So welcome to the modern political age of the anti-hero, kicked off in recent times with the impossible 2008 candidacy of Barack Obama. Remember him as the compelling, anti-Establishment voice that spoke of hope and change? Sometimes the anti-hero or anti-leader breaks through. Maybe we will see it again in next year's election cycle, a cycle that could be led by another "impossible" candidate.
The military commissions have once again cancelled two weeks' worth of hearings scheduled in the case of the five alleged plotters of the September 11 attacks. Although the attacks themselves took place nearly 14 years ago, the five men accused of masterminding the deadliest terror attack to ever take place on U.S. soil are still nowhere near trial.
Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.
Sweet or savory? Is that like sugar or spice? We'll take spice every time, though a little sugar can help sweeten the deal.
If you're barely making ends meet, higher pricing can have an impact on your household budget. For that reason, it might be a smart idea to get in the habit of limiting your electricity and power usage now.
A better educated workforce is needed to compete more effectively. A high school education is no longer sufficient in a post-industrial society. But can enough people afford that? Yes, but they need to work for it, in a different way than you think
It is one thing to oppose policy proposals on factual and honest philosophical grounds. It is an entirely different discussion to react, reflexively, against all proposals put forth just because it's suggested by an opponent.
Jeb! Bush thinks he can avoid being tarred with the stain of his brother's failed presidency by ...
The reality is that there is no better Iran deal, and those calling for one never offer a viable plan on how to get there. In fact, the real alternative is war, which will come at tremendous cost.
If international relations obeyed the rules of logic, the United States and North Korea would be sitting down right now to work out their differences.
The 1970s oil crisis led to a lot of new policies to address energy security, one reason why some policymakers have opposed exports of LNG today. On top of that, the social and environmental problems with the globalization of the U.S. fracking industry would be overwhelming.
Is Saudi Arabia prepared for its potential oil crisis and the significant social instability it will cause within its own borders? Yes and no -- and ISIS is standing ready to exploit this inconsistency. In fact, ISIS may even expedite this oil crisis in its ongoing quest to destabilize Saudi Arabia.
Despite what you read in the headlines, Hillary Clinton still has a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders nationwide, and beats Republicans in head-to-head match-ups nationwide. But here's how Hillary could lose the election, or even the nomination, if she doesn't watch out.
Candidates in competitive general election races are loath to be labeled climate deniers -- for fear of looking silly or out of the mainstream. None of this means the fight is over.
Adoption of the sheep as the Republicans' new symbol would, beyond being a more accurate image for their feckless behavior, also remind us of their frequent adoption of sheep's clothing while acting like wolves.
Is this what it's like to have an executive decision maker from the private sector run for political office? Into this Republican chaos enters Donald Trump, system disruptor extraordinaire who will accelerate the demise of Republican politics as we know them and help stabilize a new system.