I greet claims that the TPP will boost American growth and jobs with a healthy dose of skepticism. We already trade pretty freely with most of these countries, and tariffs are low enough already that taking them down further will yield marginal, non-measurable gains. In this regard, trade itself matters more than trade agreements, and trade has benefits and costs. TPP proponents correctly note that trade increases the supply of goods and thus lowers consumer prices. Conversely, TPP opponents are on solid ground when noting that what really matters for the American workforce are net exports. We've run large trade deficits in this country for decades, and they are one channel through which globalization has been a factor in rising inequality, wage stagnation, and the loss of manufacturing jobs. So if it's not about growth and jobs, what is it about?
If "pro-life" Republicans want fewer abortions, they have decisions of their own to work out.
Every woman is the captain of her own ship -- the pilot of her own plane -- and equipped to make decisions about the health, safety and security of herself and any passengers.
Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released his plan for changing the tax code. Many of the reports on the plan commented on the growth assumption and pointed out that few, if any, economists took it seriously. As a practical matter, we have seen this story before.
This is the month when Latinos are officially celebrated for everything we have achieved and contributed to this country. Yet the celebration of Latino Heritage Month is bittersweet, because we remain the most underrepresented group in politics and government leadership.
The Republican candidates have now entered a winnowing phase where voters are clearly indicating that there are only six viable candidates in the race. From an initial field of 17, two have dropped out, five are on life support (politically), and four are in stable but critical condition.
While everyone -- including me -- loves to indulge on occasion, eating well at least 80 percent of the time is the key to staying healthy. And surrounding ourselves with nutritious foods certainly helps us to make healthy food choices. Here are nine healthy foods I try stock in my kitchen regularly.
Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.
When I first saw Demi Lovato's Vanity Fair cover this weekend, I applauded her. As a woman who has battled body confidence issues for most of her life and has spoken extensively about her eating disorder, Lovato has finally made peace with her appearance, celebrating with a naked, un-retouched photoshoot.
After the failed promises of NAFTA, a job-destroying trade deficit that has grown despite a long series of free-trade agreements, and ever-more-aggressive foreign mercantilism, it was obvious that America needed a new trade strategy. And if the purely trade aspects weren't bad enough, the TPP is also a profoundly anti-democratic agreement which signs away our right to govern our own economy.
In a rational world, the real needs of the mentally ill would be identified and addressed in an efficient and cost effective way. Those who need care would receive it. Unfortunately, policy in the United States is based mostly on profit, political power, and ideology -- thus producing terrible outcomes that are anything but rational.
Interfaith gatherings occur around the country, often in very simple and beautiful ways, but when we need to mobilize against bigotry, how well equipped are we? Where is our rapid response? Where is the determination to stand up every time someone uses religious identity as an excuse to hate?
Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.
The new Supreme Court term starts today, and sometime this fall the court will consider whether to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that health insurance provide coverage for contraception without a co-pay. Wait -- didn't that already happen, you ask?
Ultimately, this is a decision that Joe Biden has to make. And, by all accounts, it is a hell of an emotional one. I feel for him. There's always a chance that Biden could run, and win. But the chances are, frankly, slim.
If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame. Despite the personal nature of this story, I feel compelled to share it, because I fully believe that no young woman should have to experience such intense shame -- yet the sad truth is, most do.
There was a time when leaders thought their role was to exert power over others. No longer. Today's best leaders recognize their leadership is most effective when they empower others to step up and lead.
When is someone at General Motors going to go to prison for the lives lost thanks to their cheating? Or Toyota? And although we may not be able to count the bodies today, we know that Volkswagen's cheating harms the environment, and that the dirtier air for which they are responsible will cut lives short.
Chicago is tired of being flown over. It is tired of being called the third coast. It is tired of being known for its fierce wind, multiple members of the Daley family, and the Mob. It is tired of being called the Second City. The first Chicago Architecture Biennial -- a success on many counts -- lays all that to rest.
The four-time Grammy nominee has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide throughout her notable career. Her new musical project, titled Picking Up the Pieces, harkens back to the folk roots of her breakthrough 1995 debut album, Pieces of You.
I've realized that I don't need another person to define me because I am perfectly capable of defining myself.
In between the lines of the glossy pages touched with the Kardashian spell, the Obamas have been blurred out for a family that has not used their stan-factor to offer any substantial social impact in this country.
My five-year-old daughter loves to tell people this. Whether we're at the local pride festival or standing in line at the community pool. We have matching rainbow dresses, after all. Still, it took me a while to get used to -- and I'm not the only one.
I can cite facts and figures all day long depicting the disparity in which different communities are policed, who gets stopped, who gets frisked, who gets arrested, who can afford an attorney and what actual crime rates are broken down by various categories including race and ethnicity. Bottom line is, our criminal justice system is unbalanced, broken and in need of immediate repair.
This morning, the White House announced the clinching of a TPP trade deal. Unfortunately, the agreement negotiated by President Obama is completely inadequate to serve the interests of America's manufacturers, industrial workers, farmers, and other segments of the U.S. economy.
The match, a combination of classical, rapid and blitz games, delivered amazing moves and unexpected blunders. All 10 games were decisive, no draws. Svidler, 39, blamed it on exhaustion and the resulting mistakes.
I have no doubt that Dr. Carson is a fantastic surgeon, and I highly encourage him to keep doing what he's good at, what made him famous, what made him loved and what kept him far too busy--presumably and understandably--to read the United States Constitution.
When someone condemns our work, comments unkindly on our appearance, judges our parenting style or disapproves of any of our actions, it is a pure and total reflection of them, not us. Take relief and comfort that a critic's words often have nothing to do with you at all. Here are six reasons critics can be a good thing in your life:
What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.
With a stroke of his pen, President Obama can help address one particularly troubling area of dark money spending in elections. He can issue an Executive Order requiring major companies that are awarded federal contracts to disclose all of their political donations.
The United Nations' top human rights body torpedoed plans this week for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties involved in Yemen's escalating war, even as an Arab coalition backed by the U.S. carried out its deadliest attack on civilians in the country to date.
What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or "disappear" teachers.