Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to activate 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for duty near the border with Mexico will do little to ease the crisis caused by the arrival 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America. Perry appears to be ignoring the assessment of colleagues — both Republican and Democrat — who insist this is not a border security problem.
Children in the United States get unequal educations; that’s unfair but unlikely to change in the near future.
The shootdown of a passenger jet over Ukraine — with the loss of nearly 300 lives — is a human tragedy and a moral abomination.
It shouldn’t have taken the deaths of 298 airline passengers and crew to concentrate the world’s attention on the civil war in Ukraine and Russia’s role in fomenting armed resistance to the government there. President Barack Obama was right to insist that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 should be a “wake-up call” about the importance of ending this conflict.
As we write, the world scrambles to solve the mystery of, and assign blame for, the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Tempers run high. So does speculation about culprits and motives.
Suppose you have a child, or you have a grandchild, or you know and love somebody else’s child. Pour everything you have, every virtue you know, into that little pumpkin. Because if you do endear yourself as a pleasant memory, maybe little Jason or Jennifer won’t spend an entire adulthood shrilly condemning you for being one of those selfish thieves.
Football fans need no reminding of the danger the game poses to the brains of players.
The horrific murders of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 prompted the worst sort of response from some legislatures, particularly in Kansas and Missouri.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s polemic against the court’s conservative majority decision in the Wheaton College case is as much a cry of frustration as it is a dissent.
For years, teenagers could serve in the military yet could not vote. That changed with the passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, allowing millions of young people to participate in the democratic process and shape their future.
Americans, on the whole, are content to support a very large prison population. Although the number of incarcerated citizens is actually falling, one troubling trend more than offsets that superficially good news. There are more women in American prisons and jails than ever before.
America’s experiment with harsh punishment for nonviolent offenders has proved to be self-defeating. Rather than lessening crime, these policies promote recidivism when nonviolent offenders are unable to find employment, fall into poverty and return to crime.
A report that the U.S. government conducted electronic surveillance on five prominent Muslim Americans is troubling.
For 15 years, the United States has not signed the Ottawa Treaty banning antipersonnel land mines.
The deterioration in relations with Germany due to U.S. espionage in that country reached a new low when the Germans requested last week that the senior CIA official there leave.
The flood of children crossing into the United States at its southern border — some alone and others with their mothers — calls for measures that are humane, pragmatic and creative.
One of the legacies of the Obama presidency will be that Barack Obama did not shy away from controversial challenges. Unfortunately for the president, that has committed him to a series of thankless tasks, from trying to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to instituting health care reform.
Mr. President, you have a public information problem. Again. Several months ago, journalism organizations complained about a lack of access for news photographers to pertinent presidential events.
On its surface, last Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn was about unions. But it’s actually about all of us, and the future we want for our country, particularly in light of the baby boom generation reaching retirement age.
The Israeli-Palestinian situation is approaching the point where the United States and other countries must ask how long can this destructive course continue before intervention is needed.
Most of the public and congressional concern about the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance programs has focused on the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone “metadata” under a strained interpretation of the Patriot Act. That’s understandable, given the indiscriminate nature of the program. Fortunately, President Obama has now directed that the government obtain court approval before “querying” or searching the database of Americans’ phone records, and legislation moving forward in Congress would end government storage of the records.