It was inevitable that the Ebola outbreak would be politicized in the United States. That’s what we do — we trivialize important issues. But the important decisions that await President Barack Obama and Congress over how to respond to the emerging crisis cannot be based on political considerations. They must be based on what’s best for the public health of the country.
All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people why they won’t get it).
Gary Hart’s downfall in the run-up to the 1988 presidential election marked an important milestone on a journalistic arc that began with Watergate. Where, previously, the media fast track was greased by befriending politicians, now it was enhanced by bringing them down. Ever since, nothing has been out of bounds for media outlets large and small. Consider Kansas.
After the disappointments of the Bush years and the Obama years, many Americans aren’t sure where next to turn. Faith in Congress has collapsed. Faith in bureaucrats is nonexistent. Yet, the crises keep on coming.
It’s clear that President Barack Obama didn’t make good on his threat to take executive action on immigration reform because he was convinced it would hurt his party in next month’s elections, giving Republicans control of the Senate.
Before becoming a columnist, I was the night police reporter, and I used to spend a lot of time with cops. We’d often go to small chop suey joints on the city’s north side.
Imagine you were a swimmer who’d recklessly gotten caught in a riptide, only to be saved by a boater who was busily helping other struggling swimmers to shore. Would you complain if the boater charged you a big fee? Maybe. But you almost certainly wouldn’t sue the boater for not offering help sooner.
When the next natural disaster strikes, many people with disabilities are bound to find themselves in harm’s way due to poor disaster planning by public officials.
If you are not Catholic, and even if you are, you could be forgiven for not knowing that a remarkable event is unfolding in Rome.
The capital cognoscenti are again engaged in their ritual of fast-thumbing, speed-reading and savoring at least the choicest bits of the latest ex-official’s memoir — this one by President Obama’s former CIA director and secretary of defense, Leon Panetta.
When we read the remarks by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, concerning the nation’s record level of student loan debt, we were reminded of comments made in 2007 by Ben Bernanke, then the chairman of the Federal Reserve, concerning the nation’s subprime mortgage crisis.
When it ruled this year that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation, had a religious right to refuse to include contraception in its employee health insurance plans, the Supreme Court pushed an important principle to unreasonable extremes.
The War Powers Resolution, passed by Congress in 1973 over a presidential veto by Richard Nixon, was designed to limit the executive’s ability to wage war without the legislative branch’s consent. After Vietnam, the idea was to prevent America from slowly being sucked into another debilitating undeclared war.
You might have thought political correctness couldn’t get less well thought-out, or more dangerous. You were wrong.
Gay rights supporters were simultaneously jubilant and perplexed Monday when the Supreme Court announced that it wouldn’t review three decisions by federal appeals courts striking down state bans on same-sex marriage. We share their mixed feelings.
Even with all of our domestic concerns, it’s a big world out there, and America must keep at least one eye focused beyond our borders. But maybe not as far beyond, says a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.
The federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires health care companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors who use or help to develop their products. This was a valuable provision in the Affordable Care Act. Patients should know if doctors who prescribe a certain drug, order a certain test or implant a certain device have a financial interest that could influence their decisions.
The National Football League has bigger trouble than the disgusting domestic violence cases dominating headlines this fall. In September, it quietly released a study that revealed one-third of its players — one third — can expect to suffer long-term cognitive problems, including dementia, after retiring.
In 2006, the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto from full planetary status to dwarf planet. From 1930, when it was discovered, until Pluto’s fall from grace 76 years later, earthlings were taught that their solar system consisted of nine planets. Suddenly, they faced a brave new world of only eight planets, plus dwarf Pluto 3.6 billion miles from the sun and innumerable others beyond.
In a speech to the United Nations recently, President Barack Obama said that climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism.
It was clear that something had to be done to shore up the fundamentals at the Secret Service. And the agency’s director, Julia Pierson, cleared the way for an overhaul by announcing that she would step down. Good move.