Hard power may not be what the United States is about anymore. But American soft power ruled the world at the annual Academy Awards.
The employment rate will not improve on its own, but there is little help in sight from policy makers.
The fact that the company acknowledged some responsibility to act against illegal firearm sales is encouraging.
The E.P.A.’s new rule requiring refiners to reduce the sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds is a commendable initiative.
Money for clean air, water and open space dwindles even as needs grow.
Mr. Paul, quoting Pink Floyd, talked like a guy in jeans – albeit a guy in jeans in 1975.
Some of the most productive farm land in the world is going fallow thanks to a man-made water shortage. A long-time grower explains.
Creditors, beware. Politicians are going after you, not unions.
The domestic surveillance fight seems crazier and crazier when you consider what information the U.S. government already collects.
There won't be a strong jobs report until strong growth returns.
How liberal states are already gutting the GOP's farm-bill reform.
Shoots of transparency and humility in the new Ukrainian government might give ideas to Russians across the border.
Asian Americans worry they will lose seats at UC campuses if affirmative action is reinstated.Is the debate on affirmative action versus race-blind policies mainly about principle, or mostly about preserving narrow group interests? We are beginning to find out in California. A bill passed by the state Senate and pending in the Assembly would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would overturn portions of Proposition 209 to exempt public college and university admissions from the ban on racial, ethnic and gender preferences.
Privatization after the Soviet Union's breakup led to a class of fabulously wealthy oligarchs. Now let them come to the aid of their country.Like the reigns of many corrupt leaders, that of Viktor Yanukovich ended in farce. But there's nothing farcical about Ukraine's situation.
Until Russian President Vladimir Putin sees the cost of his actions, there will be no peace.There are heated debates here and abroad about what exact policies should be put in place in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by sending Russian troops to Crimea. And although that debate is obviously important, we shouldn't ignore the lessons from the past that brought us to this point and, in turn, should help guide policies going forward.
Nothing about U.S. relations with Cuba is simple. But a recent Atlantic Council poll examined none of the nuances.The Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council released a poll last month that has been touted by many as marking an unprecedented shift in support for a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Media outlets, including the L.A. Times, jumped on the bandwagon, citing the poll as evidence that Americans are now eager for engagement. But a closer look shows that many of the most consequential results of the poll are based on push-polling tactics.
The actor, known for his outbursts, has had it with the Big Apple and says he's heading for the City of Angels.Alec Baldwin, celebrated actor, self-congratulatory philanthropist and incurable hothead, is moving to Los Angeles. At least he's leaning heavily in that direction, according to a protracted rant he published in last week's issue of New York Magazine.
In the first parades after the 1862 Battle of Puebla, revelers who supported freedom, racial equality and democracy carried U.S. and Mexican flags side by side.Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday.
The Ukraine issue is often posed as a showdown: will it join East or West? But if it is to survive and thrive, it should be a bridge between them.
Try to use 'juxtapose' in a simple sentenceThe College Board recently announced a revamp of the SAT, eliminating obscure vocabulary and deductions for wrong answers. Those changes should be applauded.
A favored weapon with a record of futilityEconomic sanctions have not stopped Russia before and will stop it in Ukraine.
Marijuana ads on television? The possibility used to be a pipe dream for some folks. Now suddenly it's a reality.
Earlier quasi-regulated service enjoyed a long ride in ChicagoThe current battle between cabbies who pull a meter and upstarts who book fares via a smartphone app is evocative of an action-packed taxi drama that long ran on Chicago streets.
Let's begin by acknowledging that Illinois' system for electing judges is deeply flawed. Money and politics have an enormous influence on the courts, particularly in Cook County.
For Republicans to block one of President Obama’s nominees is dog-bites-man non-news. For members of the president’s party to defect is more notable. And for Democrats to worry more about their political hides than a nominee’s fitness for service — as happened in the Senate this week — is simply revolting. Read full article >>
Jeffrey E. Thompson, the now-fallen captain of the government-contracting scheme, long had the pleasure of playing the big shot, tooling around town like Lady Bountiful, conspicuously and benevolently shelling out other people’s money. For years, Thompson lived high on the hog courtesy of D.C. and federal government contracts, grazing on chops and loins while some lesser taxpayers were left to get by on pig’s feet and chitterlings. Read full article >>
When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Read full article >>
What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence. Read full article >>
Paul Ryan, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, disputed the notion that “the Republican Party is in this big, massive civil war.” “I don’t see this great divide in our party,” the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee said. Read full article >>
With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question now becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future aggression? Read full article >>
Don't overplay it in the false hope of a quick win.
Markey bill alienates potential personalized gun consumers with mandates.
The divide between conservatives could be tragically self-destructive.
Some are stupid and preventable. Others are smart accommodations to reality.
Pope Francis is popular among U.S. Catholics -- and the late-night comics.
Carl Sagan fought pseudo-science with a smile and wide-eyed wonder.