in one of those faux-ornate midtown Manhattan hotel ballrooms, the usual power venue for such festivities.
It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president’s authority and call into question our country’s ability to act in the world. Will Congress let that happen?
The debate over Syria is a jumble of metaphors, proof that every discussion of military action involves an argument about the last war. Yet beneath the surface, the fight in Congress over President Obama’s proposed strike against Bashar al-Assad’s regime is a struggle to break free from earlier syndromes to set a new course.
Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage-earners?
President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Obama’s dream.
Are you ready for the Big Magilla of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt.
The things we forget about the March on Washington are the things we most need to remember 50 years on.
“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.
In thinking about inequality, we tend to focus on practical remedies such as raising minimum wages or supplementing the incomes of the working poor. We have far more trouble affecting that ineffable thing we call luck
Presidents are judged not only by the things they do but also by how successful they are in influencing the actions of the presidents who follow.
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past.
Here is the sentence in the Declaration of Independence we always remember: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
This effort cannot end with one burst of legislating. The commitment and the organizing unleashed on a vicious day in December cannot abate. Our discussion of guns finally reflects a sober national maturity. We cannot return to childish evasion.
The National Rifle Association is facing attacks from Gun Owners of America for being too soft on gun control. This is like a double cheeseburger coming under severe criticism for lacking enough cholesterol.
Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?
Rebranding is trendy in the Republican Party.
The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it's huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished.
To be deemed a serious analyst at the moment seems to require a lot of hand-wringing and sneering over how awful Congress looked over the last few days as it rushed a fiscal cliff deal into law.
An entirely new political narrative is taking shape before our eyes, yet many here are still stuck in the old one.
Here’s the first lesson from the early skirmishing over ways to avoid the fiscal cliff: Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist, the anti-government crusader who wields his no-tax pledge as a nuclear weapon, into the role of a political Superman.
To say that the Belle Harbor neighborhood on New York City's Rockaway Peninsula was slammed by Hurricane Sandy understates the case. Like many other parts of the region, it has suffered the kind of devastation we usually associate with wars.
What is the point of Barack Obama's second term?
The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight -- and to win.
Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda. It's not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from quarters sympathetic to the president.
Does our presidential campaign lack a moral core?