Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.
Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.
A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.
Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of "government living within its means," is a farce. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.
When it considers IRS funding, the Senate should take a stronger stand for honest taxpayers by rejecting all cuts and giving the IRS the resources it needs to do its job. The president should accept no less.
It is a shame that LtCol Slear left our ranks in 2001. He would have experienced what these wars were like from the ground, not a television.
Our veterans should not continue to suffer pointlessly. Republicans need to do more than wave an American flag. Rather, they need to work with my Democratic colleagues to pass legislation that provides the VA with the funds it needs.
After speaking with leaders across the federal government in recent weeks, I've come to an unlikely conclusion: Leaders are adjusting to the new budget reality and making progress.
This year's theme for Public Service Recognition Week is "Proud to Serve," a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicate...
Having my sons courted by a recruiter who will tell them about the "great deal" of the military is, in my mind, exposing them to a promise that is quickly becoming an illusion.
There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street's malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too - with a state-owned bank.
This week, the House Ways and Means Committee is poised to demonstrate exactly how the rules get rigged. Beginning on Tuesday, the committee will mark up a series of bills on corporate tax breaks -- known as "extenders" because they have been extended regularly every year or two for over a decade.
As the House votes on a budget plan this week, the choice is not between serving the rich or the poor. It's a choice between investing in broad-based prosperity and continuing a failed experiment of austerity.
A few months ago I was in a restaurant and noticed a mistake on the check. "I'm sorry," the waiter said, suggesting there was nothing he could do about the overcharge. "That's how it's in the computer."
Programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and job retraining help Americans get back on their feet when they are down and out and laid off through no fault of their own. The Republican budget uses these programs as punching bags for their reckless agenda of cut, cut, cut and gut, gut, gut.
Instead of being bogged down in high-level diplomatic talks and lofty statements by politicians, Fulbrighters work to make a direct person-to-person impact.