The United States should view the referendum in Crimea as it would if Scotland or Catalonia voted to secede from their respective countries. Perhaps American interests would be better served by objecting to the occupation by Russia and not the referendum.
Much as his rhetoric and his will power in domestic policy is being recognized, he is generally been seen as lacking the talent to positively distinguish and assert himself in foreign policy.
It was a truly historic moment on Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA's continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our Constitutional division of power.
Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?
With mounting violations and administrative errors, will Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finally intervene in the most controversial strip mine in southern Illinois?
In fact, the situation in the Ukraine is an example of the limits of military power, not the need for more of it.
Beyond being highly controversial, as well as being bad policy, chained CPI was also akin to a unicorn let loose in the arena of the bipartisan deficit reduction "grand bargain" game. But the GOP could not do the work needed to catch it. And now it's dead.
Yes, we know it's all a show, that it's all about appealing to (appeasing) the NRA crowd, and demonstrating that a buttoned-down insider like Mitch McConnell is really one of the guys. Fine. But I have to say, there's something about it that just feels sinister.
The Right wants us to do so much more on the world scene. We should be intervening in so many places, they argue, and any failure to do so signifies inept and gutless leadership, a symptom of America's decline.
The Russian Bear is out of hibernation and its Siberian frost has also settled in Washington, D.C.
In this first-ever national debate over a pipeline, the arguments are getting heated. So maybe it's a good time to take a couple of steps back to remind ourselves why we care. Just why is this pipeline such a big deal? That question has several answers, but they start with this: It's not about the pipe. It's about what the pipe would carry.
Given the appalling violence in Syria -- leaving at least 130,000 dead, some 9 million displaced, and 9.3 million in need of humanitarian aid -- it is urgent for the international community to take action to save lives and relieve suffering.
Since it was introduced, FAFSA has been simplified. In 2009 it took as much as an hour and half to fill out. Today, intuitive, online software lets parents and students skip irrelevant questions and load financial info directly from the Internal Revenue Service website.
We need to evoke mindfulness in what we think, see and do; or else pass the craziness of our current world onto our children.
The real problem is actually the administration's over-engagement in this case -- as in meddling in the affairs of another state and trying to rearrange its domestic political machinery to suit Washington's agenda.
Last week, President Obama got an earful from his immigration allies. The pressure over immigration is unprecedented because it is coming from the left, and also because it is well-deserved.