The Republican Congress decided to make overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business. On the first day of the new session, it put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address the shortfall the program is projected to face sometime next year. Republican leaders like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) justified this change by insisting that half the people getting disability had the sort of back aches and occasional anxieties that we all face. The difference is that they get checks from the government rather than working. For this reason, Rand argued the program is in serious need of reform. As several analysts quickly pointed out, there is no basis for Paul's assertion.
The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.
Strangely, given the importance of public opinion to successful governing, there has been little work done on the impact of how leaders frame and justify their decisions. Two psychological scientists at Berkeley's Haas School of Business are trying to change that.
Within the mental health community, we too have discovered that our storms have silver linings. Our "weaknesses," like battlefields, create in us the realization that we can more than survive mental illness.
Winter is a misunderstood season. The holiday frenzy and new year often obscure the best winter has to offer -- a season of inward reflection, comfort foods and lots of sleep. Adjusting with the seasons is essential to functioning your best, but winter presents a challenge for many of us. Below are a few tips to consider, but my main point is this: live seasonally. Winter is a time to reflect, rest and slow down.
A year after the launch of The WorldPost, the hunger for an expanded global conversation is stronger than ever. Wherever we are in the world, we're living in a golden age of engagement for news consumers. And as the media landscape has evolved, The WorldPost has evolved along with it, while staying true to our DNA of combining the best of traditional journalism with the best of an open media and new technologies.
A student debt "jubilee" would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded, and the economic principles which have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity. It is time for a truly transformative idea: Let's Abolish All Student Loan Debt in America.
As the hype around the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay begins to wane, I find it a shame that there has been little attention paid to the perspectives of straight women who have experienced being in a mixed-orientation marriage, where one spouse is gay and the other is straight.
Seems a little odd, no?
Last week, President Obama rightly declared in his State of the Union address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." This week, the Obama administration announced plans open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling.
For the entirety of my married life, I've made more money than my husband. And not a little bit more -- a lot. The year we met, in my job as a Wall Street lawyer, I made something like ten times what he did as an actor and bartender in New York City.
When I ask Alicia Alonso about the thaw in US-Cuban relations, the historic events of the week and if she is happy about that, she simply says, "Who wouldn't be?"
Capsaicin's positive effects are modest. But they are real. All of this is to say, the obsession with chili pepper heat may be a fad. Or a form of masochism. But it may also reflect -- for once -- popular taste and nutrition in a happy alliance.
Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street's excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential corporate information is defrauding millions of middle-class investors.
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.
You think you'll remember every key moment of your kids' lives -- but you won't. Oddly enough, I can recall the theme song from 'Gilligan's Island' but I find it nearly impossible to draw out of cold storage a memory of my oldest kid's first bike ride.
At $200 Million and counting, American Sniper has touched a nerve and set off a national debate on who is real and who is fake. After being maligned by journalists, morning anchors, and bloggers, the Fake Baby from American Sniper is telling his side of the story. And yes, he did it in one take.
The near-global stagnation witnessed in 2014 is man-made. It is the result of politics and policies in several major economies -- politics and policies that choked off demand.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's obsessive resentment toward the civil-rights movement in general, and Martin Luther King Jr. in particular, made President Richard Nixon's infamous "dirty tricks" look like child's play.
Why speak out about Bill Cosby now? The simple answer is that it's the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known. As I write this, more than 20 women have come forward, many with stories that are remarkably similar to mine.
The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus on cultivating asparagus.
Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.
The SNA's sorry love affair with Big Food and Beverage, and their deep pockets, is one of the sadder spectacles we've seen recently. Even sadder is that it continues, full steam ahead, at the expense of our children's health.
It's always worth dipping into the vast archive of Zinn scholarship, but at a moment of increasing social activism and global tension, now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn's wisdom.
Soon no more Holocaust survivors will be alive, and our duty of remembering and understanding increases. This means, among other things, that we must face the uncomfortable truths about human nature that Auschwitz symbolizes.
Enrolling your child in a charter is making a bet that the school will be in business as long as you want to send your child to it. If you lose the bet, you have to know that losing was always a possibility when you made the bet in the first place.
The phenomenon of American life being monetarized is visible across society. Universities, foundations, charities -- not to speak of government agencies -- are used to advance personal power and prestige at least as much as to perform public functions.
Reflecting on my own upcoming marriage, I don't buy into the idea that I'd be the gentle caregiver preoccupied with the household and children while my husband, the strong breadwinner, occupies his mind with the family's finances and ponders the 'big things' thoughtfully by swirling his scotch.
Governments no longer have a monopoly on space exploration. In two or three decades we will have entrepreneurs taking us on private spaceflights to the Moon. That is what has become possible.