Aki Peritz: A U.S. military presence is vital to ensuring that regional tensions stay under control.
Susan Milligan: The latest hit comes from an Iowa Senate candidate who sees women as ‘emotional.’
Pat Garofalo: Uruguay will be the first country to legalize marijuana.
Nicole Hemmer: Good journalism is essential to highlighting the plight of those the American economy leaves behind.
Wit and wisdom from all sides of the political spectrum.
Budget deals seem to come – like the seasons – about every four months now, something that is not good for the country. It denies investors and entrepreneurs who create wealth, grow the economy and in the process produce jobs, a sense of certainty about what policy will be from even one month to the next. As a result they husband their capital, scale back on expansion, and leave the people who make up the labor force high and dry.
The $64 dollar question right now is whether Congress will be voting on yet another budget deal before going home for the Christmas recess. The always reliable Magic 8 Ball says “All signs point to YES” as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced this evening that they have reached a deal that raises both taxes and spending. The House is expected to vote on the deal on Friday.more »
The Democrats are having their own tea party problem. With the "progressive" movement hawking a more populist liberal agenda, mainstream Democrats are going to have to start looking over their left shoulders, just as traditional Republicans now fear challenges from the right.more »
Today, the world's leaders gathered in Johannesburg for a memorial service for former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who led his people to freedom and brought peace to his nation following the removal of the apartheid regime.more »
You hear a lot about President Woodrow Wilson lately, but not about Alice Paul, the striking suffragette who took to the streets against him for years. She was a thoroughly modern 20th century young woman and a birthright Quaker. Wilson was born in the heart of Virginia five years before the Civil War began, a son of the South from a family of Presbyterian ministers. Need I say more? He was no match for her.more »
If Uruguay's Senate votes as expected today, the South American country will become the world's first to legalize marijuana, giving the government the power to regulate, sell and tax the drug. While other countries have decriminalized marijuana before – most notably the Netherlands and Portugal – none has gone the full legalization route, making not just possession lawful, but also the sale and distribution for non-medicinal purposes.more »
"She shares a crowded, mouse-infested room with her parents and seven siblings, who sleep doubled up on torn mattresses."
That room in the decrepit Auburn Family Residence, a shelter for homeless New Yorkers, is where we first meet Dasani, the subject of Andrea Elliott's masterful profile published Monday in The New York Times. In "Invisible Child," Elliott follows the energetic 11 year old as she navigates hunger and homelessness, an ordeal Dasani shares with more than 22,000 other children in New York City.more »