Just when you thought climate as a driver was dead, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard, and statistics confirmed the hottest year on record in the U.S. But it's less the strange weather, and more the devastation left in its path, that's the big deal here.
In a town where relationships are the most powerful currency, if compromise hinges on an intercultural friendship between the president and Republican leaders in Congress, then middle ground will remain out of reach.
Like the disaster of 9-11, Newtown points to a larger and more profound societal instability that defines our transitional era.
Everyone is tired of hearing the phrase "fiscal cliff" and you may think it's old news, so why should you explain it to your kids? Because it is a good opportunity to revisit your lessons on family finance and budget.
It's time to end corporate welfare before forcing our most vulnerable citizens to face unnecessary cuts in programs they rely upon to survive. It's time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.
Congress must reauthorize Violence Against Woman Act. America must lead the way to help end violence against woman worldwide.
Republicans are trying everything in their power to obstruct Obama and Democrats on every conceivable front, even if that means shamelessly indicting a decent, rational, thoughtful patriot like Hagel.
The IRS announced that it will delay accepting all 2012 tax returns by eight days, pushing the acceptance of both e-file and paper tax returns to January 30. But the filing deadline of April 15 remains unchanged.
Like many of the issues at the forefront of the current economic debate, a decades-long crisis is brewing when it comes to funding America's highways, bridges and tunnels.
The fiscal cliff deal we were given was fashioned in a matter of days with too little revenue initiatives, no spending cuts, no debt ceiling resolutions, and a cornucopia of corporate tax extensions.
On budget issues, Obama has been just dismal. One can only conclude that he is in bed with the wrong people -- those who believe that the road to prosperity is through austerity.
It is time to reauthorize VAWA for all women, including Native Americans, immigrant women and individuals who identify as LGBTQ, who deserve the same protections as everyone else.
Has the culture of "retching across the aisle" introduced by the Tea Party so infected everyone else that they simply can't abide the idea of a "win-win" result?
Now that Congress, as part of its fiscal cliff compromise, has given the wind industry a one year extension on its present tax rules, it's time to take a sober look at the real economics behind the struggle between future energy and fossil fuels.
On a train from Paris over the holiday, I received a 25% discount because of my age. The only way the French government can afford to give me that 25% discount is to tax. And as Depardieu's departure to the other side of the old Iron Curtain signifies, this tax can be unbearably high.