Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreements manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Irans nuclear infrastructure remain.
Americans are getting great deals online, and they like the convenience. But theres a hidden price. With the growth of online retailing, fewer Americans will have jobs in bricks-and-mortar retail stores.
Six years after the NAACP staged its symbolic burial, that word has proven rumors of its demise greatly exaggerated. Well-intentioned as it was, burying the N-word turns out to have been fruitless. Something in some of us seems to need this word. And to agree with it. Let us find a way to bury that instead.
With House Republicans wanting to cut food-stamp spending by $39 billion, the GOP seems committed to handing their plates to President Barack Obama for second and third helpings of scorn and ridicule, even as their fortune cookie reads: Youre winning, shut up!
The irony for President Barack Obama is that hes great at playing the role of disinterested technician, but hes anything but one in real life. He can talk a great game about providing a website that works like Kayak or Amazon, but hes embarrassingly out of his depth when it comes to delivering one.
It is hardly a political career builder for a lawmaker to get popped for scoring some blow. Its also problematic when you have positioned yourself as a faithful tea party factotum, insisting people who receive food stamps should be drug tested when it turns out you wouldnt qualify for a taxpayer-funded package of Velveeta cheese.
The Chinese Communist Party announced grand plans for “reform” at the end of its third plenum meeting in November, including a promise to end its disastrous one child per family policy. Don’t bet on it.
A Senate with no rules. A president without boundaries. One day, when a few bottled-up judicial nominees and a malfunctioning health care website are barely a memory, we will still be dealing with the toxic residue of this outbreak of authoritative lawlessness.
We are tomorrows past, so this Thanksgiving give thanks for 2013, a year the future might study more for amusement than for edification. HealthCare.gov performed the public service of defeating Barack Obamas ascription of every disagreeable effect to one of two causes George W. Bush or global warming.
There would be no reason to reform and extend health insurance to begin with if we did not have moral obligations to one another as members of the same society. Republicans have created a tempest out of trivialities. It is incumbent on Democrats from the president on down to show Americans the larger picture.
Why did some of us need Trayvon Martin to be an angel in the first place? Why did they feel such a pressing urgency to magnify and manufacture his failings? Why was it so important to them to make him unworthy of sympathy? It is a question that assumes new potency the more we see of George Zimmerman.
The eternal flame that burns at Kennedys grave in Arlington National Cemetery is a tribute not only to a man but to a lost time when life held promise. To Americans of a certain age, there really was once a spot, for one brief shining moment, known as Camelot. It is hard to let go.
In the aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan, many Republicans are growing more skeptical about the national security state and foreign interventions. If Obamacare continues to unravel, it will be interesting to see if Democrats undergo a similar readjustment, and stop overpromising and underdelivering.
Most of the worlds population takes water for granted, just like air two life-sustaining substances. But a Hindustan Times blogger said that in India right now, as in many other places around the globe, drinkable water has become such a precious commodity that its dragging the world into water wars.
The eternal flame at Arlington Cemetery is far from the small plaque commemorating Lewis that was recently placed in Poets Corner. But many will make their pilgrimage to the South Transept of Westminster Abbey to honor not just an author but a man who changed the course of their lives.
Many who call John F. Kennedy difficult to understand seem eager to not understand him. They present as puzzling or uncharacteristic aspects of his politics about which he was consistent and unambiguous. For them, his conservative dimension is an inconvenient truth.
Most of Walmarts customers are still in the Great Recession, grappling with stagnant or declining pay. So, naturally, the companys sales are dropping. But what Walmarts CEO doesnt get is that a large portion of Walmarts customers are lower-wage workers who are working at places like Walmart.
The damage to the Obama presidency from the bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act is already done. At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete embodiment.
A century and a half ago, Abraham Lincoln handed this country a trust. It was heavy. And burdensome. And sacred. It still is.
With the computer-crash rollout preventing people from signing up, businesses temporarily exempted from compliance, and policyholders either reinstated or facing yet another broken promise, is there anyone left to love the Affordable Care Act?
While all of the attention has been focused on the executive branchs spectacular failure in launching the HealthCare.gov website, its worth taking a moment to note that President Barack Obama was not the sole author of this disaster.
The world is watching the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Thats what the world knows of Iran its nuclear program. In the background, a far more serious problem afflicts the nation that almost no one of influence in Tehran ever discusses in public. Iran is, quite literally, blowing away.
The modern ideological market is driven by entrepreneurs of outrage, marketers of resentment, innovators in the on-time delivery of anger.
Immigration reforms should address three problems border security, the needs of Americas workforce, and the status of the 11 million here illegally. If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were majority leader, the bill would be broken into manageable bits, and there might be found a different majority coalition for each.
Again and again, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being described as the pragmatist; Bill De Blasio, the Democratic mayor-elect of New York City, as the lefty. But in light of Americas surging inequality, the labels should be reversed.