In a burst of early-January optimism, let me give you three reasons to be cheerful. If we're lucky, these bright spots from 2014 will endure even after Ebola retreats, ISIS withers away, and Russia backs off.
The pope's visit to America in September 2015 will have a dramatic impact on the public discourse and issue debates of the presidential and congressional campaigns that will formally begin in January 2016, to the advantage of liberals.
Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.
The headline is a quote from Republican Rep. Ken Buck, making us proud just hours before he was sworn in today as a U.S. Representative from Colorado.
Starting Jan. 6, a new story will be written, and it revolves around a central question that some in the party's own rank-and-file are asking: Can the GOP transform itself from a party of obstruction to a party of governing? To date, we simply don't know whether Republican lawmakers will be able to make that transformation.
A decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to abandon plans to adopt a unified contract for domestic workers increases pressure on Qatar to significantly revamp its controversial labour regime in a bid to fend off efforts to deprive it of its right to host the 2022 World Cup.
Real challenges include lifestyle adjustment, culture differences, and a whole different level of acceptance when someone with a different background moves to America. You are not just learning and adjusting to one culture, but to hundreds of cultures to become a real global citizen.
2014 was a decidedly tumultuous year for Latinos, filled with gripping stories, protests, and major letdowns -- among other things, the dip in Latino voter turnout and the congressional inaction on immigration legislation. Along with these we also saw considerable gains, for example, in terms of college enrollment numbers, the number of Latino Congress members, as well as a little light at the end of the tunnel for U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations.
Whether dealing with close U.S. partners or more distant governments, the United States should have the same principled voice for human rights. 2014 was a decent year for change in U.S. policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean. Let's make 2015 a banner year.
The year was marked by historic changes on issues from marriage equality to solitary confinement reform, and it ended with Colorado students taking to the streets, forcing a dialogue about race and police practices.
Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.
On January 9, a federal court is scheduled to listen to arguments about President Obama's executive actions to shield more than 4 million people from deportation. Noticeably absent from the debate is any discussion of immigrants themselves -- the people who will be directly affected by the court's ruling.
In a political stunt of a lawsuit, Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing" to sue.
As one of their year-end announcements, The Centers For Disease Control reported the U.S. birth rate at 1.86, below the replacement level of 2.1. There have already been grumblings about how a lowered fertility rate nationally will have an adverse impact on American economic growth.
Ankore roams the streets at night, looking for a wall to paint. During the day, he's a soft spoken, earnest guy from Central America who works in a factory for minimum wage; when the sun sets, he finds a wall and begins to passionately paint.
Even Obama's supporters sometimes express frustration because the president has refused to act for the sake of acting, shoot from the hip, or jump to conclusions. His approach, no matter the issue, has been measured, studied, thoughtful, cerebral and yes, lawyerly.