Category: National

[OPINION] The U.S. Supreme Court: Architects Of The American Police State

From time to time throughout history, individuals have been subjected to charges (and eventual punishment) by accusers whose testimony was treated as infallible and inerrant. Once again, we find ourselves repeating history, only this time, it’s the police whose testimony is too often considered beyond reproach and whose accusations have the power to render one’s life over.

Moody’s Issues Negative Outlook For Local Governments

NEW YORK, N.Y. — President Barack Obama renewed pressure on congressional Republicans to head off budget cuts that are due to begin on March 1, as Moody’s Investors Service renewed its outlook negative for U.S. local governments in 2013 because cities and counties must continue to contend with tight revenues, high demand for spending, and an uneven economic recovery.

[OPINION] Congress Must Act To Combat Climate Change

Unless we take bold action to reverse climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn’t the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?

[OPINION] Connecting Entitlement Reform To Immigration Reform

I was born in 1946, just when the boomer wave began. Bill Clinton was born that year, too. So was George W. Bush, as was Laura Bush. And Ken Starr (remember him?) And then, the next year, Hillary Rodham was born. And soon Newt Gingrich (known as “Newty” as a boy). And Cher (Every time I begin feeling old I remind myself she’s not that much younger.)

[OPINION] State Of The Union Is Often Paved With Green Intentions

An aura of excitement and predictability surrounds the president’s annual State of the Union speech: A few days of hyped drama and TV punditry builds to a political Woodstock featuring generals, justices, senators, cabinet secretaries and Congress, all under one roof. Up in the balcony, the First Lady plays host to a few iconic, symbolic taxpayers who recently shared a heroic moment of fame with America.