Members of a fractious Congress apparently have reached bipartisan consensus on one key issue: They won’t risk even debating a broad measure to authorize President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State until after the Nov. 4 election.
When President Barack Obama began to be dogged by endless replays of his “If you like your health care, you can keep it” sound bite, his loyalists insisted that the president’s words had been misinterpreted. The fault likely lies with the president himself. What he clearly meant to say was, “Whether or not you like our health care, we’ll make you keep it.”
Remember Bitcoin? It was going to change the way we buy things. Forget Bitcoin.
Tesla Motors, which recently wrangled more than $1 billion in tax breaks out of the state of Nevada, has proved itself unusually adept at obtaining government support for its private enterprise.
There is no question that Aminta Cifuentes’ marriage was not just bad but a threat to her life. Her husband beat her regularly. He burned her breast with caustic paint thinner. He raped her. When police were called, the officers refused to intervene; then, he threatened to kill her if she called them again. After Cifuentes ran away with her two children, the husband tracked her down and the violence resumed.
Voters in Scotland tomorrow could end their country’s 300-year-old union with England. That possibility perplexes not only many Britons but also President Obama, the leader of a country that chose to “dissolve the political bands” with England in 1776. In June, Obama said that the United States had a “deep interest” in ensuring that the United Kingdom remained “strong, robust, united and an effective partner.” (More recently, the State Department said that Thursday’s referendum is “an internal United Kingdom matter.”)
The risks of living in today’s United States should not extend to eating meat purchased in supermarkets.
The most encouraging aspect of President Barack Obama’s address about his plan to combat the Islamic State is that he avoided the trap of sounding uncertain and equivocal, as he has often done when obliged to assume the role of commander in chief.
New housing developments in New York City, West Hollywood, Calif., and elsewhere have drawn scorn for offering separate amenities — and even separate entrances, dubbed “poor doors” — for low-income and not-so-low-income tenants. While, at first blush, this might smack of unfairness, there actually are sound reasons why developers would incorporate such features. And perhaps it is no surprise that the practice is an unintended consequence of government intervention in housing markets.
The Israeli government’s recent announcement that it plans to seize almost 1,000 acres near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank for the purpose of building yet another massive Jewish settlement should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in Washington.
It’s ironic that the uproar over Ray Rice’s brutal beating of his now-wife and the NFL’s shamefully lenient response is occurring exactly 20 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was designed in part to bring public recognition and more government resources to the problem of domestic violence.
The United Nations warns that the intensive global medical effort needed to contain the Ebola virus sweeping through parts of West Africa could cost as much as $600 million. Ebola has killed 1,900 people so far — about half of those who have become infected — and has recently crossed from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone into two more nations. U.N. officials estimate that 20,000 people could die in the next six months, and that the situation could worsen after that without a prompt and generous international response of money, equipment and skilled personnel.
The Labor Department released Tuesday its latest monthly report on job openings and labor turnover, which is know by the acronym JOLTS.
In just over a week, three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings due to passenger conflicts, all of them involving reclining seatbacks, and objections on the part of the already cramped reclinees behind them.
For people wondering how close the relationship is between Washington and Wall Street, look no further than former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s new job.
As we mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, alarming gains by the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, along with continued threats from al-Qaida and others, make it clear that the danger of terrorist mass murder is by no means a thing of the past.
Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares.
Deporting noncitizens with criminal records is a critical part of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s strategy to market his border security plan.
Solar energy appears to finally be coming of age.
The swarm of immigrants who came across the border this year, including more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors, could wind up paling in comparison to an immigration crisis looming on the horizon. Famine is a growing concern across Central America because of persistent drought.
We mourn the death of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, the second victim of a barbaric series of acts designed to horrify and intimidate. We feel anguish for Sotloff’s family and friends, and resolve: The hard work of defeating a shadowy terrorist army should intensify, and the pace of response by the U.S. and others should quicken.