Saturday January 31, 2015
Rather than getting on with the country's business and focusing solely on can't-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend - like the unfinished bill to fix veterans' health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Central American children arriving at the border - House Republicans are gearing up for a grand maneuver: an apparently unprecedented move by the House to sue the president over his use of executive orders.
Talk about misplaced priorities.
Spain was where the "right to be forgotten" began, with the European Commission recently ruling that individuals can demand that Google remove unfavorable links about them from search results. Now a new copyright law is stirring controversy in the country and is part of a bigger European debate about Internet rules.
Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech.
Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.
The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges?
For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now. President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged fiscal crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans.
Ralph Nader has written a new book, titled "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State." If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act - Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 - you'd have to say that he has a point.
Those of us who walked this planet 45 years ago this week remember exactly what we were doing that day when man first landed on the moon.
I was in the back seat of the family station wagon in my pin-striped jersey and navy-blue ball cap, headed to an American Legion baseball game.
I heard the breathless details, “The Eagle has landed,” on the car radio. I was in front of the TV later when Neal Armstrong made history’s most significant foot print.
The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America's information economy.
Before my first visit to France, around 45 years ago, I was told that you couldn't find bad food there if you tried. I was of limited experience, so even a hot dog jammed into a baguette bore witness to that "fact."