When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Board officials recently announced test improvements to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school.
President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent, has said that the collapse of the evil empire was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. That alone should have been a clue to the Obama White House that misspelled reset buttons werent going to cut it. But they were too stuck in the past to see it.
In the 20th century, the U.S. was irreplaceable because it exercised great power without the blood-and-soil nationalism of Russia, Germany or Japan. It stood for universal, liberal, democratic ideals. We should not expect those humane ideals to thrive in the vacuum left by a retreating America.
President Barack Obama is seeking diplomatic and especially economic leverage against Russian President Vladimir Putins ramshackle nation in order to advance the enormous U.S. interest in depriving him of Ukraine. Unless Obama finds such leverage, his precipitous slide into Jimmy Carter territory will continue.
Forget what youre hearing from the Republicans and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about a minimum wage increase being a job killer. The real job killers in America are lousy jobs at lousy wages. Even Wal-Mart may be starting to understand this.
Ukraine will either fall to Russian hegemony, or finally determine its own future if America balances Russias power. Whether anything Barack Obama says or does would stop anyone remains questionable, but surely the West has more financial clout than Russias kleptocratic economy that exports little but oil, gas and vodka.
An observer can be forgiven for being heartened at the prospect of Hillary Clinton campaigning for president in 2016, much less a Clinton victory. Either would send a much-needed message to those who are still waiting for America to get back to normal, a world wherein straight, white Christian men still call all the shots.
Whatever ones politics, President Barack Obamas new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color is great news for the country. A nation cant long flourish without the commitment of fathers to raise their sons and, yes, their daughters, too. It is gratifying progress and marks a victory of common sense over ideology.
Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment were living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated or else.
While the 2016 Republican field remains shapeless, it is increasingly obvious what kind of nominee is needed. He or she will need to capture the populist impulse, without being discredited by its excesses.
Climate alarmism validates the progressive impulse to micromanage others lives their light bulbs, showerheads, appliances, automobiles, etc. Although this is a nuisance, it distracts liberals from more serious mischief.
If you ever wonder whats fueling Americas staggering inequality, ponder Facebooks acquisition of WhatsApp. The mobile messaging companys value doesnt come from making anything. It comes instead from two other things that need only a handful of people. First is its technology. Second is its network effect.
Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of fealty and faith. For folks who pretend to be brave carriers of the scientific ethic, theres more than a tinge of religion in their jeremiads. Ah, settled science in action.
A Kansas legislators babblespeak, his brazen attempt to paint the oppressors as the oppressed, is straight out of the white supremacist playbook of the 1960s.
Whether discussing womens reproductive systems or offering up unelectable candidates, Republicans couldnt stop handing gifts to their opponents. Meanwhile, Democrats successfully labeled the GOP as the party of no. But then one day, President Barack Obama apparently lost his magic ring.
Swarthmore College invited a famous left-wing Princeton professor, Cornel West, and a famous right-wing Princeton professor, Robert George, to have a debate. The two men are friends, and by all accounts they had a civil exchange of ideas. But that only made the whole thing even more outrageous.
From a U.S. perspective, this disaster in Syria is not just humanitarian but strategic. A Somalia-like future for Syria would be an uncontainable regional and global threat. One of the largest challenges is strategic despair. It is easy to argue that any given policy change would be inadequate, late or risky.
For 30 years, the the United Auto Workers union has tried and failed to unionize a transnational a factory making foreign-brand vehicles in the South. The union may never have a better chance than it had at the 3-year-old Volkswagen plant Chattanooga, Tenn.
America has a serious we problem as in, Why should we pay for them? The question is popping up all over. It underlies the debate over extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and providing food stamps to the poor.
The honest liberal reply to the Congressional Budget Office report on the Affordable Care Act is that a disincentive to work is inherent in any means-tested government benefit. But Obamacares war on jobs goes beyond voluntary idleness.
Maybe it would not be the worst thing in the world, in our era of instant affront and zero-to-60 outrage, to allow for the possibility that occasionally, what looks like a moron is just a human being, being human.
Cognitive dissonance is a rational response to recent news that Obamacare will reduce the workforce, which is hardly helpful to the economy, and insure less than half of the uninsured — from 55 million down to 31 million.
Secretary of State John Kerry has done Israelis and Palestinians a huge favor by pushing them to make one last try at negotiating a two-state solution. Yet Kerry has managed, by his obsession, to force both sides to face the consequences if his efforts end in failure.
What to say of the gormless press-agent twaddle conjured up to describe the Soviet Union? In its opening video for the Olympic Games, NBCs producers drained the thesaurus of flattering terms devoid of moral content.
One of the best ways to counter stigma has been pioneered by Special Olympics. Here in Malawi, participants grow close to their coaches, perhaps the first non-related adults they encounter who do not view them as useless.