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.
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.
A passenger who flew from Liberia to Dallas last month became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Health officials are monitoring several more people for signs of illness, including five school children who had contact with the first Ebola patient.
The United States is waging war in Iraq and Syria. We are convinced, unequivocally, that the enemy is the well-armed, crafty and cruel assemblage of antediluvian thugs known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL.
When crops were first introduced that had been engineered to withstand the herbicide glyphosate — better known by the trade name Roundup — the agricultural industry said it would confer a terrific environmental advantage. Glyphosate is a relatively benign herbicide, after all, and the industry claimed it would be able to use less of it to get rid of weeds, without harming the corn or soy.
In these days of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get … diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer.
Health insurance is like health: If things generally are working, we take it for granted. Maybe that’s why real-world critiques of the Affordable Care Act have come to be less about its general success than about the execution of its details.
WASHINGTON — American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges.
Attorney General Eric Holder has been a divisive figure in office. His departure promises to be no less divisive.