The feud between Australia and Indonesia has serious consequences.
Citizenship rights are denied to thousands of people living in the Dominican Republic.
Self-rule for the two men forged in South Africa's racist crucible was a political goal. It was also an internal value.
Democrats are able to reduce the sequester, but Republican-imposed austerity still dominates Congress.
The Indian Supreme Court issued a disgraceful ruling against human rights in upholding a law that bans gay sex.
Despite the gains made in curbing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, there is still a big gap between what’s been accomplished and what more could be done.
HHS won't disclose the enrollment data that really matter.
A conventional-weapons attack is preferable to the nuclear war sure to come.
An attempt to alter Medicare may let Washington dictate how doctors treat patients.
Why Democrats rushed to confirm nominees with 51 votes.
How Congress can achieve something by doing nothing.
A police crackdown failed to oust the Ukrainians seeking closer ties to Europe.
It's the job of U.S. leaders to see beyond today's domestic issues to protect larger national interests well into the future.Ukraine's civil conflict strikes many Americans as a distant and unimportant dispute, one hardly connected to their daily lives. Such a lack of interest in international affairs is understandable, perhaps, because of the focus on economic recovery since 2008, but it's badly misplaced given the stakes involved, not just in eastern and central Europe but around the world.
Despite the hand-wringing over the Oxford English Dictionary's acceptance of 'selfie,' a more pernicious movement is afoot with 'literally.'Taking photos of ourselves is the signature act of our times. We know this not because the president snapped one with world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday, but because "selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year.
America's social contract has to cover everyone, not just the wealthy.On my 16th birthday in 1950, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town where I grew up. It was a racially divided town — about 20,000 people, half of them white, half of them black — a place where you could grow up well loved, well taught and well churched, and still be unaware of the lives of others merely blocks away. It was nonetheless a good place to be a cub reporter: small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something new every day.
From a cartoonist's standpoint, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is the gift that keeps on giving. With allegations that include corruption and inmate abuse, you have to wonder whether the really bad guys aren't the ones inside the cells but the ones guarding them.
'Taschen' is far more than just a brand name on a big fancy book.It's not just a brand name on a big fancy book. "Taschen" is a man, Benedikt Taschen, who started his publishing empire with a comic-book shop leveraged with a stock of remaindered art books. The firm is headquartered in Germany, but when he's in Los Angeles, his landing pad is the Chemosphere, the John Lautner flying-saucer-on-a-hillside. Taschen just released a three-volume collaboration with National Geographic ("Around the World in 125 Years"), and it's clear from the myriad images at his desk that Taschen cast his eye, and his approval, over what's in those books and so many others.
The spending plan announced Tuesday has something for everyone to dislike.Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
CTA's Rail Car Servicer Apprentice Program for ex-offenders was targeted by union for discontinuationThe Chicago Transit Authority's Rail Car Servicer Apprentice Program — a vital and unique initiative that helps nonviolent ex-offenders, people who've overcome drug addiction, victims of domestic violence and other hard-to-place individuals re-enter the workforce — is unfortunately set to be killed off by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly.
Or is that the sound of one hand clapping for Congress?Dial back one year, to December 2012. For lack of a deal on federal debt and deficits, Congress lurched toward the so-called fiscal cliff. At the same time, Chicken Littles in both major parties were starting to squawk that if Washington couldn't prevent a strange beast called sequestration from capping the growth of spending in fiscal 2013 and beyond, the sky would fall for lack of sufficient federal outlays to prop it up.
Like Chicago's baseball teams, American diplomacy had a rough 2013. In fact, diplomatic success has been pretty rare in the new millennium. We seem to be in a prolonged foreign policy slump.
'Kill switch' could curb smartphone theftsEvery time you pull out your smartphone in public, you're making yourself a target.
Illiana Expressway is a bad idea on both sidesFor the second time, a regional planning body has the chance to spare taxpayers in two states.
Adult white heterosexual men have fewer friends than any other group.
ABU DHABI This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III. Read full article >>
It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass. Read full article >>
The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly”: Read full article >>
D.C mayoral contender Anas “Andy” Shallal wears his politics on his sleeve and on the walls of his Busboys and Poets restaurants, where customers might see images of iconic figures — Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi — and excerpts of poet Langston Hughes’s works: “Let America be America again / Let it be the dream it used to be . . . ” Read full article >>
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), addressing the cameras after his weekly meeting with House Republicans, was his usual, courtly self Wednesday morning — until Nancy Cordes of CBS News found her way under his tanned skin. Read full article >>
In America’s health-care dialogue, emergency rooms have come to symbolize the system’s economic and medical defects. To critics, typical ERs are swamped by the uninsured, who — lacking a regular doctor or source of care — go where they will be treated. Performing routine medicine at high prices, ERs are crowded and costly. If the uninsured had insurance, these problems would recede. Better medicine at less cost. Read full article >>
Success stories are starting to emerge.
We need to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act.
GM picking a female CEO is a strategic decision to get closer to its customers.
Our trajectory is pro-competition, pro-consumer and pro-technology.
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Why can the government of Iraq claim things that it doesn't rightfully own?