Archive - 2014

Date

August 7th

What Scares Americans About the Child Migrants

    The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case involving about 57,000 children with generalized anxiety about a broken immigration system that has resulted in an estimated 11 million illegal residents. At bottom are fears that the United States is incapable of managing an orderly immigration program.

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A Prickly Question

    California’s harsh new measure to deal with long-term drought is making waves. Residents caught wasting by washing sidewalks with their garden hose and committing similar reckless acts are incurring fines of up to $500.

    Is that fair? Or will the fine be perceived as governmental overreach, like former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ill-fated attempt to limit soda sizes to 16 ounces.

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Age of Identity

    "Hair is political."

    That was the line that stuck with me when my 17-year-old daughter recently regaled me with the minutiae of a lighthearted argument she'd had with a friend. It was about my daughter's staunch resistance to straightening or altering her hair in any way.

    The friend had insisted that such alterations were no big deal, to which my daughter took umbrage and shot back, "Hair is political."

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Can new GOP 'ideas' lure minorities back in '14?

    After six years of bending to the gales of tea party vituperation against President Barack Obama, the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be rising up like visitors to Oz -- with a heart, courage and a brain.

    "Idea conservative" is a common nickname given to those who seek to respond to liberal ideas, policies and programs with something more than a simple "No."

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Hard Times Too Pervasive for Republicans to Ignore

    Must formerly rich people shed all their status symbols? It’s a widely held presumption, Darlena Cunha explained.

    “I had so internalized the message of what poor people should or should not have that I felt ashamed to be there, with that car,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed headlined This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps.

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If Hillary doesn't run, why not Joe?

    That Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency in 2016 is now widely taken as a given. Certainly she has given every sign of it, short of saying "Yes." But what if she doesn't?

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Louisiana's self-styled 'Palin of the South'

    As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning. I've been impressed by just as many Republicans as Democrats, and underwhelmed by equal numbers, too. Most are accustomed to tough questions.

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Making the World Safe for Trust Fund Babies

    Real wages have stagnated for decades. Homeownership rates are down. College debt is weighing down young people entering the workforce. Millions of low-wage workers eke by on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

    As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in this country, one faction of Congress is doing its best to aid a select group of folks that least needs a helping hand: trust fund babies.

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No Peace In Gaza As Long As Netanyahu Can Prevent It

    If Secretary of State John Kerry has failed to bring about a ceasefire to end the bloodbath in Gaza, then so has everybody else.

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None Dare Call It Impeachment

    Let's talk about something cheerful. How about impeachment?

    Hey, it's been a depressing month for news. If you want to look on the bright side, you've got to work with what you've got.

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