So far much of the discussion on the Democratic side has centered on crucial domestic issues like how to reduce inequality or how to make college more affordable. There has been much less attention paid to life-and-death issues of foreign policy and national security. That needs to change. Whether it happens Tuesday night or not, the candidates eventually have to go beyond reassuring rhetoric to engage in a detailed discussion of their strategy for protecting the country -- and how they would pay for it. Do they have a plan to further reduce the world's massive stockpile of nuclear weapons? Will they vigorously defend and faithfully implement the Iran nuclear deal in the face of ongoing opposition? What are their proposals for dealing with climate change, which is as much a security issue as it is an environmental one?
First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.
There is remarkable intellectual conformity among Republicans. Dems would do well to focus on ideas and their policy differences. It will allow the minor candidates to stand out and it will strengthen the eventual nominee. This is a perfect place to unveil something new and interesting, if there is such a thing.
Let's fill the gap between expectations and reality by showing that workplace equality is both possible and a priority, and ensure that women are fully empowered to press for change and unleash their potential.
The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.
All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.
The U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government all say they are conducting their own investigations into the attack, but only an independent investigation can uncover the facts we need to demand accountability and new safeguards to ensure this type of tragedy doesn't happen again.
Sports takes you out of the skinny girl mentality, out of the sexual object category, and allows you to embrace yourself without self-consciousness and own who you are. That does not make us less of a woman. It makes us more.
The shortcomings of the measure for Social Security are obvious. Moreover, the same inadequate index is used for other programs for seniors and people with disabilities, including military retirement benefits, veterans' compensation, civil service retirement benefits and the means-tested Supplemental Security Income program.
Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.
You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.
The numbers for this crisis are daunting. One of America's favorite past times is essentially draining the lifeblood and the future wealth out of the next generation and few realize it.
Moscow calculated, correctly it appears, that the U.S. and its allies were not going to commit real forces to achieve their stated objectives in Syria. Forced to respond to Russian initiatives in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere, the West is left searching for half-hearted compromises on Russian terms.
This went down badly (not just "tragically," as one of the experts put it) and the officers should be held accountable. An independent investigation would have asked the question: If the 911 caller could see that the "suspect" was a child, and the gun "probably a fake," why couldn't trained police officers see that?
I remember the first time I knew something was wrong. I was in my junior year of high school when I thought about what would happen if I purposely fell down the stairs. I'd always been an overachiever, but being the year before college that really mattered, I wanted to escape from the pressure that I was going through in school.
The Volkswagen scandal hit new lows this week when German-born Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen America, refused to acknowledge the people responsible for falsifying emissions tests on 11 million vehicles or to release essential documents.
Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: it costs almost nothing to implement; it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers. You're envisioning the null set, right?
We have two choices of when our children can fail: now or later. Now, they are still in a safe environment with people willing to help them succeed. Later, it will be in the context of the workplace or with their own families when the stakes are much higher.
A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.
Those of us who don't think it's the best use of government money to give subsidized loans to some of the largest companies in the world have to recognize political reality. With enough campaign contributions on the table, Congress will eventually vote to approve the money.
Like many people, I was outraged when I saw the video of Florida judge Jerri Collins throwing a woman in jail after holding her in contempt of court for not showing up to testify against her allegedly abusive husband.
The ideological and political formations that have fueled Black progress are messy with the particulars of each person's lived experience and beliefs. When forged in operational unity, however, it has been exactly these asymmetrical formations that have been the most terribly effective.
At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools.
ISIS's mad, avowed determination to butcher every "infidel" -- including not just non-Muslims but Shiites and more moderate Muslims as well -- would make the government's case for passport revocation a strong one, so long as full due process safeguards are afforded.
The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game.
The shocking truth people are finding out about Hillary Clinton is she has always been a real progressive. A progressive who understands how government works and that our founding fathers (to their shame there were no founding mothers) set up a government requiring compromise to move ideas forward.
The research on guns and gun ownership is clear. Having firearms in your home makes everyone who lives there more likely to be a victim of gun violence, period. That's irresponsible parenting.
For most people concerned about animal welfare, adopting pets from an animal shelter or rescue organization is unquestionably the right thing to do. However, as we observe "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," it's easy to incorrectly assume that the general public understands this imperative.
This summer, after a hazy August afternoon of poolside BBQing and malaise at my uncle's house, my hyper-inquisitive cousin Mikey hit me with a question I've dreaded for my most of my adult life: "Hey, Louie," he began earnestly, "have you ever had a boyfriend?"
When I left the doctor's office, I went back to my office, went in the bathroom, took one last cigarette out of the pack I had, and smoked it. I flushed the rest of the cigarettes down the toilet. I was done.
Carson's fantasy scenario is the one that reflects the way many Americans approach the issue of guns. The fantasists have come to believe that if they had a gun, they'd be able to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them.