We all remember the childhood story of Pinocchio and the valuable life lesson it taught us about the importance of telling the truth. I've repeated the same story to my own children in hopes that a growing nose may dissuade them from lying. Unfortunately, the Pinocchio story doesn't seem to have impacted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or Crossroads GPS.
You don't need a crystal ball to see that immigration-reform legislation is dead. It is consistently one of the most difficult topics for any country to tackle, and we have the most dysfunctional, do-nothing Congress in U.S. history.
During the 2012 election cycle, the online gathering place for mothers, CafeMom, attended the national conventions of both the Republican and Democrat...
Yes, smart Democratic campaigns should do everything possible to turn out every eligible African-American, Hispanic and single-woman voter, but the issue of turning out young voters is much trickier and demands closer examination and specific voter research for every campaign.
The camouflaged, bearded duck hunter in the sky, in his infinite wisdom and vendetta against mallards, gave liberals everywhere a gift. His name is Phil Robertson and his controversial comments on homosexuals, Satan in politics and God are well-documented.
Despite his failure to heal the country's stark sectarian divides, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is nearly guaranteed a third term at the helm after the latest elections.
Majority tyrannies are injuring and endangering neighbors outside state borders and minorities within.
I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?
The Chamber, along with other business leagues, local chambers of commerce, boards of trade, real estate boards and, yes, even the NFL, are all considered "non-profit" 501(c)6 organizations in the eyes of the I.R.S., which grants such organizations virtually unlimited access to money that they use to lobby Congress and its committees.
There was a moment in the Ann Richards campaign against George W. Bush when I knew in advance she had lost.
We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Mitt Romney, rather than gracefully accepting defeat, continues to let us know he would have been a better president. Ann Romney, too, has expended energy bashing President Obama, ungraciously.
I worried that we were going to slide into deeper economic turmoil and perhaps even violence. I feared that our division was aiding a gradual slide into plutocracy -- governance by the elite, the super wealthy. In other words, we were being divided and conquered.
There's a prevailing school of thought in GOP circles currently underwriting much of the opposition to immigration reform that supporting the measure would lead to the demise of the Republican Party. It's wrong.
What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.
Some media organizations should consider giving up their spot on the campaign bus and trying to stand out from the crowd by devoting those resources to reporting on things that are at least as likely to have a significant impact on the election.
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