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Archive - May 23, 2013
The IRS is being investigated and heads are rolling since word leaked that the agency was applying extra scrutiny to certain groups' applications for tax-free 501(c)(4) status. I got a glimpse of the added work that some were being forced to go through.
Dear organization applying for 501(c)(4) status:
In the service of what I'm about to write, an admission I'm loath to make: I watch "The Voice."
It gets worse. I watch "American Idol," too.
I went to New York last week to cover the TV presentations for the new season, shows like "Scandal," "Shark Tank" and a faltering "American Idol."
I may as well have stayed here.
I just spent a day in this northeast Syrian town. It was terrifying - much more so than I anticipated - but not because we were threatened in any way by the Free Syrian Army soldiers who took us around or by the Islamist Jabhet al-Nusra fighters who stayed hidden in the shadows. It was the local school that shook me up.
Is there a shadow of a chance that bipartisan middle-ground common sense could be applied to solve pressing issues of America's housing future?
A housing commission formed by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center has a plan, formed over 16 months of debate and released in February. The center now will "take it on the road" for intensive discussions across the country.
As it must come to all American presidents, it seems, Barack Obama's policy agenda is being crowded out of the headlines by the imperative of damage control against administration scandal.
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.
Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges.
Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek.
We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation's capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about -- jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education -- it's worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy.