Wednesday January 28, 2015
May 26th, 2014
Why is everyone piling on President Barack Obama's foreign policy - and how fair is the criticism?
A friend inside the administration asked me those questions last week, knowing that I'd been a critic for some time. The notion that President Obama has been too passive, until recently a minority view, seems to be gelling into conventional wisdom.
Nearly fifteen years ago, I participated in a project with a major American newspaper trying to chart its course from print to digital.
The Internet was in the midst of its first rampage through traditional business, with the industries then known as "mass media" directly in its path.
Today's subject is housing, and as part of my research I've been going through the U.S. Constitution, looking for the exact words that guarantee Americans access to a 30-year, fixed-rate home mortgage.
I haven't found the provision yet, but it must be in there somewhere: As everyone knows from listening to the debate over fixing our damaged housing finance system, the long-term fixed, or FRM for short, is as essential to America as free speech or the right to a jury trial.
The standard argument - really, the only argument - against raising the minimum wage is that it will lead to job loss. The argument is beloved by die-hard opponents of raising the wage because it provides them with a veneer, however flimsy, of concern about the welfare of the working poor.
I would like my D6 bus without a side of Hitler, please.
Twenty Metro buses are crisscrossing the nation's capital with Das Fuhrer on their sides for the next month thanks to an incendiary, anti-Muslim ad campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
The westbound D6 featured a PNC Bank ad early Monday. Whew. But Shanna Dick is ready for Hitler's face if it ever appears on that route.
Tim Geithner's valuable career as a civil servant culminated in four high-powered years as Treasury secretary. His recent book about those experiences captures the traumas and tensions of the financial crisis.
Considering that they've engineered one of the greatest economic success stories in human history, China's business and political leaders seem oddly preoccupied with failure.
"We need a society which has enough patience to be able to withstand failures," says China's science and technology minister, Wan Gang.
Monday morning, Jill Abramson kept a promise she'd made months ago to deliver the commencement address at Wake Forest University. She had every reason to cancel. She didn't.
The developing furor over waiting times for military veterans needing critical care for war wounds and trauma is a particular political dilemma for President Obama. It comes in the midst of his central effort to shift the nation's agenda of fighting wars away from what he calls a "perpetual wartime footing."
Of all the scandals and pseudo-scandals of which President Barack Obama has been accused, the Department of Veterans Affairs debacle is the most damaging for at least three reasons:
One, health care -- including VA health care -- was the signature issue of his election and re-election.