Thursday September 03, 2015
January 29th, 2015
I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won't go to pay for this?
Vision vs. blindness on health coverage
When he noticed weird stuff floating in his right eye, he didn't blink. He called an eye doctor.
The next day, 24 hours after the abnormality introduced itself, he had eye surgery – a vitrectomy -- that very likely spared him the loss of sight in that eye from a detached retina.
The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating.
So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.
We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress -- some of them cynical, others clueless -- in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.
Global market regulators are still wrestling with the "too big to fail" problem of protecting taxpayers from the consequences of a large financial institution collapsing. Most initiatives focus on the right-hand side of the issue, demanding banks hold more capital to make failure less likely. There are hints, though, that a wave of Darwinism may address the left-hand words instead, with enlightened self- interest prompting banks to shrink.
Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Barack Obama recently outlined and will surely describe anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
It's awfully late in the game.
John Gardner, a cabinet secretary in President Lyndon Johnson's administration who later founded Common Cause, once said that a requisite for effective citizen action, and governing, was to build an "inside-outside alliance."
Hundreds of American families are still fighting the war in Afghanistan. But they're fighting it at home.
Fighting to remember, fighting to forget. Fighting to understand how to move forward in a world without their war hero.
He didn't mean to. Mitt Romney's tentative entry into the 2016 Republican presidential fray was intended to stop Jeb Bush in his tracks, freezing the drift toward Bush by the Republican establishment-donor-class-realist- pragmatists or whatever you want to call the guys accustomed to calling the party's shots. Instead, it's more likely that Romney has done Bush a big favor.