The U.S. House of Representatives Republican majority recently introduced an appropriations bill that shreds a sizable portion of the nation's environmental protection infrastructure. The good news is that this Interior Department appropriations bill is unlikely to emerge from the Senate.
In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans -- but their remedy will do far more harm than good.
House Speaker, John Boehner remains guarded about Pope Francis' upcoming visit. "We're walking on eggshells here," says Boehner, "If we let the Pope address Congress with Jumbotrons on the Mall, next thing you know, we're going to have to give equal time to the Evangelicals, the Seventh Day Adventists, and, lord help us, the Grand Imam."
Congress still has not found or agreed upon a funding source to ensure that work on our roads and bridges continues after August 1 when the 33rd extension of the funding authorization for the program expires.
This multilateral negotiation, which was started by the George W. Bush administration, has always been about Iran's nuclear program and nothing else. It's not about Syria. It's not about Yemen. The Iran deal will not make you look five pounds thinner, as Gil Scott-Heron might have said.
The same gang -- with the same worldview that brought us the war in Iraq -- are back. They were wrong last time -- and they are just as wrong this time.
Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.
The reduction in deaths due to motor vehicle accidents provides an instructive example of how a major public health problem related to a technological advance can be managed.
All things considered, the major equity markets of the world have been fairly orderly for the past year and a half. That is, all except the Chinese market.
At the AARP Forum on Family Caregiving in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2015, lawmakers recognized the hard work of caregiving. They spoke of bills that would provide funds to help millions across the nation in need of caregiving.
In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.
It's a hypnotically attractive argument. It sounds tough -- more troops! -- but the number is low enough that proponents can claim, with a straight face, that we aren't repeating the Iraq War all over again. Ten thousand. More than Obama. ("I'll be tougher!") Less than Bush. ("But I've learned my lesson!") Just right.
Americans think members of Congress are out of touch. But perhaps Congressional failures result from being too responsive. As a nation, we may suffer from too much, not too little, democracy.
I found that the main reason why they didn't vote last year was simple: They couldn't see any difference between the candidates. When there is no difference between the candidates, Democrats don't vote, and Democrats lose.
This really is an extremely exciting and unique opportunity for Fairfax County to host the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. For those who don't know about the games, I think they had their genesis in about 1967 or so with the California Police Games.
State Sen. Ellen Roberts quickly went from being a rarity in Colorado, a great Republican hope to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, to being just another common Colorado Republican implosion.