I live in Oregon and we just legalized recreational use of marijuana. I may need to smoke some, but for medicinal reasons, to create a new mental space to make sense out of how the country voted Tuesday. Welcome to our society of colossal contradictions.
By virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.
There are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the failures of Democratic campaigns across the nation -- but let's try a few.
At this moment there is no Ebola epidemic in the United States. But some have tried -- quite intentionally -- to create an epidemic of fear and panic for their own political gain. That is irresponsible and reprehensible.
A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.
Verma's nomination comes at a particularly important moment in U.S.-India relations. The landmark election of a new Indian government this past May led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely regarded as an important opportunity to refocus ties between Washington and New Delhi.
The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all.
The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.
I'd have to say that rescuing people who've been taken advantage of by hustlers posing as an institution of higher education, and people who've been crushed by bills they've had to pay to get the health care all of us deserve, is a far more morally sound thing to do. And it's having a much bigger impact.
Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.
The only thing keeping the Republicans in the game is the Kochs and their big-money friends dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the pot, and McConnell and other party leaders know it.
There are 3 million people around the world and thousands here in the U.S., many of them kids, whose lives could be changed by a little bar of soap.
Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.
Once it became clear that Senator Reid's office provided cover to the President's decision to delay, we knew we had to mobilize and send a clear message to both Democratic leaders and to our community: We will hold any politician accountable who stands in the way of our families' freedom.
One can only imagine the sound, something like air being let out of a helium balloon, should Hillary Rodham Clinton announce in the beginning of 2015 that she isn't running for president. Most can't for a moment fathom that scenario playing out.
Mitch McConnell needs to answer Harry Reid's and Lauren Windsor's question: Is he going to repudiate this extremism? Or if he continues to find it inspiring, he should tell America, and especially his own constituents, why.