The best thing that Democrats -- including President Obama -- have come up with lately are measures to remind voters that Democrats care about the worsened economic condition of ordinary working families and Republicans don't. Obama, for instance, went to a recent gathering of Democratic governors meeting in Connecticut, and urged them to raise the state minimum wage. Even if Republicans in Congress block the President's efforts to deliver a higher national minimum wage, he said, governors and legislatures could and should raise the minimum at the state level. Good move. Even better are state referenda to increase the minimum wage. These not only draw to the polls voters likely to vote for Democrats, but put Republicans in the awkward position of having to explain why they oppose giving America a raise.
The West's objective in the UN Security Council was to show Moscow it was isolated in conducting a referendum in the Crimea asking Russia to annex the region. But none of this affected President Vladimir Putin.
For the last several years, the word 'revolution' has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.
It's hard work to try to help all kids, not just some. This is the underlying fight in New York and elsewhere right now. Mayor de Blasio has crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to strengthen education for all children.
There are many functions that only the government can perform and many others that Congress has decided that it should perform. In the case of the ACA, as with many other programs, its relationship with the relevant markets is ambivalent, uneasy and uncertain.
We're writing you as members of two different generations -- Boomer and Millennial -- to ask you for an on-air correction to your recent segment on 'The Cycle' focused on millennial and earned benefit programs.
My name is Seamus, but I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I'm worried the holiday has become a farce, a celebration of cartoonish symbols of Irish culture that minimize, dilute and demean what it means to be Irish.
While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.
Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?
I've redefined my own success to mean being relevant to people who need my help, giving more than I take and living life on my own terms. The letters behind my name and my rank within a company just don't matter.
Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect.
The Senate-CIA fight is jaw-dropping but Mary and David disagree if it's about oversight and/or Bush-Cheney 'torture.' Then: Is Obama a 'weak joke'(MM)? Were Ike, LBJ after Soviets invaded Hungry, Czechoslovakia (DC)? Was W while looking into Putin's soulful eyes (MG)?
When I look back at these past few weeks from the quiet future, they will stand out for two reasons. The first is that I had my 25th birthday, and the second is that I lost an apartment I love.
For my family and for many whose families originally hailed from Ireland, there's a little more to St. Patrick's Day. For many of us it represents hope, spirit and the achievement of the American Dream.
A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.
You hate your job. You try to pretend like you don't, but you do. You get in the car every morning, with your coffee in hand and take a deep breath.
Whether for good or for ill, however, and despite whatever attempts Western powers have made to influence the outcome, the change of government is ultimately the responsibility of Ukrainians, not the Obama administration.
The other day, I paused while deep conditioning my hair in the shower and began to think long and hard about what I did to screw up my last date with this guy I was starting to like. Like really like.
Heading toward 50 we all have it. That one body part we suddenly notice looks just like our grandmother's (that means you too, men).
I have developed a 'hidden gay agenda' movie test using the logic of the conservatives who are criticizing the animated Disney film Frozen. Applied to any number of movie classics, this test proves to be enlightening.
The Congress of the Cuban Women's Federation (FMC) ended a few days ago. At its closing ceremony, a man uttered the final words. But this wasn't the only, nor the last, mistake of an antiquated organization marked by ideology.
This presumption that some people -- 'in inner cities, in particular' -- are lazy isn't just insulting, it's a premise used by Paul Ryan and others to justify great cruelty while ignoring the actual sources and causes of poverty.
All in all, the assault upon the water 300,000 West Virginians use to -- or used to use to -- drink, prepare food, wash themselves and their belongings may go unpunished.
I consider myself Irish American. It upsets some people to hear terms like Irish or Italian American. They wish that we were all simply called Americans, without qualifiers. It's hard to argue with that spirit.
As the Obama administration continues rallying its allies to hold Russia to its international law obligations in Ukraine, the international community had an opportunity this week to turn the magnifying glass the other way and question the U.S. government.
A major flaw in the approach the United States has taken toward North Korea is the 'all-or-nothing' attitude. Either North Korea agrees at the beginning that it will give up its entire nuclear program or all bets are off.
Now that the first season of HBO's Looking has come to an end, it is worth reflecting on the series' achievements, and lamenting some of its shortcomings.
On the day of the third anniversary of the Syria conflict, we must remember: 'Just because it isn't happening here, doesn't mean it isn't happening.'
A shaved vegetable salad -- it holds up well, even on the second day. Try sturdy vegetables like fennel, celery, and radishes, then toss them with herbs and dressing. Then add a protein, like tinned fish.
Rev. Manning's homophobia is dangerous and is an affront not only to historic Harlem, but also to the Christian tradition. I am not saying Rev. Manning should be run out of Harlem, but I am saying that it is worthy of some thought.