One thing that's really terrible about any presidential election process is nearly everything about the presidential election process. There's a lot of silly drama when states try to move up in the primary calendar, there are far too many debates, and the whole thing is just absurdly long. It shouldn't be this hard to nominate and elect a president -- why can't this just take a couple of months? This is America! -- and it's high time we killed the whole thing with fire. Well, the precious footfalls of baby steps are at least pattering in the distance. CNN's Peter Hamby reports that "handpicked members of the Republican National Committee," who have met in "a series of closed-door meetings since August," have proposed a "sweeping plan" to lessen the obvious awfulness of the GOP primary process, in the hopes that maybe the 2016 election won't be so excruciating for their nominee.
I can understand why Republican leaders like this deal. They don't want to risk another government shutdown, given how badly they got burned by the last one earlier in the fall. But America would do better with another temporary spending resolution than with this raw deal.
Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.
It has been one year since I saw my sweet little Emilie. I will be honest, I hate when the media comes into town. I don't like seeing their vans with large satellite dishes parked on every corner. I don't like seeing my daughter's picture on the news associated with her violent death.
In a country where the average monthly minimum wage stands at about $150 USD, it's not hard to understand why Ukrainians are in the streets. But is their plight being exploited to usher in a new military agreement under the guise of economic reform?
Schools are cutting their music programs in an attempt to save money. But wait. A crazy thing is happening. This next generation of students is filling the musical education void by just doing it themselves.
If Congress takes matters into its own hands, and violates both the letter and spirit of the agreement, in order to score political points with hard-liners in the United States, they will also be breaking an agreement negotiated with the international community.
Harper Lee's friend gave her a year's wages for Christmas, on the condition that she give up work and write. She then wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. A rather brilliant Christmas present, I think you'll agree.
The reasons why I suffered a nervous breakdown are none of your business. What is the business of anyone who cares about mental health is that the most harrowing days of my life were when I recently tried to get help for a mental illness.
The backlash against Summers was too great to be withstood, so Yellen was nominated instead. But Fischer is surely not the person we need as her number two.
Innocent Americans should never have to worry their government's awesome surveillance capabilities are intercepting, filtering, collecting, analyzing, and storing the intimate details of their lives. Appallingly, they do.
Yes, most of the material in your Lulu review is sand and salt, but there are probably a few grains of truth buried in there, too... truths that you've recognized. And knowing that other people recognize them too is a powerful thing.
The cost of child care may be a large percentage of your salary now, but your salary today is a fraction of what it can be in the future if you stay in the workforce, and nurture your career, along with your children.
Let us not rest with the knowledge that another world is possible. Let's join together to make a world of justice and dignity so probable as to be inevitable. I thank Madiba and all of his circle for setting an example that we must all still follow.
Some lesbians are really annoyed to have to field these types of questions, but I feel that having an open mind and an open ear helps to make people outside of the gay community understand us better.
To me, the most appropriate headline from the new budget deal should really be: "Democrats And Republicans Agree To Remove Budget Negotiations From 2014 Campaign, Out Of Fear."
Even if true, and the Pope were actually trying to make significant change, you don't get an "E" for effort in real life. Time's award is meant to note significant impact, not good intent. But worse, the Pope has not actually shown good intent, only good media skill.
Todayʼs liberals and progressives still believe the American conservative who espouses a free market-I got mine-you get yours philosophy can be changed if only shown the damage such a viewpoint engenders. This Charlie Brown naivete pervades the political establishment on the left.
For a few months after Sandy Hook, it looked like the government was going to pass a new gun control law, specifically aimed at keeping guns out of the "wrong" hands. How is it that a majority of Americans now believe gun laws should be weakened or remain the same?
If the average twenty-something has somewhere around $25,000 of debt to their name, then I must be a highly unique member of the millennial generation. I graduated from Kennesaw State University, a fast-growing school in the suburbs of Atlanta, in 2011. It was the same year that the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. reached a whopping $1 trillion, but when I graduated, I did so as a completely debt-free individual.
Nothing says SEXY better than a poster of a scantily clad woman in Nazi garb standing outside of what appears to be a Photoshopped concentration camp. That is the world of Tila Tequila on the web today.
Politicians love to pay lip service to transparency and accountability, and If you bring up money in politics, they'll feed you some variation of the go-to line: "believe me, no one is more disgusted with this system than I am, but that's how our system works."
Each and every one of these women is included because she is noteworthy -- a cutting-edge artist or writer, a revolutionary who is upending her community's and the world's limited notions of what a Muslim woman is capable of doing, a pioneer fighting for women's and girls' rights.
It's not a time to point fingers at the other guys and blame them for their supposed past sins. If you haven't yet noticed, millennials are a pretty savvy generation and, as this poll shows, they're damn tired of being told to blame the other party for the problems that both created.
Women's issues are American economic issues. Especially when we are talking about women's actual economic issues. Which exist in droves.
It is wrong to aver that moderate minimum wage increases do not lead to any losses of jobs or hours by affected workers. But the benefits of the wage increase leave them better off, on net.
How did a bad situation become worse, and then much, much worse? When did hatred of the Seleka degenerate into - for many of the country's Christians - anger at all Muslims? In the longer term, Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic will need to reconcile. For now they just need to stop killing each other.
Lapsed Catholic, atheist and people of other religions have all declared themselves a fan of this Pope. And, as a Baptist minister so have I. Pope Francis is the religious figure that the world has been waiting for.
Federal workers will be expected to subsidize this deal with an increase in their out-of-pocket pension costs. There will be cuts to Medicare. Airline passengers will pay a new tax. Military retirees -- military retirees -- will see their benefits cut.
I know sounding critical of this gathering or opportunity to enjoy temperatures in the 80's is easy pickings but let's call it out. This thing is a business boom for galleries, hotels, and other services in Miami; so keep the art rolling.