OPINION: California starts to focus on fiscal responsibility
Gov. Jerry Brown has traded his earlier dreams for the Golden State to pragmatic policies that has turned deficit spending in Calfornia into a surplus.
OPINION: A new outreach initiative by the president to help at-risk boys of color is cause for cheer
Sometimes things can change only when the right messenger comes along.
OPINION: The Louisiana governor appears to be flexing his political muscles
Gov. Bobby Jindal is poised for a run at the White House as himself, not the coached, awkward politician who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address five years ago.
OPINION: The old-fashioned idea of men being chivalrous toward women is not in vogue today
Although we can argue that women shouldn’t get drunk and convey mixed signals, they are functionally less able to resist the advances of a determined male.
OPINION: After years of self-destruction, GOP lawmakers have stopped helping Democrats beat them
Republicans are staying away from divisive issues and concetrating on the narrative that President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are failures.
OPIONION: Objective truth has gone the way of trolls, goblins and gremlins
Freeing people from work, until now, has never been a national goal.
OPINION: In a word, Hillary Clinton officially has been memed
In the 1992 poll on which the headline labeling Hillary Clinton was based, what voters found as “slick” with Bill Clinton they found as “ruthless” with Hillary Clinton.
OPINION: The call for religious freedom in the world by President Obama apparently does not include the United States
Many who heard the president’s remarks said they would have been encouraged by them, if only his actions reflected what he said.
OPINION: Evidence is skimpy on the latest accusations against Gov. Chris Christie
Conservative wagons are circling the governor because they dislike the media more than a moderate Republican.
OPINION: The health risks of professional football are serious concerns
Anyone who has had a concussion knows it’s serious business. Successive concussions can have long-lasting effects leading to various mental disorders.
OPINION: The cost of college has skyrocketed at an even higher percentage than medical costs
One study indicates that many colleges and universities are depending on their reputation than their current perfomance.
OPINION: Republicans cannot seem to learn that it is how you say the message
In trying to dispel the notion of a Republican war on women, Mike Hukcabee’s choice of words clouds his message.
OPINION: The timing of Mayor Dawn Zimmers accusation is suspect
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer waits until the bridge closing scandal before finding the “courage” to accuse Gov. Chris Christie of playing politics with Hurricane Sandy relief funds.
OPINION: Everybody these days is confessing to the pot-smoking days of their youth
The so-called War on Drugs hasn’t made a dent in the popularity of marijuana, which should be decriminalized, regulated and taxed.
OPINION: War on Poverty should rebuild culture of marriage
Marriage, besides being the best arrangement for children, has the added benefit of being good for grown-ups. One of the risk factors for poverty is single parenting.
OPINION: If Gov. Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closing, he can survive
Gov. Christie can now be viewed as a victim of malicious staffers and a two-faced, pro-Democratic Party media.
OPINION: As the midterm elections near, be skeptical of what you hear
“Income inequality” may be the most brilliant turn of a phrase to hit the political discourse.
America must regain our national imperative to do and be better
To preserve the American Dream, two resolutions come to mind: Denounce envy and resurrect the community standard.
OPINION: A look back at the mailbag and a few clarifications
Certitude is a mask one dons only for deadlines, after which, feet on desk, one ruminates on the source of such certitude. This, of course, leads to crippling self-doubt, which in turn may lead to drinking or, worse, yoga.
OPINION: Phil Robertson is the unlikely center of a societal vortex
A healthy if dwindling percentage of the country feels helplessly opposed to redefining marriage reveals an existential divide that won’t easily be bridged. Phil Robertson didn’t create it; he exposed it.
OPINION: The color of Santa is aired out, thanks to the cable TV news time that has to be filled
It should be no surprise that, as demographics shift, so do cultural icons. It is also understandable that such challenges would be unsettling to many, but there are more sophisticated ways of discussing them without resorting to “The War on (fill in the blank).”
OPINION: Paul Ryan is being groomed to be the missing leader GOP has been seeking
By pushing through an admittedly imperfect budget plan, Republicans placed the nation ahead of party unity.
OPINION: The incompetence of Republicans communicating their case to women is ridiculous
The GOP would do better if it recruited some of its smartest women to public service.
OPINION: Pope Francis has conservatives reeling with his comments on unfettered capitalism
Pope Francis is an activist, a street worker, a foot washer and evangelizer. There’s nothing passive or pandering about him. And it would appear that Francis is quite willing to offend sensibilities.
OPINION: Republicans are missing a chance to resolve problems, opting instead to merely criticize
Without offering alternatives, the GOP is failing to take advantage of missteps by Democrats.
OPINION: Republicans would be wise to meet Democrats in the middle on food assistance programs
With the tough economy, keeping nutrition aid and education in place is the right thing to do.
OPINION: Business leaders should let Thanksgiving remain a family holiday
Black Friday and pushed its way into Thanksgiving Day.
OPINION: Even after 50 years, it is difficult to shed memories of the day JFK was killed
For many Americans, the death of President John F. Kennedy was like the death of a member of their family.
OPINION: Some people and events should be retired from impulse to similize
By invoking horrific tragedy, atrocity and evil acts in political criticism, those events become trivialized.
OPINION: The botched start of Obamacare brings un-glad tidings to all
Given the bumpy roll-out, broken promises and delays granted to businesses and insurance companies, the question is whether the Affordable Care Act can survive.
Republic should get busy with their own across-the-board reforms while Obamacare falters
A draconian decision to deport Hispanics would being doing the wrong thing while also damaging the GOP’s chances of regaining the White House.
OPINION: Americans deserve better than sorry about the mess
Obama administration officials determined that fully explaining the impact of the Affordable Care Act on policies and rates would be too complicated for TV audiences.
OPINION: Republicans need to create a political product that the voters want
The GOP has become the first U.S. politcal party to have a negative rating over 50 percent.
OPINION: An advertising blitz attacked the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Virginia
Polls indicate that Virginia voters have a general distaste for the Republican role in the partial federal government shutdown.
Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: “Behind every great man is a great woman,” or some variation thereof.
Opinion column: Republicans and Democrats both want to control both houses of Congress in 2015.
Republicans have to determine which wing of the party will be in control if they hope to wrest the Senate from Democrats in the 2014 elections.
In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is.
The point is that “redskin,” unlike the Native American-related names of other teams, refers to a physical characteristic. It is implicitly racial and through its usage has been explicitly racist.
In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened.
Odds on a government shutdown are even an a deal may end up being another political lifeline for the president.
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.
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.
As I read Vlad’s op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: “Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?”
Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy. Or is it that we’re trying to talk ourselves out of this mess?
Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant. History and human experience tell us that neither is possible, yet we seem bent on believing it. Or, should I say, deceiving ourselves.
To bomb or not to bomb, that is always the question.
The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image.
If opinions differ on Miley Cyrus’ raunchy performance during MTV’s recent Video Music Awards, on one thing we all can agree: Miley loves her tongue.
In one of the early episodes of “Portlandia,” the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.