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The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.
The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.
Drone strikes have killed other Americans, as well as civilians, in a controversial policy used by the Obama administration in recent years. But the president defended January's operations during his press briefing today.
Absent a credible military threat, there is no reason to believe that Iran will come clean regarding its nuclear program if Washington surrenders its remaining leverage. Nor is it reasonable to hang one's hat on the belief that Iran will moderate its behavior if both its diplomatic and financial isolation is ended.
On this important day, I can live with these dual feelings: an immense pride as a Jew in the glories of the Jewish state, and a realization that the challenges facing Israel are profound and require new initiatives.
What pragmatic liberals like me are calling for is not surrender on the part of progressives, but political maturity. Hillary is far better than any GOP candidate. If she is the Democratic nominee, those who don't want to see a century of reforms decimated should give her their vote.
The sad reality is that the United States government remains the country's largest low wage job creator. All those Senators tromping through New Hampshire promising to rebuild the middle class are part of a Congress that doesn't pay the workers who serve them enough to lift a family out of poverty.
In the next election, I fully expect to see our first woman president. But after that, I think we should break another glass ceiling. It's time to put a non-human in the White House. We're America. We don't settle for second-best.
As we prepare to enter "the silly season," backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton should think seriously about what and whom they are backing.
Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.
In March Petraeus agreed to a lenient plea deal which will likely only result in two years' probation and a $40,000 fine for giving classified information to his mistress and authorized biographer Paula Broadwell.
Unlike the 2012 presidential campaign, in which much of the "war on women" rhetoric employed by Democrats hinged on reproductive health politics and the birth control mandate, next year's presidential race will address a broader array of economic concerns for women, at least if Hillary Clinton has a say.
The conflation of Medicare and Medicaid is not uncommon among, for example, speechwriters and junior staffers. Does that matter? It depends on whether you want the leader of the free world making payment policies for physicians based on only the most general understanding of the issues.
With the U.S.-Israel relationship under growing strain, someone has to step forward to act as its guardian. American Jews have a crucial role in that. We need to begin by laying out the contours of a normal, healthy relationship between Israel and the United States.
The Republican claims are laughable -- but the GOP budget cuts seeking to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are deadly serious.